Radio 53, side A, track 9: “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister, #52 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Mr. Mister - KyrieOh, Mr. Mister, this song was one of my favorites the moment I first heard it, but it has also always signified my anxiety and OCD nature.  It’s the tale of a tragic radio-taping love story.  You may not remember this, but I recorded this song a while back, back before my tapes had even hit the double digits.  And at the time, it was the last song on side A, and I ran out of tape before the song was over, but it was a song that was never on the radio, and I thought it was amazingly great that I just had to deal with the fact that several lyrics got cut off at the end.

And then January 31, 1989 rolls around, and suddenly I find myself in the same dilemma.  Suddenly here’s your song again, and once again I have very limited real estate at the end of side A.  But too much real estate that I’ll have time to fast forward to the end of the tape, flip it over, and start recording on side B without losing the beautiful opening of this song.  I had to gamble, Mr. Mister, which is what I did.  And once again, “Kyrie” didn’t make it to the end.  At this time in my life, one of the most stressful things in the world was watching that cassette tape slowly dwindle down to nothing as the song was still playing, my heart sinking as it became clearer and clearer that I wasn’t going to get the whole song.  And that final CLUNK as the tape stopped and the recorder shut itself off while that beautiful unrecorded music was still coming out of the speakers was nearly unbearable.  I felt sick to my stomach.  And not just because I was staying up all night to record music off the radio and hadn’t eaten anything all day.

Obviously, my life wasn’t too bad if this was the source of most of my woes, Mr. Mister.  But whatever.  It was still a deal to me.  To this day, every time I hear this song, there’s a part of me that thinks “That’s the one that got away.”  A bittersweet thought for a bittersweet song.  So I guess it all kinda worked out.

“Kyrie”

Kyyyyrieeee, eleeeeison

Kyyyyyrieeee, eleeeison

Kyyyriee, eleeeeeee

The wind blows hard against this mountainside

‘Cross the sea into my sooooooooul

It reaches into where I cannot hide

Setting my feet upon the roooooad

My heart is old, it holds my memories

My body burns a gem-like flaaame

Somewhere between the soul and soft machine

Is where I find myself agaain

Kyrie, eleison, down the road that I must travel

Kyrie, eleison, through the darkness of the night

Kyrie, eleison, where I’m goin’, will you follow

Kyrie, eleison, on a highway in the light

Whoa!

When I was young I thought of growin’ ooold

Of what my life would mean to meeee

Would I have followed down my chosen roooad

Or only wished what I could beeee

Kyrie, eleison, down the road that I must travel

Kyrie, eleison, through the darkness of the night

Kyrie, eleison, where I’m goin’, will you follow

Kyrie, eleison, on a highway in the light

Whoa oh ohhhhhh

Whoa oh ohhhhhh

Whoa oh ohhhhhh

Whoa oh ohhhhhh

Kyrie, eleison, down the road that I must travel

Kyrie, eleison, through the darkness of the night

Kyrie, eleison, where I’m goin’, will you follow

Kyrie, eleison, on a highway in the light

Kyrie, eleison, down the road that I must travel

Kyrie, eleison, through the darkness of the night

Kyrie, eleison, where I’m goin’, will you follow

Kyrie, eleison, on a highway in the light

Kyrie, eleison, down the road that I must travel

Kyrie, eleison, through the darkness of the night

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2 thoughts on “Radio 53, side A, track 9: “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister, #52 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. […] part of this awesomest of songs got cut off?!?!?  Even though I clearly remember my problems with “Kyrie”, I don’t remember what happened on this track.  Was I in the bathroom?  Did the radio […]

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  2. […] after almost 30 years, I was able to record this awesome song in its entirety!  As you know, running out of tape when this song was being recorded became the bane of my existence.  But now we live in a tape-free world and I was recording off a […]

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