For this week’s Music Monday, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane with my favorite Cyndi Lauper tune, “Time after Time.”
While writing for her debut studio album, in the spring of 1983, Cyndi Lauper was introduced to American musician Rob Hyman, who was recommended by Rick Chertoff, the album’s producer. Lauper had already recorded the majority of the album, including the songs “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“, “She Bop” and “All Through the Night“, but Chertoff insisted that she and Hyman needed to record just “one more song”. Therefore, she and Hyman sat at a piano and started working on “Time After Time”. The inspiration for the song came after both songwriters were going through similar situations in their respective relationships; he was coming out of a relationship, while she was having difficulties with her boyfriend, David Wolff. One of the first lines Rob wrote was “suitcase of memories”, which according to Lauper, “struck her”, claiming it was a “wonderful line”, while other lines came from Lauper’s life. The song’s title was inspired after Lauper started writing for the song and needed a fake title as a placeholder for the time being. Thus, Lauper was looking in the TV Guide and saw a lot of movie titles, with the 1979 science fiction movie Time After Time being chosen. Although trying to remove the title later, Lauper claimed she couldn’t take it out without the song falling apart.
“After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray
watching through windows, you’re wondering if I’m OK”
–Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman
There’ve been a lot of covers of this song, some really good. If you like the song, you might check out some of the covers on youtube…you know, you want to waste a few hours. 😉