James Blunt: 1973 Meaning
You're getting older
Your journey's been
Etched on your skin
Wish I had known that
What seemed so strong
Has been and gone
I would call you up every Saturday night
And we'd both stay out till the morning light
I guess my interpretation is when James Blunt met the girl who called Simona . in 1973 . so he was happy with her ! but i think he has left this country when he met his girlfriend so ! he just missed her again and he missed what they were doing ! I mean when he said : I would call you up every Saturday night
And we'd both stay out till the morning light
And we sang, "Here we go again". so he just keep doing the good things which he was doing with her ! and of course he promises her ! that he keeps do these things forever . but when he came back to the country he found that the country has changed at all ! i mean ! everything is gone ! Even his girlfriend so he became sad ! and more ! hopeful
anonymous Jan 21st 2012, 13:30 report
He was interviewed about this. It's about a club he read about.
anonymous Jul 11th 2011, 07:02 report
James was born in Feb 1974, and he is singing about a relationship in the generation of his parents, which understandably has interest to the poet/author in him. I was aged 18/19 in 1973, a year when clubs for dancing, drinking and eating scampi out of baskets were starting to flourish, and if I had known a girl called Simona I’m sure I would have wanted to call her up every Saturday night for good, carefree times. The song is written today (nearly 40 years later) looking back. With love, but some regrets – “we’ve been there and gone”, “the journey’s been etched on your skin”.
Like most pop songs written by JB or anyone else, best not to over-analyse every single word – the best songs are created from the heart: fusing poetry, melody and fleeting thoughts and emotions rather than facts. So references to songs like “I can see clearly now the rain has gone” and “The same old song” are not from 1973 but may still be representative snippets from the singer’s memories of Simona in the 1970s (and could have played at discos in 1973).
When I first heard the song I thought it was maybe about James’ relationship with a much older woman, wishing they had been together during her prime of youth. But much more likely to be about a guy in his late 50’s wishing he could recapture the best moments of his life when he first fell in love with Simona.
anonymous Jan 8th 2010, 09:18 report
James Blunt gives two stories I know of about this song, 1973, one that its about a club in Spain that was founded in 1973 and second, a radio interview where he says its about his memories of going to clubs in britain during the 1990's.
I think the second does make sense. If you went pub crawling in britain during the 1990's there were disco themed nights and some clubs were just plain out of the 70's and yes, all they played the song here we go again endlessly no matter where you went.LOL.
The rest of the album is rather dark suggesting a reference to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the clubs on the mainland, which was certainly was a factor in going out in Britain during that time.
I could be wrong Bones.
anonymous Dec 18th 2008, 08:35 report
This song in my interpretation is of the times he had wen he was younger he went to the club had his time and youth and moved on and allowed the younger generation to have their moment in the sum but just because he moved on doesn't mean he wanted to or will forget it his time was then this is ares now.
anonymous Feb 23rd 2008, 20:57 report
After he toured and did all his stuff for back to bedlam, he went to some secluded area in Europe to write more music. He would go to the clubs and stuff and this song is about a woman he met at a club called 1973 and his relationship with her.
anonymous Nov 20th 2007, 03:57 report
He has correctly identified us starting to repeat the mistakes of the 1970's, and I think this song, whilst I wish it was better musically, pays homage to the good things that lived and died in that era. The magical sense of hope and freedom, equality and even power for women. Mona sounds like an aging hipster or mod girl who, being very much a product of her generation, found herself a young man to love and teach about the way the world will be in his future. James now looks at her and the promises made in their childhood and realises that her nievete trumped his own, perhaps even learn from her mistakes and at the same time console her in keeping the ideals she imparted alive.
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