Yesterday, when I was thinking about Velvet singing his Victory Song, prematurely, I was compelled to find the Eagles video where the Victory Song appears - Already Gone.
This version was recorded in Houston in 1977. I'm pretty sure I was in the audience at this very concert with my High School boyfriend. I'm also pretty sure that he has no fond memories of me since I threw him over within 72 hours of landing at North Texas State University. Fun fact to know and tell: The guys who wrote Rocky Horror Picture Show went to NTSU, briefly, and set the movie in Denton which was certainly appropriate given that back in the day, NTSU was filled with music majors on acid experimenting with jazz. Pretty wild. I studied Russian and Philosophy which is why my mother became worried that the FBI would have a file on me. Now that the Digg Patriots put me on their list of subversives, I guess the Koch Brothers have a file on me which may be just as good - or bad depending on your point of view.
I like Already Gone, especially the line "You can see the stars and still not see the light," but it's not a song that ever influenced my ideas about men, women and/or relationships. For that, we turn to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. When I'm feeling culpable, I identify with Neil Young.
"I want to love you but I'm feeling blown away."
Cowgirl in the Sand
"Old enough now to change your name. When so many love you, is it the same? It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game"
However, the truth is that my ideas about what a woman is and should be came from Stevie Nicks.
Gold Dust Woman makes an excellent point: "Rulers make Bad Lovers. You better put your kingdom up for sale."
Leather and Lace because in my heart, I believe that we can come together to create balance, harmony and mutual support.
Which brings us back to Crosby, Stills and Nash to ultimately describe things in Relationships - Helplessly Hoping because even though these two are fearful, and kind of fucked up, "they are for each other."
Now that I'm a certain age, I hope I've become that Woman/Girl who knows Love will endure - because you know it will.
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