Song Lyric Sunday: 1980s!

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge – to post a song from the 1980s –  has had me wracking my brains for the last hour. Which is ridiculous, because – as Husband and 12YO have pointed out – almost everything I ever listen to is from the eighties! But how do you pick one song to sum up an entire decade? Particularly when it’s the decade which spans your teenage years. I mean, I was eight years old and playing with Sindy dolls at the start of the eighties, and off to university by the end of it. From the Jam to the Stone Roses feels more like a geological age to me, rather than a mere ten years.

The other problem is, it’s kind of a cheesy decade, looking back. You know, the shoulder pads and the mullets, the white denim and the synthesized pop tunes. I’m torn between posting something that I actually listened to at the time (some of which I’m now a bit embarrassed by) or something that I learned to appreciate when I was older (and had acquired slightly better taste). I could paint a picture of myself as a whole lot cooler than I actually was, by sharing one of the NME’s Top 100 Songs of the 1980s (many of which I did like) – but the truth is I spent a lot of the eighties listening to Phil Collins and Belinda Carlisle.

When I started writing this, I still had absolutely no idea which song I was going to choose. Fortunately, inspiration hit me as I reached the second paragraph, so here’s Break Out by Swing out Sister from 1986. This was a hit, but not a massive one; it’s more jazzy than pop, with a grown-up, laid back feel to it and a rather lovely horn section. I really liked it when it came out, which I like to think means I was showing early signs of good taste!

When explanations make no sense
When every answer’s wrong
You’re fighting with lost confidence
All expectations gone

The time has come to make or break
Move on don’t hesitate
Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
Now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

When situations never change
Tomorrow looks unsure
Don’t leave your destiny to chance
What are you waiting for
The time has come to make your break
Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
Now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
Now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

Some people stop at nothing
If you’re searching for something
Lay down the law
Shout out for more
Breakout and shout day in day out
Breakout

Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
Now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

(Lyrics by Andy Connell, Corrinne Drewery, Martin Jackson, reproduced from lyricsmode.com)

 

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9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: 1980s!

  1. I didn’t recognize this one at first, but I did, as soon as I started listening. I think all tastes in the eighties count. I really always liked Collins and Carlisle and still do.

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