Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Metro - Berlin

Artist: Berlin
Song: The Metro
Year: 1982
Album: Pleasure Victim

I'll admit that I don't remember this song when it came out. I suppose that this song was buried by the success of "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun. I'm sure that I had heard this in the eighties. I had MTV on in the background practically every day. In fact, I know that I would have heard it then. The thing is, I don't remember it.

What made me rediscover this song was a show on VH1 called Bands Reunite, or something like that. I used to watch that show every time that it came on. I found the dynamic of old wounds and new prospects to be interesting, especially surrounding older bands.

When Berlin reunited on the show, they played "The Metro" over and over again. There was even footage of the newly reunited band playing the song at their reunion show. From there, I was hooked on the song.

I'm not sure why this escaped me back in the eighties. I'm glad I rediscovered this little gem of a song. It's bouncy and poppy without being bubblegum. It's a great example of eighties music.

I'm alone
sitting with my empty glass
my four walls
follow me through my past
I was on a Paris train
I emerged in London rain
and you were waiting there
swimming through apologies

I remember searching for the perfect words
I was hoping you might change your mind
I remember a soldier sleeping next to me
riding on the Metro

You wore white
smiling as you took my hand
so removed
we spoke of wintertime in France
minutes passed with shallow words
years have passed and still the hurt
I can see you now
smiling as I pulled away

I remember the letter wrinkled in my hand
"I'll love you always" filled my eyes
I remember a night we walked along the Seine
riding on the Metro

I remember a feeling coming over me
the soldier turned, then looked away
I remember hating you for loving me
riding on the Metro

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