Of if you don’t like Springsteen, here is Billy Joel:
“You can linger too long in your dreams. Say goodbye to the oldies but goodies, ’cause the good ole days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
Check out Domenico Montanaro’s piece at NPR on white nostalgia in classic rock ‘n’ roll music.
Here is a taste:
Probably the most famous from this nostalgia genre, though, came out five years later, with Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.” It tells melancholy anecdotes — a man who was a star baseball player, a woman who pines to recapture her sex appeal of a younger day.
Around the same time as “Here Comes My Girl” and “Glory Days,” Billy Joel’s “Allentown,” was released. In 1982, it retold the story of a town that saw shuttered coal factories — despite generations since World War II (there’s that time again) working there, living decent, middle-class lives and spending “weekends on the Jersey Shore.”
But all that collapsed — and there was plenty of blame to go around, from the companies to the “union people” who “crawled away.”
Read the entire piece here.