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by Steven G (subscribe)
Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published September 9th 2022
A song can hold onto a memory
There is a long list of reasons why looking back at things has become prominent in my life recently. Anyway, it got me looking through my record/music collection, looking back at the music from my teenaged years and remembering some of the stupid things we did back then. And that got me thinking about a new song list.

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So, I will be looking at songs about the past as we see it, spread over two columns. This is the first, with the word memory or memories in the titles of the songs. Next will be similar, but with the word "remember" as the basis. So, if there are songs about "remembering" you like, they could be in the next one. But that does mean a great song like 'Welcome To The Black Parade' (with the line "Your memory will carry on…") misses out.

As far as music goes, this is such a strong and fertile topic. So many different topics based on the memory of something. Hey, the one song of mine that has been played on the radio is called 'Memories I Have'. Looking back either with regret or fondly is a part of life, and music has taken that and made it available to all of us.

Normal rules apply – one artist, one version of each song and I need to like the song. With that in mind, 'Memory' from the musical Cats is not here.

Here is a list of songs about memories.

'Cherished Memories' by Eddie Cochran (1959)

An interesting slower song from Cochran, showing that he could actually sing well, and was not just the rocking precursor to what was to follow. The snare drum is almost driving out a marching beat, but he still delivers a really good song.

'Memories' by Elvis Presley (1968)

Researching this, I was surprised to discover that Elvis was the first person to record what has become quite the standard. And, truth be told, this is latter era Elvis, when his resonate voice really came to its own. And he does my favourite version of this track, by far.

'Memory Of A Free Festival' by David Bowie (1969)

Early Bowie, when he was still in his hippy phase, before the experimentation, is something of an acquired taste to many fans of his 1970s (and after) work. But I quite like it, and this is one of his better tracks from that era.

'The Memories Of Trees' by Enya (1995)

This gorgeous instrumental track from Enya is so beautiful. I've mentioned it before because this is such a great track. Even without lyrics, I had to include it here.

'Short Memory' by Midnight Oil (1982)

A political song, from Australia's great protest band. While the idea of politicians and voters having short memories when it comes to everything drives the track, it can also apply to people in their personal lives.

'Sweet Memory' by The Belle Stars (1983)

One of those forgotten songs from the 1980s that possibly deserves more recalling. With that cool saxophone and brass instrumentation, and the decent voices of The Belle Stars, this is such a fun track.

'Dive For Your Memory' by The Go-Betweens (1988)

The Go-Betweens are an underrated Australian band, remembered for maybe one or two songs, but little else. However, their album tracks were amongst some of the finest pop-rock to come out of Australia in the 1980s. This is just another fine example of that.

'Set Adrift On Memory Bliss' by P.M. Dawn (1991)

An early example of complete song sampling, with Spandau Ballet's 'True' (and a heap of other tracks, apparently) meshed together so well to create this dreamy, lilting collage of a song. Such a nice track.

'Memories Are Made Of This' by Johnny Cash (1996)

This is a famous and popular song, dating back to 1955. But of all the versions of this I have, this one by Johnny Cash from his second American Recordings album is my favourite. There is something about his voice that adds an element of truth to the lyrics.

'Making Memories Of Us' by Keith Urban (2004)

I am still learning about country music, but have discovered that what I have heard from Australian artists is amongst my favourite of the genre. And so it is with this Keith urban track, that talks about making memories as a relationship goes on. Really nice song.

'Thnks fr the Mmrs' by Fall Out Boy (2007)

One of those misused songs, the song about a hook-up or relationship ending by text message has been used by school break-ups because people do not listen to lyrics. The text-speak translates to "Thanks for the memories", as belted in the chorus, and this is an angry song.

'More Than A Memory' by Garth Brooks (2007)

A country ballad from one of the first modern country music artists I got into. The lyrics are really good, and the slow music suits it so well. There is something about a country ballad that really knows how to tug at those heartstrings.

'Mozart And Memories' by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (2009)

Another instrumental, this time from TSO and their magnificent symphonic rock. I am not sure where the "memory" part comes in, but this piece of music is so good, I could not leave it off the list.

'Sensory Memory' by Jen Cloher (2017)

This song starts as a pleasant acoustic guitar and beautiful voice piece, and then it grows and it grows to become something verging on the epic. This is a glorious track from an under-appreciated album (Jen Cloher's self-titled album).

'Future Memories' by Yes (2021)

One of my favourite songs from the recent Yes album, this more acoustic track really highlights current singer Jon Davison's voice to its fullest, and is a wonderful way to finish this list.

And there we are, 15 songs about the memory. Looking at the list as I put this together, there are a lot more songs from the twenty-first century here than I would have thought. But maybe age is catching up to us all and getting older makes a lot of us think about things past – think about the memories.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this one.


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I loved the classic 'Memories are made of this' - which I haven't heard in a long time. But I do prefer the Dean Martin version - it is in my memory bank(!) from way back.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1878) 83 days ago
Memories I Have is a song of yours? Spill beans? Memory Motel by Rolling Stones is a good one!
by Jeremy Bryce (score: 2|281) 83 days ago
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were

I think that will be my fav
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|533) 63 days ago
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