Well, it’s Valentine’s Day, everybody! And it actually falls on a Friday this year, so restaurants are even MORE impossible to get into. I was never one of those gals who got severely down in the dumps or angry at those in love when Feb. 14 rolled around and I was without a “special someone.” And quite frankly, I’m surprised by this, because any alumna from my (all girls’) high school should be saddled with a decades-long case of PTSD based on how Valentine’s Day was handled there.
Picture it: Chattanooga, Tennessee. The early ’90s.
At the center of the school is an open, airy “rotunda.” For the occasion of Valentine’s Day, seemingly by magic, it is filled with lengthy wooden tables. Those who receive flowers will have them displayed here. For the entire day. Those that don’t will keep checking — in vain — throughout the day to see if a secret admirer (or … sigh … one’s parents) came through with a bouquet.
Even those with boyfriends were set up for abject disappointment: “What did you get, Cindy?” I remember pathetically asking the most beautiful, popular girl in my class, who ALWAYS had an (older) boyfriend. “Oh … just a dozen roses.” Because, Bob-Vance (Vance Refrigeration) style, other guys would think above and beyond THAT traditional gesture. In my four years of high school, I had a boyfriend on Feb. 14 exactly once, and yeah, it felt quite good to have something delivered to those tables. But quite frankly, it seems a little shaming and antiquated, right?
Today’s lyric quiz fits with the theme of the day, as all song titles include the word “Heart.” Good luck, and have a great day, whether you’re headed out, staying in, celebrating with the love of your life, or enjoying some quality time with yourself or your friends. And hell … Earth Day is right around the corner.
Friday Lyric Quiz #476 [scroll down for last week’s answers]
1. “Love can touch us one time, and last for a lifetime” (late ’90s)
2. “I’m here with my confession, got nothing to hide no more” (early ’00s)
3. “If you gave me half a chance you’d see, my desire burning inside of me” (mid-’80s)
4. “You are the move you make, take your chances win or lose her” (early ’80s)
5. “We took what we had and we ripped it apart, now here I am down in Kingstown again” (early ’80s)
6. “You’re the right kind of sinner, to release my inner fantasy” (late ’70s)
7. “Never break a sweat for the other guys, when you come around, I get paralyzed” (early 2010s)
8. “Walking on the water, walking on the air, that was the heart of the love we shared” (late ’80s)
9. “This prison has now become your home, a sentence you seem prepared to pay” (mid-’80s)
10. “I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap” (early ’90s)
Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #475 [Potpourri]
1. “A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart, and a washed-out dream” (late ’80s)
Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson
2. “My thoughts are with you, holding hands with your heart to see you” (late ’70s)
September, Earth Wind & Fire
3. “I will hold it back again, this passion inside. Can’t run from myself, there’s nowhere to hide” (early ’90s)
I Have Nothing, Whitney Houston
4. “Sweet 16, ain’t that peachy keen, now it ain’t so neat to admit defeat” (early ’80s)
I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats
5. “There’s no ice in your lover’s walk, you don’t look twice, ’cause you move so fast ” (early ’80s)
The One Thing, INXS
6. “Moon appears to shine and light the sky, with the help of some fireflies” (mid-’70s)
Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton
7. “I’m trying keep my hands off, but you’re begging me for more” (early 2010s)
I Like It, Enrique Iglesias f/ Pitbull
8. ” Is it d-d-destiny, destiny. Or is it just a game in my mind” (late ’70s)
My Sharona, The Knack
9. “And after I’d wipe away the tears, just close your eyes, dear” (mid-’90s)
Possession, Sarah McLachlan
10. “I don’t ever want to play the part, of a statistic on a government chart” (early ’80s)
Invisible Sun, The Police