Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

blinded by the light

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head?

Sure you have…it happens to the best of us.  For me, the songs are always bad 70’s pop songs, yanked from the time vault of infomercial TV. Over and over again, the song repeats in my head like a broken record. I don’t actually know the lyrics, but that hardly matters. My brain will keep repeating the song until I get it right. But I’ll never get it right, because I don’t know the words.

So I was driving through a fog as thick as peanut butter tonight, my headlights bouncing around the clouds like some discothèque pinball machine. Suddenly I was trapped in 1978…in my imagination anyway. I was listening to Blinded by the Light, by Manfred Mann. Not on the radio…in my head. Next thing I know, I’m belting out the lyrics I had memorized a hundred years ago (or thirty something…I lose track).

Blinded by the night…wreck up like a douche, in the rotor of the night.

Yeah, I know…you don’t need to say it…I have no idea what those lyrics mean. I’ve tried looking up the song on the internet, many times, in fact. Unfortunately, decades of singing the wrong lyrics have forever scarred my memory. I mean, I even looked up the words just moments ago for this blog. I’ve already forgotten them. Hey, what can I say? My way is just better.

Even if it is wrong.

So just for fun, I’ve decided to post the song in its original format (complete with lyrics). And no, I won’t be singing my version for the class as well.

Maybe I’ll catch you next time.

Until the next time…I’ll be blinded by the night!

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