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On this date in 1989, The Bangles were in my hometown, performing a very large free concert to celebrate the opening of a local highway.  An overpass almost collapsed.

https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2011/02/what-does-the-sam-houston-tollway-have-to-do-with-the-bangles/

Beltway3.jpg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIUzRA4_Vl8

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hard to believe its wednesday already - time truly flies.  bless.

Finally!   Let the Bangles discussions commence!

On 7/15/2019 at 11:35 AM, SteveMc said:

On this date in 1989, The Bangles were in my hometown, performing a very large free concert to celebrate the opening of a local highway.  An overpass almost collapsed.

https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2011/02/what-does-the-sam-houston-tollway-have-to-do-with-the-bangles/

Beltway3.jpg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIUzRA4_Vl8

Really?! They were really rocking the place!

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It turns out there was more poetry in Eternal Flame than I thought!

Look how these lines rhyme:

 

Close your eyes
Give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand

 

I believe
It's meant to be, darling
I watch you when you are sleeping
You belong with me

 

Interestingly and excellently written!

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Eternal Flame does a good job of using simple words and constructing something rather unique with them.  It is not so much a typical song about the wonderful feeling of being in love, but of the gnawing uncertainty about whether or not the love will last.  The irony is that it was inspired by the "eternal flame" in Graceland, which was not burning on the day The Bangles visited. 

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24 minutes ago, SteveMc said:

Eternal Flame does a good job of using simple words and constructing something rather unique with them.  It is not so much a typical song about the wonderful feeling of being in love, but of the gnawing uncertainty about whether or not the love will last.  The irony is that it was inspired by the "eternal flame" in Graceland, which was not burning on the day The Bangles visited. 

Yes.  It's more than written well poetically.  There is a depth to the song too.  There is a happiness and a sadness that clash throughout the song.

 

First, it starts off calmer, and in a thoughtful tone.  'Is this burning an eternal flame?'

Then, the middle section of the song is more active and emotions are building up.  'Say my name...'

It calms down and there is a hint of giving up in the flame when the 'Close your eyes..' lines repeat.

Finally, when you think that the song is going to finish in the same tone as it began, the atmospheric part bursts in.  'Is this burning an eternal flame!'  The emotions of giving up and hoping the love will last clash here creating an excellent finish!  And the way the song fades shows how the emotions themselves never fade away.

 

By the way, there is another unreleased version (maybe studio demo) that does finish the song.  The way it ends here is in a darker tone.  The emotions of giving up take over the emotions of hope and happiness.  I couldn't find that version, but I remember hearing it.

 

This is the way I interpret the song for myself.

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2 minutes ago, Ii2 said:

By the way, there is another unreleased version (maybe studio demo) that does finish the song.  The way it ends here is in a darker tone.  The emotions of giving up take over the emotions of hope and happiness.  I couldn't find that version, but I remember hearing it.

Here it is: 

 

 

Even though it lacks the beautiful harmonies in the climax, I think I may like it better.  It is darker, more relatable and realistic.  

 

Plus the bass (which I believe is Steele) is real and not synth.

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I like the released version better but only because of the atmospheric part.  I feel the song is incomplete without it.  Successwise, the demo version wouldn't have done good on the charts simply because it was not contemporary enough.  That's probably why the producer decided to release the official version.

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Newly surfaced video of a Susanna Hoffs solo gig in Miami, circa 1991.  She was opening for Don Henley, promoting her then new album When You're A Boy.  The songs on that one work considerably better live than on record, imo.   Too bad she didn't break out the Bowie cover.

 

 

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