View Full Version : Looking for Songs about chance encounters with old lovers

02-12-2005, 03:41 PM
In this thread (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=301985) Harry Chapin's song Taxi was mentioned and Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne were mentioned. What are others with the same story. Mary Hopkin's Those Were the Days sorta fits. Any others?

kung fu lola
02-12-2005, 03:47 PM
"Martha", by Tom Waits may qualify. It's about a man who calls up an old flame, looking for her on the off chance that she is still at that number.

It's a staple in our house, since that's exactly what my stepdad to reconnect with my mom after their marriages (to other people) broke up. They had been just friends way back when, married their respective sweeties, and then moved to different citioes, and he never forgot her. He dialed her up randomly one day and now they've been together for more than a decade. Also, my mom's name is Martha.

Only Mostly Dead
02-12-2005, 03:58 PM
Van Morrison "Brown Eyed Girl" has a mention along the theme in the last verse, and the rest is largely reminiscent.

02-12-2005, 04:00 PM
Little Texas's "What Might Have Been" and Garth Brooks's "Unanswered Prayers" are both good examples of this type of song.

02-12-2005, 04:02 PM
Streisand's "The Way We Were"

02-12-2005, 04:19 PM
David Hollister's "One Woman Man." Opening lines: It's so funny running into you/ It has be three years/ Since we last seen each other/ Many flashbacks come to mind/ All the wild and crazy times/ We used to have one another...

The song veers off into David singing about how he's so in love with the woman he's with now, less so about the meeting.

02-12-2005, 04:20 PM
Paul Simon, "Still Crazy After All These Years"

02-13-2005, 02:04 AM
Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne (http://danfogelberg.com/alphalyrics5.html).

02-13-2005, 03:06 AM
That Was a River by Collin Raye sort of fits.

I've seen that look before
Here comes that doubt again
You think that girl we saw
Was more than just a friend
Yes, there was a time
I thought she had it all
She meant the world to me
Back when the world was small


I've been getting nostalgic for the country I used to listen to recently. I really need to hunt down some 90's love ballads.

02-13-2005, 09:04 AM
Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne (http://danfogelberg.com/alphalyrics5.html). :) I suspect you are guilty of something I do all the time - only reading part of the post.

I mentioned Same Old Lang Syne in my original post...

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-13-2005, 09:32 AM
Roxy Music: "Chance Meeting"

Donovan: "Hi It's Been a Long Time"

02-13-2005, 10:00 AM
Isn't Life Strange Moody Blues

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
02-13-2005, 10:34 AM
Desert Moon by Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx)

02-13-2005, 03:20 PM
Does Night Moves by Bob Seger count? It's just a guy remembering an old love, though, I think.

The same is likely true of Paul Davis' '65 Love Affair.

Dating myself? Whatever do you mean? ;)

02-13-2005, 03:22 PM
Desert Moon by Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx)

Oh, and I originally came into this thread with the intent to offer that one. Rats. :D

Little Nemo
02-13-2005, 03:34 PM
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue".

02-13-2005, 03:35 PM
Roy Orbison's Crying (best version imo: his duet with k.d. lang)

What's the song that begins with a line to the effect of "Saw my ex lover in the grocery store"?

02-13-2005, 03:45 PM
Remember Walk On By sung byAretha Franklin (http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006JKG3/ref=pd_krex_sd_0/002-9220895-2884852)? It's one of my faves!

02-13-2005, 04:06 PM
The first one that popped into my head was "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away," by Willie Nelson.

Well, hello there
My, it's been a long, long time
How am I doing?
Oh, I guess that I'm doing fine
It's been so long now,
But it seems now, that it was only yesterday
Gee, ain't it funny, how time slips away.

How's your new love?
I hope that he's doin fine
I heard you told him,
That you'd love him till the end of time
Now, that's the same thing that you told me
Seems like just the other day
Gee, ain't it funny, how time slips away.

I gotta go now
I guess I'll see you around
Don't know when though
Never know, when I'll be back in town
But remember, what I tell you
In time your gonna pay
And it's surprising, how time slips away...

02-13-2005, 04:18 PM
The first one that popped into my head was "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away," by Willie Nelson.
And this one made me think of Conway Twitty's Hello Darling.

Little Nemo
02-13-2005, 04:23 PM
What's the song that begins with a line to the effect of "Saw my ex lover in the grocery store"?
"Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg. Walloon's post above links to the lyrics.

