so originally, before I had even thought of doing pictures, my brain just kept filling in a story for 1989. below are the lyrics that were filling in the gaps. bold for NY-girl, italics for the newcomer.

Walking through a crowd, the village is aglow
Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats

Everybody here wanted something more

Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.

It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat.

The lights are so bright, but they never blind me

You can want who you want:

Boys and boys and girls and girls

Baby I could build a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me

And every day is like a battle

But every night with us is like a dream

Baby we’re the new romantics

Come on, come along with me

Please take my hand and

Please take me dancing and

Please leave me stranded,
It’s so romantic.

Daring, we found wonderland

You and I got lost in it

So we went on our way
Too in love to think straight

Didn’t you flash your green eyes at me

Didn’t you calm my fears with a cheshire cat smile

You stand with your hand on my waist line
It’s a scene and we’re out here in plain sight
I can hear them whisper as we pass by
It’s a bad sign
Something happens when everybody finds out
See the vultures circling dark clouds
Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out

Cause they got the cages, they got the boxes
And guns
They are the hunters, we are the foxes
And we run

Baby, I know places we won’t be found
And they’ll be chasing their tails tryin’ to track us down
Cause I, I know places we can hide
I know places

Lights flash and we’ll run for the fences
Let them say what they want, we won’t hear it
Loose lips sink ships all the damn time
Not this time

Just grab my hand and don’t ever drop it
My love

They take their shots, but we’re bulletproof
And you know for me, it’s always you
In the dead of night, your eyes so green
And I know for you, it’s always me

(S)he said, “Let’s get out of this town,
Drive out of the city, away from the crowds.”
I thought heaven can’t help me now.
Nothing lasts forever, but this is gonna take me down

I can see the end as it begins
My one condition is

Say you’ll remember me standing in a nice dress,
Staring at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just in your wildest dreams

And when we’ve had our very last kiss
My last request is

You’ll see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burning it down
Someday when you leave me
I bet these memories
Follow you around

Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just pretend

Didn’t it all seem new and exciting?

I felt your arms twisting ‘round me

I should have slept with one eye open at night.

We pretended it could last forever

But there were strangers watching
And whispers turned to talking
And talking turned to screams.

I reached for you but you were gone

I knew I had to go back home

You’re thinking that I hate you now
‘Cause you still don’t know what I never said

I wish you would come back,
Wish I never hung up the phone like I did.

And I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I live.

And I wish you were right here, right now

It’s 2 AM in my room.
Headlights pass the window pane, I think of you.
We’re a crooked love in a straight line down.

Makes you wanna run and hide

I wish we could go back

And remember what we were fighting for.
And I wish you knew that I miss you too much to be mad anymore

And I wish you were right here, right now

Stand there like a ghost shaking from the rain

She’ll open up the door and say “Are you insane?’

Say it’s been a long 6 months

And you were too afraid to tell her what you want.

And then you say:

I want you for worse or for better,

I would wait forever and ever,

Broke your heart, I’ll put it back together.

I would wait forever and ever.

Remind her how it used to be 

With pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks

Tell her how you must have lost your mind

And you left her all alone, and never told her why

Clear blue water, high tide came and brought you in
And I could go on and on, on and on, and I will
Skies grew darker, currents swept you out again
And you were just gone and gone, gone and gone

In silent screams,
in wildest dreams
I never dreamed of this
This love is alive back from the dead

Been losing grip,
oh, sinking ships

You showed up just in time
Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave

Your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees

This love came back to me