26. The first song you ever heard
Two Strong Hearts - John Farnham
Okay, so here is the story. Once upon a time my mother was 6 and a half months pregnant, and thought it would be a good idea to paint her house on the station she lived on in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia.
This was not an altogether brilliant idea.
My mother went into labour, two and a half months early. She went to Carnarvon Hospital, but they weren’t equipped to deal with such a premature birth, so she was flown with the Royal Flying Doctors down to Perth all alone in the back of a tiny plane, freaking the fuck out the whole time.
Cue reaching the maternity hopsital in Perth, I was removed from my mother’s womb like the tumour baby I am, and despite all the drugs and delirium, my Mum remembers this song playing over the PA in the hospital.
She doesn’t even like John Farnham, who at the time was in his mullety, ballady 80s heydey. And I can’t blame her. But the songs goes:
"We’ve got two strong hearts
We stick together like the honey and the bee
You and me
We’ve got two strong hearts
Reaching out forever like a river to the sea.”
And my mother went through hell, but she heard this song, and stayed focused on the monitors that told her that both our hearts were still beating up a storm, despite the odds, and what do you know, we both made it out alive in the end.
Which just goes to show that even cheesy 80s rock ballads have their place in the grand scheme of things.