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Music Monday Tribute to Billy the Lifeguard: "Who’s Crying Now?"

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve been at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, for the past couple of perfect weekends, reading two vastly different New England beach books: “Barefoot” by Elin Hilderbrand and “That Old Cape Magic” by Richard Russo. I’ll try to post full reviews of both books over on my Roxy’s Best Of… Books for Grownups site, but suffice it to say that I am always in awe of Richard Russo’s writing talent, and I buy all of my Elin Hilderbrand beach reads for a charitable contribution of 50 cents at the Anchor & Palette Gallery in Bay Head, NJ. Right now I’m enjoying a Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde and a cool breeze on our front porch, and “That Old Cape Magic” is taking me back to the Summer of 1981… when 14-year-old Roxy traveled in the back of my parents’ station wagon to Kiawah Island in South Carolina. While I had stolen a small handful of kisses from older boys as an awkward pre-teen and new teenager, I had never had a boyfriend… and wouldn’t until I was a sophomore in high school, dating a nineteen-year-old disc jockey who rode a motorcycle.

I was not one of the popular girls in school, but family road trips on summer vacation enabled me to shed my local identity, slip into a bikini, and get a little lucky on the beach… that summer, while my parents wouldn’t let me far out of their sight, I was lucky enough to share two beach days and one evening with a handsome Kiawah Island lifeguard named Billy. As Casey Kasem might say, the song on the radio was “Who’s Crying Now” by Steve Perry and Journey. Right now it’s Saturday night in Bay Head, but pretty soon it will be Music Monday somewhere in the world, and officially time for me to share this one with you.

It’s been a mystery and still they try to see
Why somethin’ good can hurt so bad
Caught on a one-way street, the taste of bittersweet
Love will survive somehow, some way

One love feeds the fire
One heart burns desire
I wonder, who’s cryin’ now
Two hearts born to run
Who’ll be the lonely one
I wonder, who’s cryin’ now

So many stormy nights, so many wrongs or rights
Neither could change their headstrong ways
And in a lover’s rage, they tore another page
The fightin’ is worth the love they save…

(chorus)

Only so many tears you can cry
‘Til the heartache is over
And now you can say your love
Will never die

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Tags: barefoot · beach reads · elin hilderbrand · journey · kiawah island · lyrics · music monday · richard russo · steve perry · that old cape magic · who's crying now

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