Happy Friday! Where the heck did that whole week go?
Thin Lizzy released the album Jailbreak in 1976, the year most of my school friends were getting their drivers’ licences. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did not get mine until I was 19; after failing the road test the first time, I wasn’t motivated to try again until a work colleague with whom I carpooled encouraged me to learn to drive her stick-shift Honda Civic. After that, I was hooked!
My first car, a 1980 Ford Mustang, was also a manual transmission. The first car Sweety and I bought together was a manual as well, our 2006 Sonata. The car we bought last year, a Subaru Outback, has an automatic transmission, as we felt we were through that need for constant shifting and were all about the safety features, many of which were not available with a standard transmission. Neither of us misses the stick shift, but could easily switch back if there were a need. But I digress…
“The Boys Are Back in Town” plays in a scene from one of my favourite movies, A Knight’s Tale. William (played magnificently by the now-late Heath Ledger), a poor young man in 14th century England, impersonating his liege Sir Ector (who died at a rest stop on the side of a road), has won several jousting tournaments under the assumed name Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Gelderland, as men without titles are not allowed to compete. William/Sir Ulrich, his entourage, and many others are making their way into London for the World Championships. The song plays in the soundtrack as they triumphantly enter London, William wild with excitement at returning home with his (albeit fraudulently) newfound fame, and anxious to visit Cheapside to find his father, who sent William away as a boy to serve and learn from Sir Ector.
There’s so much more to A Knight’s Tale; I don’t want to spoil it if you have not seen it — and if you haven’t, then buy or rent it and watch it! It’s is a terrific movie. When my two lads were much younger, one of us would pick it to watch it on Friday pizza-and-movie nights with Sweety and me. Time for one of those again soon.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from Thin Lizzy’s official YouTube channel: