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Day 5 — a song that reminds me of someone

This is a song that I will forever associate with my mum.

When we use to get home from school in Hereford, Mum would almost invariably be in the kitchen making tea, with Radio 2 on the wireless. And as far as I recall, David Jacobs or Diddy David Hamilton or Jimmy Young or whoever only ever played two records.

One was Dawn’s sickly sentimental Tie a Yellow Ribbon, which, awful as it is, still has a place in my heart, but tying a ribbon round an old oak tree has to take second place to looking down on creation.

The Carpenters :: Top of the World

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And as a bonus here’s a Japanese version.

Shonen Knife :: Top of the World

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3 Responses

  1. jason says:

    Great choice! I’ll also never forget those after school and Saturday morning Radio 2times. I think there were three records though – you have forgotten Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’.

  2. John says:

    Ah, childhood memories. Mine are mostly from my Dad, limited though his record collection was. He loved a bit of Queen and We Are The Champions in particular stands out.

    Damn you and your mention of the Carpenters though, I’ll be humming Tie A Yellow Ribbon all day now…



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