December 13, 2010

MEMORY LANE: MARIA MCKEE


Since sleep is once again not coming, and according to various medical journal articles (not that I would be desparate enough to read those, ahem) you should not try to force it and rather get up again, here I am, too tired to work on anything, but far too awake to shut my eyes. And so what is one to do?

Gosh, import old CDs from that bag of tricks you been carrying around with yourself. The first part here belongs to Maria McKee, a singer-songwriter known to most of us who were around at the end of the 1980s (yes, I am that old) and who first listened to her in the absolute Bruckheimer blah named Days of Thunder, singing "Show me Heaven" (cover me...)

But her other songs are so much better, and right now, I am giving you one that I think belongs to her best, a little thing called "My Girlhood Among The Outlaws"

My girlhood among the outlaws
Was salty, bittersweet
The things I did, I could just kick myself now
Through nights of lousy dreams

As visions gather in my head
I find it hard to live with the things I did and said

But for you, my friend
I'd live it all again and love you in the end

Anything for you, baby, anything for you
If it took those years to get me here
I'd do it again for you

I took a leap of faith and I stumbled
I tried to live outside grace and I was humbled
But I'd like to bet if I live to fear regret
Then we never would've met

Hey, anything for you, baby, anything for you
If it took those years to get me here
I'd do it again for you

So here we are and I don't know what to call it
'Cause love, love is such a funny promise
Commitment is impossible, forever is a lie
But that still leaves you and I

Oh, what the hell... here's "Show Me Heaven", too.