Songs about nostalgia

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Echo, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Echo

    Echo Forum Resident

    It's autumn, and it seems you're more thinking about the past in that season. And that reminds me to many many songs written about nostalgia. Maybe a nice thread to start about this musical subject. I know many, but I give here just some fine examples as start:

    'Nostalgia' by David Sylvian
    'Nightswimming' by REM
    '74-75' by the Connels
    'The River' by Bruce Springsteen

    The rest is up to you to remind :)
  2. GregorSamsa

    GregorSamsa Active Member

    Location:
    Sydney
    For nostalgia in songs you really can't go past The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.
  3. Tom Perry

    Tom Perry Well-Known Member

    Location:
    USA
    "Old Days" - Chicago
  4. BryanW

    BryanW Active Member

  5. BlueRoseSpeedway

    BlueRoseSpeedway Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, England
    Johnny Thunders "You Can't Put Your Arm Around a Memory"

    Love and Rockets "Dog-End of a Day Gone By"

    Beautiful songs..
  6. rs4951

    rs4951 Active Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    Chris Rea - too many to list but including most notably Steel River & Windy Town.
    John Prine - Paradise
    Rod Stewart - When we were the new boys
  7. 2351tv

    2351tv Member

    Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
  8. LambertHoroscope

    LambertHoroscope Active Member

    Location:
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Goin' Back - Byrds, Dusty Springfield etc.
  9. Vidiot

    Vidiot Faded to Black.

    "Goin' Back" and "Old Days" would be my top picks. Here's a few more songs that deal with or discuss nostalgia in the lyrics:

    Bryan Adams - "Summer of '69"
    Eric Burdon & The Animals - "When I Was Young"
    Paul Anka - "Times of Your Life"
    The Beach Boys - "When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)"
    The Beach Boys - "Getcha Back"
    Boyz II Men - "Motownphilly"
    Chicago - "Old Days"
    Nat “King” Cole - "Looking Back"
    Paula Cole - "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?"
    Paul Davis - "'65 Love Affair"
    Dawn - "Summer Sand"
    Dick & DeeDee - "Turn Around"
    The Earls - "Remember Then"
    First Class - "Beach Baby"
    Dan Fogelberg - "Same Old Lang Syne"
    The Four Lads - "Moments to Remember"
    Bobby Goldsboro - "Autumn of My Life"
    Gunhill Road - "Back When My Hair Was Short"
    George Harrison - "All Those Years Ago"
    George Harrison - "When We Was Fab"
    Don Henley - "The Boys of Summer"
    Bertie Higgins - "Key Largo"
    Elton John - "Crocodile Rock"
    Barry Manilow - "The Old Songs"
    Kenny Rogers - "Through the Years"
    The Rover Boys - "Graduation Day"
    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Old Time Rock & Roll"
    Paul Simon - "Still Crazy After All These Years"
    Bobby Vinton - "The Days of Sand and Shovels"
    Stevie Wonder - "I Wish"
  10. Drifter

    Drifter Custom Title

    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Those Oldies But Goodies by Little Caesar & The Romans

    Those oldies but goodies reminds me of you
    The songs of the past bring back memories of you
    I always remember the first night we met
    The songs they were playing I never will forget

    I always will treasure them so close to my heart
    They always will haunt me although we're apart
    Each time that I hear them a tear's bound to fall
    For I love those memories that I, I-I recall

    Those oldies but goodies reminds me of you
    The songs of the past bring back memories of you
    Forever they will haunt me but what can I do?

    Those oldies but goodies reminds me of you
    (Oldies but goodies reminds me of you)

    SPOKEN: "Yes, dear, they are playin' our songs. And they will always remain our
    songs. And each time you hear them, I hope you, too, will cherish the wonderful
    memories that our love once knew. For these songs are just a symbol of the
    love that I had for you."

    Those oldies but goodies reminds me of you
    The songs of the past bring back memories of you
    Forever they will haunt me but what can I do?
  11. jl151080

    jl151080 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    'Schooldays' & 'No More Looking Back': The Kinks, from 'Schoolboys in Disgrace'
  12. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ilford, Essex, UK
    Two great examples by Bob Seger from the Night Moves LP - the title track Night Moves and Main Street.
  13. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    Location:
    MA, USA
    ''R.O.C.K In The U.S.A''
    ''Cherry Bomb'' - John Mellencamp

    ''Those Were The Days'' Mary Hopkin

    ''My Old School'' Steely Dan
  14. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    The Jam
    "Tales From the Riverbank"
    Paul Weller

    Bring you a tale from the pastel fields
    Where we ran when we were young
    This is a tale from the water meadows
    Trying to spread some hope into your heart
    It's mixed with happiness - it's mixed with tears
    Both life and death are carried in this stream
    That open space you could run for miles
    Now you don't get so many to the pound

    True it's a dream mixed with nostalgia
    But it's a dream that I'll always hang on to
    That I'll always run to
    Won't you join me by the riverbank

    Paradise found down by the still waters
    Joined in the race to the rainbow's end
    No fears no worries just a golden country
    Woke at sunrise, went home at sunset

    Now life is so critical, life is too cynical
    We lose our innocence, we lose our very soul

    True it's a dream mixed with nostalgia
    But it's a dream that I'll always hang on to
    That I'll always run to
    True it's a dream mixed with nostalgia
    But it's a dream that I'll always hang on to
    That I always run to
    Won't you join me by the riverbank
    Come on and join me by the riverbank
  15. rmos

    rmos Active Member

    Little River Band -- "Reminiscing"
  16. World of Genesis

    World of Genesis Active Member

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    USA
    "Fading Lights" by Genesis (on the We Can't Dance album).
  17. Robert Haagsma

    Robert Haagsma Well-Known Member

    Ramones - Rock & Roll Radio
  18. Nightswimming is not a song about nostalgia. Nightswimming is nostalgia.
    :D
    Other REM songs qualify as well.

    What about Winter by Tori Amos and other stuff, as well?
    A few songs from Boys for Pele, especially Marianne, can definitely top even Stipe & Co.'s best efforts.

    And what about the little gems this band comes up with sometimes?
  19. Pennywise

    Pennywise Forum Resident

    Deadbeat Club - The B-52's
  20. pantofis

    pantofis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Do you Remember Walter
    Picture Book
    Last Of The Steam Engine Powered Trains
    Village Green Preservation Society

    - The Kinks
  21. jl151080

    jl151080 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Ticket To The Moon
    Julie Don't Live Here Anymore
    Long Time Gone

    ELO
  22. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    Location:
    NS, Canada
    Yesterday - Beatles

    1900 Yesterday - Liz Damien and Orient Express

    Don't It Make You Want to Go Home - Joe South
  23. Ringmaster_D

    Ringmaster_D Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Check out "Good Old Days" by Owsley on his amazing self-titled CD.
  24. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Uh Huh

    Location:
    Northeast Ohio
    Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes
  25. keef00

    keef00 Forum Resident

    Southside Johnny and the Jukes "It's Been a Long Time" from their 1991 Better Days album is a good one, with vocals by Johnny, Steven and Bruce. My favorite "nostalgia for the scene" song is probably "Hammersmith Palais," by ex-Hanoi Rocks Michael Monroe's group Demolition 23.

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