We are already on Week 5 of Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past and I didn’t know I was going to share this song until it popped into my head and grabbed hold of my heart, just as it did back in 1978 when it was first released. “Time for Me to Fly” was the 2nd song on REO Speedwagon’s You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tune a Fish.
If ever there was a song that a love struck teenage girl could fully embrace, it was “Time for Me to Fly.” Whenever and wherever she was when this song began playing, girls everywhere would instantly become quiet, introspective, wistful and heartbroken as they were instantly transported to the state of lost love. This song defined my teen years- the highs and lows of crushes, boyfriends, near-boyfriends, boys you walk by and hope will just make eye contact giving you a high that lasts all day…..and break ups.
I included two different videos. The first has the lyrics (which you really don’t need to listen to the song because the words are sung perfectly clear) but being a studio recording, it’s better quality. The second is a live performance, if you prefer a more real experience.
Listening to this makes me want to flip through our CD’s and see if this one made it into our collection. There are so many REO songs that I loved listening and singing along with, but before I go, I’ll leave you with one bonus video- (it’s worth the watch just to see lead singer, Kevin Cronin’s way cool jumpsuit…..)
“Don’t Let Him Go”
Thanks for listening!