Reflections of my life

Since Brian and I are both smokers, I buy our cigarettes by the carton at a convenience store/cigarette outlet that I pass on my way to work.

It’s a nice convenience store (as far as convenience stores go). Since it is located at the interstate, it carries lots of  South Carolina goodies and knick knacks for the yankee travelers, and of course, it’s a gas station, too, but I never buy my gas there.

I don’t know anything about the owners, but I’m guessing they are somewhere near my age because of the music aired in the store and blasted outside at the gas pumps – always a nice selection of oldies.

On Thursday, when I stopped there, the song I heard playing as I got out of my car was “ of  My Life” by .

I love this song, and although I don’t hear it often, when I do, I like to pause and just listen. So, after my purchase, I stood at my car door until the song was over.

Now, this must be a Murphy’s Law kinda thing, but have you ever noticed that usually when you hear a song that you can’t get out of your head, it’s a crappy one? It’s a song like “Ooooh That Smell, Can’t you smell that smell?
Ooooh that smell, The smell of death surrounds you” (Eww! -yeah, I had that one floating around one day for a few hours!) Or something else equally awful that you’d give anything to forget!

But, Reflections is nice.  I hummed and sang it for the rest of my trip to work. I whistled it while I worked. I looked up the song lyrics and found a performance on You Tube and read about the band on Wikipedia. I encouraged my brain to keep it with me. And, so I fell asleep with it on my mind and woke up this morning with it, too.

And, of course, I can now also share this one tidbit with you.  Reflections was co-written by Junior Campbell and Dean Ford in 1969.   (Ford was the Marmalade’s lead vocalist and had later fame with The Alan Parsons Project, fyi).

So, if you are interested, you can watch Marmalade perform this song on You Tube and keep it in your brain for a few days, too!  I’ve included the lyrics below the link.


The changing of sunlight to moonlight
Reflections of my life, oh, how they fill my eyes
The greetings of people in trouble
Reflections of my life, oh, how they fill my mind

All my sorrows, sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my crying (all my crying), feel i’m dying, dying
Take me back to my own home (oh i’m going home)

(guitar solo)

I’m changing, arranging, I’m changing
I’m changing everything, ah, everything around me
The world is a bad place, a bad place
A terrible place to live, oh, but i don’t wanna die

All my sorrows, sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my crying (all my crying), feel i’m dying, dying
Take me back to my own home (oh i’m going home)



10 thoughts on “Reflections of my life

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  1. I had forgotten all about that song! Am listening to it now. “I’m changing, arranging, I’m changing, I’m changing everything. Everything around me.”

    Love it! Thanks for the reminder of better times.

    • Oh, greenlasagna (Deborah), thanks for the response. It’s such a simple song. Very few lines, yet they are so powerful! What a melancholy little ditty, eh?

  2. Cindy this brought back memories! I really enjoyed listening to Marmalade. Thanks

    • Maddie, You know, I was only 11ish when that song came out, but I’m sure I had a 5th grade boyfriend that dumped me for cutie “Tanya” or “Buffy” and that this was the song that let me know I wasn’t alone. LOL

  3. I went to the youtube site to hear Marmalade and, of course, The Beatles were on the song list so I listened to some of my old memories. WOW! They were (are) the greatest band EVER! And, yes, Carrie I love TOTO too (Toto too. Glinda said to Dorothy)!! “Africa” is one of my absolute favorites! I also love love love The Alan Parsons Project.

    • Linda, I love You Tube! Some people are just so clever! Agreed, hands down, The Beatles truly were the best ever. Didn’t know you were an Alan Parsons fan. But, hey, great, me too! I’ve converted all my LPs of Beatles and Alan Parsons to CD. And, listen to them all the time!

    • Carrie, you mentioned a song I never heard of (so I had to look it up!), but, ding, ding, ding! your dad knew it was MC Hammer! The only song I can think of from Toto is Rosanna. Yes, that sucks!

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