Perfecte popsong du jour: I’m Mandy Fly Me

Een van de leukste soft pop bands van de jaren ’70 was 10CC. Het genre is wat in diskrediet geraakt, maar een hele serie songs van deze band heeft de tand des tijds heel wat beter doorstaan dan het complete oeuvre van Emerson, Lake & Palmer. “I’m Mandy, Fly Me” is een persoonlijke favoriet. De band ontleende de inspiratie voor de song aan een poster van National Airlines. Eric Stewart: “National Airlines used to have this beautiful poster that they displayed of this gorgeous stewardess inviting you onto the plane. […] “I’m Cindy, fly me” which was a quite sexual connotation as well … and I thought God, do you know, there’s a song there”. 

Just like a rolling stone
I’m outside looking in
But if your chance came would you take it
Where on earth do I begin

I’m Mandy fly me …

I’ve often heard her jingle
It’s never struck a chord
With a smile as bright as sunshine
She called me through the poster
And welcomed me aboard

She led me she fed me
She read me like a book
But I’m hiding in the small print
Won’t you take another look
And take me away
Try me Mandy fly me away

The world was spinning like a ball
And then it wasn’t there at all
And as my heart began to fall

I saw her walking on the water
As the sharks were coming for me
I felt Mandy pull me up give me the kiss of life
Just like the girl in Dr. No No No No

Ah when they pulled me from the wreckage
And her body couldn’t be found
Was it in my mind it seems
I had a crazy dream
I told them so but they said no no no no

I found me on a street
And starin’ at a wall
If it hadn’t have been for Mandy
Her promise up above me
Well I wouldn’t be here at all
So if you’re travellin’ in the sky
Don’t be surprised if someone said Hi …

I’m Mandy fly me

Uitgelichte afbeelding: By AVRO – Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974, CC BY-SA 3.0,