Turn to You was among the songs on my playlist and one that I had always liked for its rhythm, upbeat tempo, melody, and of course Belinda Carlisle's vocal style. In other words, it was all about the music. But tonight I absently gazed at the lyrics on the screen as the song played and realized that they're kind of interesting. I had never paid attention to what the song was actually about. The beginning caught my attention:
But I know what you're doing
You think falling in love
Means falling to ruin
You build your walls so high
You act your life out all alone
You don't want to let me see
That your heart's not made out of stone
Talk about keeping up a "macho" facade. Well, I do like a man who can be relied on to be the rock even as everything around him collapses (figuratively speaking), but then maintaining a heartless demeanor isn't that attractive.
Before I launch into a whole discourse on the wonderful differences between the natural qualities of men and women, what I think of masculinity in today's world, the idea of men's being "in touch with their feminine side" and other such concepts, I just want to say what prompted this post in the first place: how amazing it is to be able to appreciate things when one takes a deeper look into them, even if it's only a rock and roll song from decades ago.
Here are the lyrics of the entire song, followed by a video of the group performing it in a TV show from the same decade. Real vintage stuff from the era characterized by big hair and big shoulder pads. I was going to post a video that showed only the album cover concerned ("Talk Show"), then I stumbled on the video that shows the band performing, though it doesn't have the same energy as a live performance since the music is exactly as it is on the album (in other words, it's lipsynching and strumming along to the music that's happening here). Still, it's fun to watch them on stage, particularly Belinda Carlisle who always looks like she's really having fun.
Okay so here goes...
This version has better sound quality, sans video