Songs about Nostalgia
Is the past really better than the present? Were the good old days really that good? Is it true that "they don't make them like they used to"? Or is the natural delusion we all have to look back on the past and remember only the good parts making those old times seem better than they really are?
In any case, these are the songs that commemorate past times and a fondness for days gone by. You can be nostalgic over the culture of a time, nostalgic for your youth, or just those carefree days of summer when you and your sweetheart had all the time in the world. One notable thing about nostalgia though is that the Internet is making it obsolete. The Internet is great at preserving culture, which is why we still have Star Wars movies coming out some 40 years after the first one was released. Why be nostalgic for the past when the past keeps following you around?
"Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time
On a live wire right up off the street
You and I should meet
Junebug skipping like a stone
Headlights pointed at the dawn
We were sure we’d never see an end to it all"
Statler Brothers, The
"I grew up a child of the 50s
Learned to dance to the beat of rock & roll
Television was my friend
I Love Lucy, Rin Tin Tin
Kissed my first girl when I was 10 years old"
"I wish a buck was still silver
It was back when the country was strong
Back before Elvis
Before the Vietnam war came along"
"Take me back, back to the shack
Back to the strat with the lightning strap
Kick in the door, more hardcore
Rockin out like it's '94"
"Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking 'bout cars and dreaming 'bout women
Never had a plan just a livin' for the minute"
Statler Brothers, The
"All the colors of my youth, the red, the green, the whole
Are beatin me black and blue, cause you’re in every scene
My friends try to cheer me up, get together at the pizza hut
I didn’t have the heart to tell em, that was our place"
"It was just on old plywood boat
With a '75 Johnson with electric choke
A young boy two hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it made me feel"
Ben Folds Five
"That you'd love him till the end of time
Now, that's the same thing that you told me
Seems like just the other day
Gee, ain't it funny, how time slips away."
"Damn I used to loved this view, sit here and drink a few
Main street and the high school lit up on a Friday night
Down there it’s another touchdown, man this years team is stout
I can hear em going crazy, and up here so am I"
Tell me 'bout the good old days.
Sometimes it feels like
This world's gone crazy.
Grandpa, take me back to yesterday,
Where the line between right and wrong
Didn't seem so hazy."
"No amount of money could buy from me
The memories that I have of then
No amount of money could pay me
To go back and live through it again"
"So baby, let's sell your diamond ring
Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
This coat and tie is choking me
In your high society you cry all day
We've been so busy keepin' up with the Jones
Four car garage and we're still building on
Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love"
"Oh, play me some mountain music,
Like grandma and grandpa used to play.
Then I'll float on down the river
To a Cajun hideaway."
"'Cause I have photographs and memories
Of the times
When you weren't on my mind
And I was alone
And I have poetry and drawings
Of my life "
"Do You Remember
When We Fell In Love
We Were Young
And Innocent Then
Do You Remember
How It All Began
It Just Seemed Like Heaven"
"Remember when I was young and so were you
and time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I
We made love and then you cried
"Every word's a new regret if you say it right, right
Every wound can be forgotten in the right light
Oh nostalgia, I don't need you anymore"
"Oh when I look back now
That was seemes to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life"
"I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost"
"Up those stairs in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar
I bet you didn’t know under that live oak
My favorite dog is buried in the yard"
"Pieces of our past slowly slip away,
But time just stands still when I walk in this place."
"I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday."
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