Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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stagger_lee77 did it, and now I do it too

When you see this on your friends page, post some 1980s lyrics...

Mike and the Mechanics, "Silent Running"

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don't believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I'm with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There's a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to God
The Father and the Spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me running (can you hear me calling you?)
(Can you hear me) hear me calling you?
(Can you hear me running) hear me running babe?
(Can you hear me running) hear me running?
Calling you, calling you

Written by Mike Rutherford/B.A. Robertson

Here's a story about me and that song: For many years, I thought this tied into a movie that didn't exist. This music video from 1985 clearly A) uses some professionally-produced movie footage and B) in some spacey-version-of-science fiction way ties into a suggested plot of said movie...something involving computer simulations, men in encounter suits, windy deserts, a plasma ball, explosions, and a comet. (Oh, and some guy speaking to a kid from a glowing hologram.) It looked kind of cool, in that cutting-it-together-the-right-way-can-make-anything-look-cool kind of way. I somehow got it into my head that the movie shots in it were from an unfinished film, and I wondered in my movie-geek way what had happened.

Choke Canyon (1986) happened. That's what the footage was from. The song managed to come out a full year before the film was released (1st of August '86, according to the IMDb), so tie-in hopes were never quite realized. Pity. (Well, pity for somebody; maybe the few people who actually saw the flick. Like Nathan Shumate, who eviscerated it in this 2002 essay IMDb was kind enough to link to.)

What would be good to do now is post a link to some YouTube reproduction of this video, but I have no interest in digging through that right now. Instead, and with thanks to cleolinda for pointing it out, I offer this link to a fake 1980s music video, produced for the new Hugh Grant-Drew Barrymore movie Music and Lyrics. And the horrible thing is, this song is kind of catchy (sez this 1980s survivor)...
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