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Always something there to remind me…

Do you ever wake up with a song playing in your head?

With lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, this one, I discovered, was originally recorded as a demo for Dionne Warwick in 1963, and first charted for Lou Johnson in the summer of 1964.

And then, in the early eighties, just as I was entering my thirties, and tasting delicious, exacting motherhood for the first time, the song was revived by Naked Eyes, a British band whose video is on Youtube:

Always something there…

Always Something There to Remind Me

The Lyrics

I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me
And every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me
Always something there to remind me

As shadows fall, I pass a small cafe where we would dance at night
And I can’t help recalling how it felt to kiss and hold you tight
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me
Always something there to remind me
I was born to love her, and I will never be free
You’ll always be a part of me
Oh whoa ooh whoa ooh whoa oh

If you should find you miss the sweet and tender love we used to share
Just go back to the places where we used to go and I’ll be there
Well, how can I forget you, girl?
When there is always something there to remind me
Always something there to remind me
I was born to love her, and I will never be free
You’ll always be a part of me
‘Cause there is always something there to remind me

Always something there to remind me

Wo, wo, wo, oh, oh, oh!

Other singers of the song include Sandy Shaw 1964; R.B. Greaves 1969; the Hippos 1999; All Saints 1998; and the crooner, Richard Poon in the 2000s. In fact, this song has been recorded widely over time and space. Eddy Mitchell, (acca Claude Moine) a French singer of Rock, R&B, and country music sang the song in French (Toujours un coin qui me rappelle) to great acclaim in 1965.

In the second half of the 1960s, I was living in France. There I was enchanted by the powerful and moving songs of George Brassens, Edie Piaff and Jacques Brel.

Ne me quitte pas…

What about you, does this ever happen to you? See my post on Cargoes on this site at http://anneskyvington.com.au/a-funny-thing-happened/

It’s about stuff surging up from the depths of the Unconscious without your doing?

4 Comments
  • IAN WELLS
    Posted at 11:40h, 15 November Reply

    “It’s about stuff surging up from the depths of the Unconscious without your doing?”

    Cued by familiar surroundings and events rather than rooted in specific recollection it has been found that deep rooted memories associated with high emotions are more likely to spontaneously come to the surface than non-emotional ones. These phenomena arte called mind-pops. The sounds and images that seemed to pop up randomly, don’t actually come from nowhere, though sometimes they are prompted by nothing your conscious mind is aware of and are more likely to come when your attention is roaming and diffused. Experiencing mind-pops may be associated with creativity as these apparently random associations can help to solve creative problems.

    What I’m suggesting, Anne, is that these mind-pops you have are associated with your latent creativity. Right on, so write on. LOL.

    • Anne Skyvington
      Posted at 19:46h, 18 November Reply

      Yes, you’re so right, Ian. Jung discovered that IT was all alive way down there.

  • IAN WELLS
    Posted at 11:40h, 15 November Reply

    “It’s about stuff surging up from the depths of the Unconscious without your doing?”

    Cued by familiar surroundings and events rather than rooted in specific recollection it has been found that deep rooted memories associated with high emotions are more likely to spontaneously come to the surface than non-emotional ones. These phenomena arte called mind-pops. The sounds and images that seemed to pop up randomly, don’t actually come from nowhere, though sometimes they are prompted by nothing your conscious mind is aware of and are more likely to come when your attention is roaming and diffused. Experiencing mind-pops may be associated with creativity as these apparently random associations can help to solve creative problems.

    What I’m suggesting, Anne, is that these mind-pops you have are associated with your latent creativity. Right on, so write on. LOL.

    • Anne Skyvington
      Posted at 19:46h, 18 November Reply

      Yes, you’re so right, Ian. Jung discovered that IT was all alive way down there.

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