Radio 53, side B, track 2: “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon, #50 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This FeelingOh, REO Speedwagon, what the hell happened?!?!?  The whole first 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 station start playing this song halfway through (it wouldn’t have been the first time on this countdown)?  I don’t know, REO Speedwagon.  I guarantee I probably flipped out a little bit in my head.  But maybe it wasn’t quite as big a deal since I’d recorded this one before.  I don’t know, but every one of these mistakes was like a dagger in my gut.

I know, I know, that’s pretty dramatic, but that’s the life of a teen, right?  It’s amazing the amount of drama that comes with that age, whether it’s about not recording a song correctly or getting a zit or just surviving a day of high school.  For about 20 years, I was constantly afraid I was going to die, mostly of a heart attack, because of random chest pains.  Now I know that those chest pains, and pretty much every other ache and pain I have is due to anxiety and stress.  And since that revelation, I never get them anymore.  Probably didn’t hurt that I quit drinking and smoking and eating McDonald’s for every meal.  But as I’m getting older and closer to the end instead of nearer to the beginning, I don’t seem to be sweating the small stuff as much.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, REO Speedwagon, I still freak out now and again, and since I’m trying to eat healthy, instead of stress eat I now stress shop online (I’m expecting letters of appreciation from Amazon and ebay any day now).

What I really wish is that a grown-up had told me that all those things I was feeling would blow over.  I mean, I was told MANY times that the feelings that I was feeling were no big deal, but no one every told me WHY they weren’t a big deal.  It would have been great if someone would have told me that they too went through the same feelings about girls and personal appearance and taping off the radio that I did.  Okay, to be fair, maybe no one but me has ever had radio-taping anxiety, but still, it would have made me feel not quite so alone and/or crazy.  But whatever, REO Speedwagon, those days are long gone, and the main thing that I have to show for it are these tapes.  Which I’m unbelievably happy for.  And even though I’m sure I lost sleep over this track for days because it wasn’t “perfect”, this one’s a nice reminder that nothing ever is, and that’s just fine.

“Can’t Fight This Feeling”

Even as I wander
I’m keepin’ you in sight

Yer a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter’s night

And I’m gettin’ closer than I ever thought I miiiiiiight

And I can’t fight this feelin’ anymooooore

I’ve forgotten what I started fightin’ foooor

It’s time ta bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars foreveeeeer

‘Cause I can’t fight this feelin’ anymooooooore

I’ve forgotten what I started fightin’ fooooor

And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crashin’ through ya door
Baby, I can’t fight this feelin’ anymooooooore

<awesome REO Speedwagon jam>

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw yoooou

I been runnin’ around in circles in my miiind

And it always seems that I’m followin’ yoooou, girl

‘Cause you take me to the places
That alone I’d never fiiiind

And even as I wander
I’m keepin’ you in sight

Yer a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter’s night

But I’m gettin’ closer than I ever thought I miiiiiight

And I can’t fight this feelin’ anymooooooore

I’ve forgotten what I started fightin’ foooooor

It’s time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars foreveeeer

‘Cause I can’t fight this feelin’ anymoooore

I’ve forgotten what I started fightin’ fooooooooor

And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crashin’ through ya door
Baby, I can’t fight this feelin’ anymooooooooooore

Ooooooooooooooooo

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3 thoughts on “Radio 53, side B, track 2: “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon, #50 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. oluzey says:

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