Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
My impetus for writing about this song is that there is an article about the song in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.
The song has beautiful bitter-sweet melody and lyrics reminiscing about past relationships: not necessarily sexual relationships, it could be the relationship that the singer had with her mother.
The music video tells a story about how Cyndi Lauper leaves her mother (played in the video by her real-life mother) to live with her boyfriend in a trailer in the woods with unironic pink flamingos out front.
There’s a scene at a diner where Cyndi shows her new outrageous hairstyle to her boyfriend, and he initially appears horrified by it. Cyndi runs away. The boyfriend immediately runs after her, obviously feeling really bad about what he just did. Cyndi becomes intensely homesick and remembers the unconditional love of her mom.
Cyndi decides to leave her boyfriend and go somewhere else. When the boyfriend finds out, instead of being angry, he tenderly hugs her and kisses her forehead, and he drives her to the train station, first making a stop at her mom’s house so she can say good bye to her mom. He even brings a suitcase for himself so he can accompany her all the way back to her final destination, but at the train station he appears to change his mind but he is very sad about it. Then she is seen crying on the train as she looks out the window as the train departs.
(It’s not clear to me where Cyndi was headed. Maybe she’s finally going to get that college education so she can obtain a self-actualizing career?)
There are beautiful scenes of prole small-town America in the 1980s. Everyone in the video is prole, but it makes you feel a great sense of nostalgia for the real working-class Americans of the 1980s.