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His Sweet Surprise  Music & Lyrics

“Bring Back The Good Old Days”

Bring back the good old days we remember

Smiling and laughing all of the while

Back to the days that lasted forever

Filled up with pleasure

Loaded with style


Days that were always bright

Never a cloud in sight

Never a thought about tomorrow

Or what we borrowed

Was it wrong or right


Bring back the times when the living was easy

Life was so cheap on beer and wine

Pump up the volume

Let the mood seize yah

Push on the pedal and take a ride


Times that were full of soul

Swaying to rock n roll

Never a thought that it would pass

Come at last

And take its toll


Those where the best of times

Those were the worst of times

Though they are long behind

They are fresh in my mind

Those were our happy days

The future was far away

I never heard no-one say

That we would have to pay

In the good old days


Bring back the good old days we remember

Smiling and laughing all of the while

Back to the times that lasted forever

Filled up with pleasure

Loaded with style


Days that were always bright

Never a cloud in sight

Never a thought about tomorrow

Or what we borrowed

Was it wrong or right


Those where the best of times

Those were the worst of times

Though they are long behind

They are fresh in my mind

Those were our happy days

The future was far away

I never heard no-one say

That we would have to pay

In the good old days


Bring back the good old days

Back to the good old days

Bring back the good old days


Copyright 2013 His Sweet Surprise (Paul Nicholas Gogarty). All rights reserved.



This song was written a good few years ago. The lyrics have not been updated since writing as I believe they are universal and are open to multiple personal interpretations. Although this could be arranged as a jazz-style number, I kept it acoustic because in this song’s case it seems  more about the words and the melody is incidental.

The lyrics can be taken to refer in more recent times to the economic crash and the period of free spending and crazed purchasing while times were good. They can also refer to a time of freedom in the 1960s and long summers of fun before any thoughts of the 1970s oil crisis, of the 1980s recession, of AIDS, the destruction of our environment and the concept of social responsibility.

In actual fact, the song was written soon after watching the film "Dazed and Confused" which was released in the 1993 but set in the 1976 and charts the experiences of a group of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school. Whatever about the individuals portrayed in the movie, I think it pefectly caught the mood of transition from one generation to another and reflects nostalgia for an era that would soon be gone forever.

First featured as a ‘b-side’ track on the “Wishing On A Photograph” EP - August 2012