Monday, August 31, 2020

Look at Me Look at You



Well it's a hard way down to the time I raised my hand And I swore I'd gladly die for my God and Uncle Sam There was so much I didn't know and what I knew I didn't understand Look at me, look at me, where have I gone? Where have I gone? It's a bittersweet way to my debut as a man I defied the Lord and Ford in that eucalyptus stand I wasn't even sure I loved her, we were friends in the high school band And look at me, look at me, where have I gone? Where have I gone? Look at me in the mirror of the way I look at you In the mirror of my words you'll find my fantasies are true Remnants of a childhood dream, a nightmare or two Look at me, I look at you It's a hazy way to the time I finally saw And it all came crashing in on me, my God and my law And now I wonder as I look around if I'll make it through at all Look at me, look at me, where have I gone? Where have I gone? And now I lie awake and sometimes I find them lost As I rummage through my what's and if's, my profits and my costs It's not the bridges burned that bother me but the ones that I never crossed Look at me, look at me, where have I gone? Where have I gone? Look at me in the mirror of the way I look at you
Whoa, in the mirror of my words you'll find my fantasies are true Oh, remnants ofa childhood dream, a nightmare or two
Look at me, I look at you Oh, look at me, I look at you Oh, look at me, I look at you Oh, look at me, I look at you [written by Terry Kirkman]

Look at Me Look at You was performed by The Association from their 1969 album with no title. Some people call it the Stone Henge album because of the cover art - a pastiche to look like the Stone Henge.  The words "The Association" are the pillars sitting on top of the world.  It's lacking in originality in my opinion.  Not sure why the band never put out a title on this album even though it's their fifth released one.  The sleeve art that came with my copy is even less creative.  Cutouts of famous performers during the 1960s.  I can identify some: Peter, Paul and Mary, Don Rickles, and the Everly Brothers.   

I bought this album by mistake.  I was expecting the songs would include their famous hits "Windy", "Cherish", "Never My Love" and "Along Comes Mary".  Instead the songs on the album are eclectic.  Very different style from the one I was expecting.  I admit that I didn't like this album at all. But I kept playing it.  I was thinking that I would find a gem among the rough stones.  Must have been it.  The song Look at Me Look at You grew on me.  As I started listening to the words, I began to identify with the singer. The story is trite.  But I think it resonates the attitude and the sentiments of the youth growing up in the 60s.  Perhaps that is still true today.  The words testify to it:

And now I lie awake and sometimes I find them lost As I rummage through my what's and if's, my profits and my costs It's not the bridges burned that bother me but the ones that I never crossed...

I now love this song.  

All images in the video are my own.  Hope you enjoy.

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