127. Cyndi Lauper – ‘Time After Time’ (1983)

“If you’re lost
You can look
And you will find me
Time after time”

Taken from the album She’s So Unusual

Also released on Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some, The Essential Cyndi Lauper, The Great Cyndi Lauper and True Colors: The Best Of Cyndi Lauper

US #1, AUS #3, UK #6

Like many children of the nineties (or maybe it’s just me), when I hear ‘Time After Time’, I think of the dance sequence in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. As hilarious as that was, however, I can still take the song seriously and feel it’s original purpose. It’s so good. So beautiful and sung perfectly and just wonderful. Beats every song on Madonna’s first two albums, too.

Cyndi’s second straight classic single, after ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’, ‘Time After Time’ was also the first of two US number ones in Cyndi’s career (the second being ‘True Colors’). It is widely considered to be one of the key songs of the eighties, covered by everyone and their mum and used endlessly in movies and television. There’s a melancholy, cinematic feel to the song that lends itself to montages of everyday life, to looking wistfully out of windows, to being dramatic.

‘Time After Time’ is a straight-up, simple song about love and friendship. “If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time” is a wonderful line, so simple and yet containing so much meaning and sounding so beautiful. Cyndi would do great ballads later in her career, but none of them came close to the magic of this one.


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