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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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 2, 2015 at EDT am

Posted in Music videos

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  1. It’s not clear to me where Cyndi was headed.

    The Chateau knows…….He would say that Cyndi dumps David Wolff and runs off with a charismatic Alpha jerk boy.

    Wade Nichols

    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  2. “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.”

    This is how the small town that I grew up near looked like in the 80’s. It makes me very nostalgic. What has happened to this country?

    Beautiful video. I assume that Cyndi felt that her hometown was too small for her, and that she had bigger dreams, hence the reason why she’s leaving. I think it means she’s moving to Hollywood, not going to college.


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  3. I saw her sing this live as a memorial tribute at the 2013 Tony Awards rehearsals.
    It was a very sad and moving moment.

    Memoriam Tribute Tony Awards 2013 by Cyndi Lauper

    I still think the GJWTHF is one of her best:

    Nedd Ludd

    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  4. You talk a lot about how the upper classes fetishize self-actualization, but there’s less to that than you claim.

    True follow-your-bliss self-actualization is not allowed if it leads to the wrong career. It’s not OK to move from Spence to Yale to DHL Logistics, no matter how much the student loves maps and schedules.

    It’s not OK to self-actualize as an airline pilot, oil wildcatter, foam mattress importer, auto part manufacturer, or almost any other job.

    In fact, the number of “approved” self-actualizing jobs is minuscule: think tank, non-profits, law, medicine, finance, the arts, and a few other Manhattan-centric avocations. (And who in their right mind actually thinks of finance as “self actualizing”?)

    Sorry, Lion, the private school set is not self-actualizing — they are conforming by entering the career paths expected of them.

    If expectations conflict with self-actualization, expectations win.


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  5. but at the train station Cyndi apparently tells him that she can ride the train by herself.

    You’ve misinterpreted the ending. As they’re walking across the lobby he stops and she walks back. She doesn’t tell him not to come. If you read his lips, he says “I can’t go”. They’re both obviously sad about their lives taking them in different directions.


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  6. This is real:


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  7. Gee, all this time I thought it was about Warren Beatty.


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

  8. God I miss the 80s. A great time to be a kid. An optimistic time.

    Though there are old timers who grew up in the 50s and 60s and say the 80s was trash by comparison. . .and they might be right.

    I think alt-righters ultimatley yearn for a wholesome patriarchal White America, where the government is for the people, people can find work without too much duress, employers are fair and pro-American, and men can find wives without total feminist hell. And pornography does NOT blanket the land and is illegal like it should be.


    December 2, 2015 at EDT pm

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