02-13-2005, 04:28 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Dan Folgerberg's Same Old Lang Syne... :)

02-13-2005, 05:21 PM
"Out of the Snow" by the Amazing Rhythm Aces:

"And I never expected to see you again
Must a been seven years ago
Now that you're here, why don't you come in
Don't stand outside in the snow"

Full lyrics here (http://leoslyrics.com/listlyrics.php?hid=2aL45nVerhw%3D).

02-13-2005, 05:21 PM
"Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" by Pearl Jam.

The Big Cheese
02-14-2005, 08:34 PM
Teddy Pendergrass, owner of the best baritone ever, did "She's Over Me"
Great song, about running into an old love, and how he realized she was gone.

And I looked in her eyes,
and I saw enough to realize
it's dead and gone,
i don't have a prayer of getting her back where she used to be,
she's over me.

I'll spend my whole life knowing, thinking of how good we were
She's over me, but I'll never be over her.

West LA Fadeaway, Grateful Dead.
I met an old mistake walking down the street today
I met an old mistake walking down the street today
I didn't want to be mean about it
I couldn't think of one good thing to say.

02-14-2005, 09:40 PM
Big Head Todd And The Monsters - "Wearing Only Flowers" from Strategem. The relevant lyric (from memory, but I think I've got it right) is:

"After ten years taken
Accidentally meeting
Realized we were mistaken..."

...and then goes onto mention getting married after breakfast. :)

02-14-2005, 09:40 PM
Big Head Todd And The Monsters - "Wearing Only Flowers" from Strategem. The relevant lyric (from memory, but I think I've got it right) is:

"After ten years taken
Accidentally meeting
Realized we were mistaken..."

...and then goes on to mention getting married after breakfast. :)

Shirley Ujest
02-14-2005, 09:52 PM
What was the song by Folgelberg?


02-14-2005, 09:54 PM
Another entry: How Much I Feel by Ambrosia.

How's your life been goin' on?
I got a wife now, years we been growin' strong

There's just something that I've got to say
Sometimes when we make love, I still can see your face

02-14-2005, 11:26 PM
"How did we get from saying 'I love you'" by Great Big Sea

02-15-2005, 03:44 AM
"Reunited" by Peaches and Herb. (I think)

Anyway hasn't been said yet, you people are slip'n! ;)

02-15-2005, 07:55 AM
First thing I thought of was "And still", sung by Reba McEntire.

Thousands of people live in this town
And I had to run into him
When I saw him there on that busy street
Those feelings came back again
There was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
He walked up to me, looked in my eyes...


02-15-2005, 08:26 AM
"I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You" by Hank Williams (Sr.)


...plus isn't there some song with a holiday theme? Something about Christmas Eve?

02-15-2005, 08:32 AM
"CBGB's (http://sydstraw.com/sydstraw/lyrics/showlyrics.asp?song=cbgbs)" by Syd Straw.

02-15-2005, 08:37 AM
Do phone calls from old lovers count? 'Cause then there's also:

"Diamonds and Rust (http://baez.woz.org/Lyrics/diamonds.html)" by Joan Baez (which appears to be about a forlorn phone call from Bob Dylan).

(Can you tell I live for these "name a song about ________" threads?)

02-15-2005, 08:44 AM
How about an unexpected letter from an old lover?

"Once in a Very Blue Moon (http://nanci-griffith.com/discography/oiavbmlyrics.html#bluemoon)" by Nanci Griffith

02-15-2005, 08:54 AM
"I'm Carrying" by Paul McCartney is about meeting an old girlfriend. This song is so not about Linda, I always wondered what she thought about it.

02-15-2005, 09:01 AM
"Hello Like Before," by Bill Withers.

I'm telling you, folks...you really need to listen to more Bill Withers. The man is a very, very talented singer and he gets nowhere near the credit he deserves.

02-15-2005, 09:16 AM
"Queen Anne's Lace" by The Del McCoury Band

and (sorta)

"First Episode at Hienton (http://eltonography.com/songs/first_episode_at_hienton.html) by Elton John/Bernie Taupin.

02-15-2005, 01:52 PM
What was that song about seeing your ex-lover in a grocery store? Wasn't it "Rio" by Duran Duran?

