The Vine: January 4, 2013
I'm hoping you can help with a song that's been stuck in my head ever since the late '80s or early '90s. It's a silly little pop song sung by a female artist, it went something like,
When I'm feeling sad and lon-e-ly,
I let the summer…chase, my blues, away.
Sung by a female with a high-pitched voice. The song is upbeat and peppy.
That's all I remember, and Google has failed me — help?
I listened to it on repeat during a maudlin breakup with my FIRST GREAT LOVE. Now, the whole thing is a laughable puddle of drivel, but I really would like to listen to it again, for old times' sake. It made me quite happy at the time. It may be a Canadian artist, but I'm not sure on that.
Okay, I really didn't want to have to do this; I am a librarian and have even been able to answer other people's Ask The Readers questions, but I am stuck on my own.
When I was a kid I was really into scary stories, and I would go to the library and check out pretty much any collection of scary stories they had. I remember reading one story that was about a kid (I think his family was rich) who would always break his toys; his parents would buy him these nice, fancy things, and before long they would be (intentionally?) destroyed. I think he would swear that it wasn't him or that it wouldn't happen again, his parents would buy him something new, the cycle would repeat, etc. The story ended with his parents buying him a stuffed tiger (though it might have been another big cat, or possibly a different animal altogether) that had eyes made of precious jewels. As the boy falls asleep, his mother slides her fingernail under the jeweled eye, beginning to destroy the tiger. Oh snap! It was the mom doing it all along!
I thought it was such a creepy story, but I have no idea what it was called or where I read it. I would guess I was between 8 and 12 at the time, so early nin, but I have no idea of the book was old or new, and I read both children's and adult books, so it could have been either. I was into the Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark books, and they were popular around that time, but I don't think it was one of them; in my memory the story just seems a little more sophisticated than those were. One collection I checked out a lot during this same period was Jane Yolen's Things That Go Bump in the Night, but I read through that one recently and it's not in there. I have literally been trying to track this story down for years, and I will be super grateful if anybody can help!
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