Monday, January 05, 2009

MONDAY LYRICS | Total Eclipse of the Heart

My friend HobbitGirl has a quirky, acerbic sense of humour that I seriously enjoy. She kills with her deadpan one-liners. On top of it all, she is sweet and kind. She tries to see the best in people. She forgives easily. Through her quiet little gestures, you can tell she genuinely cares about you.

Facebook is so important to my social life right now. It's how I keep in touch with my friends back home. HobbitGirl posted this video of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on her Facebook. I totally GET why it's so bad it's good. The big hair, the campy background dancers - check out 1:19 with the dancing ninjas. Absolutely nothing to do with the song, but they are there.

I have been watching this video continuously. Can't seem to get enough of it. It's little things like this that remind me of why HobbitGirl and I are friends. We share some dubious tastes - we both like Grissom from CSI (but I prefer Grissom bearded, HobbitGirl prefers him clean-shaven); we laugh at some of the same things: Like dancing ninjas in dubious 80s MTV. How did this happen? Well, one day at work, when the bosses were out of the office, HobbitGirl streamed the YouTube video for "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on her PC. Both of us giggled like hysterical schoolgirls. Then HobbitGirl pointed out the dancing ninjas and I laughed even harder.

Before I left for Dubai, last request I asked of some of my colleagues, was to help look after HobbitGirl.  I couldn't help it. She is one of the people I am most worried for. She is mild-mannered, so she is often bullied at work by my ex-manager. I wouldn't be around to watch her back anymore. I know she will be okay. But I worry.

I call her HobbitGirl because she is not tall. :) But HobbitGirl is a petite powerhouse of positive vibes. As I'm typing this, just thinking of her makes me smile. She makes me laugh too - which is a precious gift.

One day, I was complaining about someone at work that I do not like. HobbitGirl instead defended the person in question. I got a little agitated, and HobbitGirl asked, "Why do you always think people are out to harm you?"

I was about to make a rude retort - but I looked at HobbitGirl, and I could see that she meant when she said. She really believes people are good, and she accepts people in spite of their weaknesses. So I said nothing. Maybe she is right. Maybe the reason I am unhappy is because of the way I perceive them. Maybe HobbitGirl's way is a better way: to trust people more. To give them the benefit of the doubt. To recognize that they are human.

She is a better person than me, and I love her to bits. 

I am blessed in many ways. Most of all, I am blessed with my friends. My friends often remind me that I can be a better person than this.

Maybe it's just the idea of a new year in a new country. Maybe I'm just homesick for my friends. But every time I watch this MTV, I just think of a friend who made me laugh so hard at dancing ninjas.


"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler

Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming round
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart

Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit restless and I dream of something wild
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit helpless and I'm lying like a child in your arms
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit angry and I know I've got to get out and cry
Turnaround, Every now and then I get a little bit terrified but then I see the look in your eyes
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Cause we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

INSTRUMENTAL

Turnaround bright eyes
Turnaround bright eyes
Turnaround, Every now and then I know you'll never be the boy you always wanted to be
Turnaround, Every now then I know you'll always be the only boy who wanted me the way that I am
Turnaround, Every now and then I know there's no one in the universe as magical and wonderous as you
Turnaround, Every now and then I know there's nothing any better and there's nothing that I just wouldn't do
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart
Turnaround bright eyes, Every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Cause we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
Nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart


This is so CLASSIC!

4 comments:

Nymeth said...

Your friend sounds lovely. I could do with following her advice too.

Doc Martian said...

lol! just used that in a piece on siouxsie. check 'siouxsie. the whole magilla' on my blog!

Dreamybee said...

OMG, I can't believe I never saw that video! The dancing ninjas are only the tip of the iceberg-what is going on in that crazy house of dance?? LOL.

Anonymous said...

you don't think ninjas dance?
(love that btw)
Your friend sounds lovely. Wish could be more like her too! Ovidia

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