02-15-2005, 03:16 PM
Garth Brooks, "Every Time That It Rains (http://azlyrics.com/lyrics/garthbrooks/everytimethatitrains.html)"

Dolly Parton, "Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You (http://lyricsfreak.com/d/dolly-parton/41954.html)"Downtown tonight, I saw an old friend, someone who
I use to take comfort from long before I met you
I caught a spark from his eyes of forgotten desire
With a word, or a touch, I could have rekindled that fire

02-15-2005, 03:25 PM
"Hello Like Before," by Bill Withers.

I'm telling you, folks...you really need to listen to more Bill Withers. The man is a very, very talented singer and he gets nowhere near the credit he deserves.Yep. A friend's band covered "Use Me," oh, must have been 10 years ago. They did such a good job with it that I started getting into Withers's music, and now "Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall" is probably my all-time favorite concert album. Just amazing stuff.

Withers is still alive, is he not?

02-15-2005, 03:54 PM
Old Flame sung by Alabama and a few other bands.


There's an old flame buring in your eyes that tears can't drown and make-up
can't disguise.
Now that old flame might not be stronger, but it's been burnin' longer than
any spark I might have started in your eyes.

02-15-2005, 04:04 PM
Steve Goodman, "Yellow Coat"

02-15-2005, 04:06 PM
Steve Goodman, "Yellow Coat"

Junior Brown, "My Wife Thinks You're Dead"

02-15-2005, 04:23 PM
You Look So Good In Love George Straight

Would The Dance by Garth Brooks qualify? Maybe if you stretch it.

And I think there was some song that mentioned snow....

02-15-2005, 04:45 PM
What was the song by Folgelberg?

I'm fairly sure it's The Last Nail (http://lyrics.rare-lyrics.com/D/Dan-Fogelberg/The-Last-Nail.html).

(OK, the "chance encounter" is never explicitly mentioned, but from the context, it seems clear. And damn, it's a much better song than the one that everyone seems to have forgotten the name of.)

Peter Morris
02-15-2005, 05:13 PM
Louise (http://lyricsfreak.com/h/human-league/66377.html) by the Human League

Romeo & Juliet (http://letrascanciones.org/dire-straits/money-for-nothing/romeo-and-juliet.php) Dire Straights.

02-15-2005, 05:33 PM
"Look Away" by Peter Cetera/Chicago might qualify.

There's also "WOLD" by Harry Chapin.

02-15-2005, 05:37 PM
"What it Takes" by Aerosmith.

There goes my old girlfriend
Well there's another diamond ring
And all those late night promises
I guess they don't mean a thing
So baby, what's your story
Did you find another man
Is it easy to sleep in the bed that we made
When you don't look back
I guess the feelings start to fade away

So tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain's supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night
Without thinking you've lost everything that was good
In your life to the toss of the dice

I thought there was one by Dan something-or-other, too. Doesn't he play guitar?

02-15-2005, 05:45 PM
<SNIP>And I think there was some song that mentioned snow....Was it falling Christmas eve?

02-15-2005, 08:11 PM
Was it falling Christmas eve?

Now that you mention it, yeah....

Another chance encounter song is You Know Me Better Than That also by George Straight.

Robot Arm
02-15-2005, 08:20 PM
Main and Broadway, by a cuddlecore punk trio called Cub. If you ever need a song for a bitter breakup, this is the one.

Love letters, broken lockets,
Dead flowers, candy boxes;
That's what you're left with when it's over.

02-15-2005, 08:29 PM
With everybody and his brother (and sister) doing "Great American Songbooks" these days, it's surprising that I'm the first to mention What's New? (http://kokomo.ca/pop_standards/whats_new_lyrics.htm)

The Scrivener
02-15-2005, 08:40 PM
"Brand New Baby" by Semisonic. Great song, BTW.

02-15-2005, 08:41 PM
What about *gasp* "All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)" by Heart?

Then it happened one day, we came round the same way
You can imagine his surprise when he saw his own eyes
I said please, please understand
I'm in love with another man
And what he couldn't give me
Was the one little thing that you can

I've never understood this song -- it seems to be about a woman with an infertile husband, but it creeps me out that 1) she has such passionate "lovemaking" with the guy she uses as a sperm donor "all night long", 2) she doesn't tell him about the kid, and 3) people think this is a romantic song.

Anyway, hijack over, I believe it fits the OP.

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