For this week’s entry in the 52 Songs that changed my life, I need to refer you to last week’s entry on Take it Easy by The Eagles.
What I didn’t mention, is that this wasn’t the only trip we ever took to the Lakes, nor was The Very Beast of The Eagles the only thing we listened to.
A year later, we were back.
Same beautiful scenery, same long, winding roads, different soundtrack.
This time, Dad had chosen Beautiful South’s first greatest hits collection, Carry On Up The Charts.
And man, if he played that album once, he played it a thousand times.
20 years later, every member of my family knows every line to every song on that album, all because of how many times we heard it on that trip to Keswick.
It’s become one of those things that our family shares, that we’ve all got in common.
Today, it’s that which makes this song stand out as important for me, but back then, but back then it was the quality of the songwriting that really got to me.
Even as a kid, I remember appreciating that what we were listening to was a special breed of pop songwriter, something that was beautifully poetic and yet at the same time so completely down to earth in a way I’d never heard before.
To be honest, I could say that about every song on that album, but there was something about Old Red Eyes is Back, something about the rawness of it, the juxtaposition of sorrowful mourning with a kick ass melody that left and indelible impression on me.
Today, I can’t help but feel good when I hear that song, not so much for the subject itself, but for the fond memories I have of the time that I first heard it.
Old Red Eyes is Back by Beautiful South is the seventh song in my list of 52 songs that changed my life. Other entries in this list are below: