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Time After Time, by Cyndi Lauper: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: She’s So Unusual

-Artist: Cyndi Lauper

-Release Year: 1983

-Song Length: 4:01

-Genre: Soft Rock, New Wave

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 185

Lyrics:

Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new
Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories
Time after

Sometimes you picture me
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said
Then you say, “go slow”
And I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time
If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows
You’re wondering if I’m okay
Secrets stolen from deep inside (deep inside)
And the drum beats out of time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time
If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time
Time after time

I’ve got a suitcase of memories that I almost left behind
Time after time
Time, time, time
But you say to go slow but I fall behind
Time after time after time (after time, oh)

Review:

This is one of those songs that if you’ve listened to basically any ‘80s music station you will probably have heard this song.

Cyndi Lauper is such a classic when it comes to 1980s music.  It is really fascinating that so much of the music that is mentioned in the book is the music that I grew up with.

I literally haven’t heard this song in years, and I could sing to the entire thing without really thinking about it.  Its that kind of catchy.  The type that you could have not heard in forever then you hear it once and you’ll be singing it for days.

Like most 1980s pop this song has very repetitive lyrics but the tune is catchy and you can understand the emotion and feeling that she was trying to convey in the song.  While she is most well known for her “Girls Just Want to have Fun” this is honestly one of my favorite songs of hers.

She does tell a great story in this song, and I think that for anyone who has felt the emotions of feeling inadequate in their relationship has felt the way that Lauper speaks of in the song. 

For as synth-pop as this song is with the clock-ticking in the background and the bright guitar melody it does have so much depth in such a short amount of time.

I truly do love this song and how much Cyndi Lauper was able to get into this song…and she wrote the lyrics herself. 

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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