The Daily Prompt asks:
You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?
‘More than words’ by Extreme, that’s the one that springs to my mind. Released in 1990 I believe, it was once of the most played songs on the radio when I started my first year of work in 1991. I knew it off by heart, crooning or was that caterwauling along in front of the mirror, a hair brush for a microphone.
If you’re a regular follower of my blog you will know I used to write a piece called ‘The Office Eejits’, you think they were bad, they are nothing compared to the original crew. One guy, let’s for talk sake call him Bart, because that’s what he was like, an adult Bart Simpson, and I got on famously and every morning around tea break we used to enter all the competitions on a particular radio station. Well Bart and I had every version of Car stickers, pin badges, pens and pencils that the radio station had to offer. We were even told on more than one occasion that we were not allowed to enter as we were winning too much.
This particular week they were giving away tickets to see Extreme live in Belfast. I wanted those tickets…I wanted them bad. In the morning competition Bart managed to get through and after being asked a question, which to be fair wasn’t that difficult, won a set of the tickets. I was so jealous, but resigned myself to the fact I would have to wait until the next day. As luck would have it, we (Bart and I) were working late that night and another chance came up, and I was on it like a car bonnet!
Waiting to get through to a radio station, hosting a competition for something you really want has to be the most nerve wracking experiences ever. Bart sitting across the office from me was urging me to hang on and eventually the phone was answered, to be honest now I can’t remember who by, but I was getting my chance at tickets. All set and ready to answer my question I prepared myself, I could do this! When the DJ told me that in order to win tickets I would have to sing the first verse of the song, I almost died on the spot. Sing…..live……on……the…..radio……..WTF!!!
I was so dumbstruck at his request that I forgot the words. I could sing this song in my sleep yet here I was live on the radio with no memory of the tune, the words or even the time of fecking day. My face must have been a picture!
I think I mumbled that I couldn’t remember it, despite the fact that 2 minutes before when he had asked me I’d told him I lovvvvvvvvved Extreme and knew the song off by heart. I think he helped me with the first couple of words and off I went, somehow managing to belt the rest out, albeit not with the same gusto that I would have in front of my bedroom mirror. I won the tickets, there was much elation, on my part anyway. Bart, well, when I finally managed to look over at him, all I saw was his two feet sticking up behind the desk, he had literally fallen off his chair laughing.
So ummmm yeah, that’s the first one that comes to my mind :)
14 thoughts on “By heart….”
Love that song too. It was my first pick to be played at our wedding reception and my wife gave in and let me have it. I didn’t care about any of the other songs, she would ask me about one and I would just nod yes. I was already happy I had my pick so the rest were no longer important as long as she wanted them.
Good choice indeed and a great one for a wedding song…I’m liking your style Mr Jed :)
OMG, I absolutely LOVE that song!!! And that picture of the cat you used, that’s completely priceless. :D
It’s great isn’t it, of the many that came up when I googled WTF, that was by far my favourite lol
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What a riotous story! I love it. Wish I could’ve read some of that office blog fodder too. You do seem to have had some memorable experiences along your way!
Not as many as others, but a few yes, I don’t get called an eejit for nothing you know lol
You good lady, win this one! You got the tickets though and that is awesome! :D
And better still it was a great concert lol not that I cam remember much, it was such a longgggggggggggg time ago now lol
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I’m more than getting my early hours dose of entertainment here – I mean FFS – I’ve been up all night – and no, this doesn’t mean it has affected my brain cells – or whatever is left of them – but Juls – you have my crying with laughter – which isn’t a bad thing – ‘cos it’s an natural antidote to pain. So thank you :D
I’m sad that you’re up all night with pain, but I am glad I am making you smile, that’s my intention, so it’s nice to know I am getting something right, for one person at least :) Hope you start to feel a little easier soon x
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thanks Juls :D
Well at least I’m getting my “buzz on” by the best of means and company ;)
Ahh bird, you’re welcome in my company any day :)
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