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Monday, November 21, 2011

SONGS I LIKE: Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)

hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.

Whitesnake is one of those big hair metal bands from the 1980s that people tend to mock. They had a big sound and some huge hits, then faded away, although lead singer David Coverdale is still around doing his thing. The band was a lot better than most of the hair metal bands of the time such as White Lion and Poison. They had a lot of talent and Coverdale had an incredible voice.

The song "Here I Go Again" is one of their absolute best. It seems kind of ordinary at first, but builds quickly into something not just catchy, but lasting and you can't help enjoying it even if you haven't seen the video with Tawny Kitaen at her peak of hotness. The song starts out with a theme I think many people would agree with if they thought about it: songs lie about love.

We grow up hearing songs about love and how it ought to be, this soaring, emotional explosion that goes on and on and you are loved back even better than you give. That's just not how it works. There's a time of this intoxicating infatuation that soars and destroys your capacity for rational judgment, but that goes away, and if you've based your entire relationship on how you feel, that goes away, too.

Still, you can't help but sympathize with the singer: he's looking for the love he's always been told is out there, the kind of love that consumes you and never goes away, with someone you can trust, respect, and who treats you with respect and love every day.

I don't know where I'm goin'
but I sure know where I've been
hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
but here I go again, here I go again.

Tho' I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find what I'm looking for.
Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on
'cos I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams.

Here I go again on my own
goin' down the only road I've ever known.
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time.

Just another heart in need of rescue
waiting on love's sweet charity
an' I'm gonna hold on for the rest of my days
'cos I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams.

Here I go again on my own
goin' down the only road I've ever known.
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
but here I go again, here I go again,
here I go again, here I go.

An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time.

Here I go again on my own
goin' down the only road I've ever known.
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
'cos I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams.

Here I go again on my own
goin' down the only road I've ever known.
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.
An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
but here I go again, here I go again,
here I go again, here I go,
here I go again


Here's the real official video (after an ad) so you can enjoy Tawny one more time:



This is part of the Songs I Like series.

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