Now Jamie wouldn’t say alright
She knew he’d forget her
And so they said a goodnight
And now he’s gone forever
That’s from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin’,” one of my favorite songs from them. To be clear, I only acknowledge Van Halen with David Lee Roth, not that other guy whom I can’t stand. Anyway, Jim’s teardrop prompt today reminded me of the song. Its implication is that if Jamie had said “yes” and invited this guy in, he wouldn’t be gone forever. Well, he still might be! I mean, a lot of guys are gone forever after one date, whether they get laid or not.
I guess, in some cases, it might be nice to have the memory of one night in each other’s arms rather than no memory at all. Like if he went off to war the next day and got killed. Or just had a fatal accident on the freeway. Then you could spend the rest of your life recalibrating that one memory to perfection, sure that he had been your soul mate. More likely though, he’d just ghost, as they do, and you’d have to wonder why. Were you not sexy enough? Did you say the wrong thing? Did you forget to make a lasagna? You know, the usual worries…
Personally, I finished crying over men in 2017 or so, and it’s really nice to be free of that anxiety. But I’m old. I understand the motivation to keep trying when you’re younger. Good luck to all who still have hopes of meeting “the one.”
“Jamie’s Cryin’” appeared on Van Halen’s 1978 debut album (titled Van Halen). It sold over 10 million copies in the US alone, achieving diamond certification. So many great songs! RIP Eddie Van Halen, who passed away in October of last year, which is another reason for teardrops.
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