©2021 Michael Raven
I have “an issue”.
Every single time I listen to this song, I get teary-eyed.
I’m very much a product of the 70s: Boys don’t cry.
I had crying beat out of me by the fourth grade by classmates, combined with societal shaming. Just like you didn’t shit your pants past a certain age, if you are a boy, you didn’t cry. Under any circumstance.
You think I’d be able to change that. But I can’t unless I get extremely emotionally wound up. However, there are a few things, like this song, which trigger something very close. I have no idea why (although, lately, I have my suspicions based on certain matters which will remain private for personal reasons).
Movie scenes, as I’ve mentioned before, that get me nearly weepy are Rodrigo’s redemption scene from The Mission and Valmont’s duel scene from Dangerous Liaisons (Malkovich version). There are others.
I, I can remember Standing by the wall And the guns shot above our heads And we kissed as though nothing could fall And the shame was on the other side Oh, we can beat them forever and ever Then we could be heroes just for one day
key word: lifetimes