What a Shame

What a Shame

Songs are similar to photographs in one way or another. They capture some scenes, not to mention, some part of our lives and make it last forever. Like looking at the old pictures, every time we listen to the certain songs which  are truly important for us; we can perfectly recall both memories in our mind and vivid feelings lingering in our hearts.

When I was young, I had a group of friends that we had been together since primary school.  As much as, we were friends for over ten years, there was one girl whom I did not feel comfortable with. It was like I always had an invisible barrier with her, different from the others in the group. In fact, we never talked in casual way and could not make eye contact just for one minute. I thought, at that time, we only disliked each other without any reason. Before we graduated in high school, I had bravely given her my yearbook to write about her feelings toward me. Fortunately, at that very moment, I looked into her eyes and we had our genuine talk for the first time. This part of my life perfectly fit to the lyrics of my favorite song, “Shame” composed by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow.

“What a shame we never listened
I told you through the television
And all that went away was the price we paid
People spend a lifetime this way
And that’s how they stay
Oh what a shame.

Words come easy, when they’re true
Words come easy, when they’re true”

I always love songs that not only have meaningful lyrics and marvelous melody but also have intriguing history behind them. “Shame” is one of those qualified songs. It was written by two British singers. Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are members of the most famous British band in the 90s called “Take That”. After split up in 1995, Barlow, the front man and Williams, the ex-member, became rivals in both music and personal life. They usually have thrown their hatred on Television for over fifteen years. By surprise for all fans and British press, they became best friends once again ,additionally, came up with this wonderful song in 2010. The background story of this unanticipatedly happy-ending story was impossibly simple. They were wine, hotel and real-man-talk that fixed all the ten-year-long loathing and jealousy. For this reason, wherever or whenever I heard this song, it would remind me of both my story with an old friend and this historic drama of Take That members.

Songs are not just pieces of music that contain with some melody and random words because they are powerful and significant for people more than we could imagine. I could say that they display various moments, various scenes and various emotions of our lives. Even if the stories are too old to remember but every time we hear that particular songs, all of those scenes will come into lively pictures together with feelings at that time, just like they happened yesterday.


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