"Reflections Of My Life" as written by William Campbell and Thomas Mc Aleese....
The changing of sunlight to moonlight
Reflections of my life
Oh, how they fill my eyes

The greetings of people in trouble
Reflections of my life
Oh, how they fill my eyes

Oh, my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home

Oh, my crying (Oh, my crying)
Feel I'm dying, dying
Take me back to my own home

I'm changing, arranging
I'm changing
I'm changing everything
Everything around me

The world is
A bad place
A bad place
A terrible place to live
Oh, but I don't want to die

Oh, my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home

Oh, my crying (Oh, my crying)
Feel I'm dying, dying
Take me back to my own home

Oh, my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home


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"Reflections of My Life" as written by Thomas Mcaleese William Campbell Jnr

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    My InterpretationThe sunlight of youth has faded to the moonlight of old age. The person looks back on his life through tear-glazed eyes of longing for his past. He recognizes the greetings of other troubled people because he too is troubled. He is alone in their company - forever more alone. He remembers his childhood/the best times of his life, and contrasts those times to the harshness of adulthood and lost innocence. He is bitter and scared. "Take me back, to my old home."
    ntrutenkoon December 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor an especially poignant version of this song, check out Dean Ford's 2014 acoustic version on YouTube. It's intercut with footage from the original recording. The cello will break your heart, as will seeing the lead singer as a much older man singing the lyrics he wrote back in 1969. Especially plaintive is the line “The world is a bad place / A bad place / A terrible place to live / Oh, but I don't want to die.” That’s the human condition, isn’t it? For while it’s true that the world is a badly broken place, it is also a beautiful place, a wondrous place. And so we celebrate! This song will haunt you with its beauty!
    PLHolteon January 05, 2017   Link
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    General CommentMy feeling is that this is a man looking at the world after the love of his life has spurned him. He's gone along in the world for a long time with his love for her always with him, so it became part of the world. After he asked her, and she said no, then he saw the world in a horrible new light. He transfers his pain and misery onto everyone else he sees, hence the, "people in trouble" line.

    I actually find this an uplifting song, because, even though the world sucks, he still wants to be in it, so it can't suck all that bad.

    I guess there's not a lot in the lyrics song to suggest my interpretation, it's just the melancholy, depressed music.

    But I don agree that only two comments on this song is incredible. I thought it was more popular than that. It certainly deserves to be. If the Beatles had written this song everyone would be singing it. Marmalade has a whole catalog of songs but this is the only one on here.
    Mongothegreaton April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentmaybe i'm wrong. but, the picture that comes to my mind is a soldier (perhaps in vietnam war, since the song was written around that time and vietnam war was one of the most gruesome one in modern days) having nostalgia for his home and expressing how he hates fighting there and wishes he was back at home.
    hwiparkon August 26, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIf the writer ever had a near-death experience, he would be feeling this same sense of loneliness. As we look around, the world is full of despair, yet, even as we long for home, we choose to live. I also agree with the person who thought this song was related to the Vietnam War. Obviously, the same longing for a place so far away, that you once called home, is similar to the nde. By the way, I LOVE THIS SONG!!
    Starspunon September 18, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionMy first impression was formed in 1969 at the age of 15. I enjoyed the song but there were so many songs that this song did not have the time to go deeper into my person and I being 15 was not fully able to discern either its lyrical content or its musical roots. In fact I had long forgotten this song when just this week I re-discovered it thru a friend's FB page on which he posted his cover of this song. Who is The Marmalade? I said to myself. I went seeking. I played the song over and over and I really experienced its greatness this time. Once I had absorbed it emotionally and artistically I began to wonder about its meaning and my immediate feeling was that this kind of emotional depth would have to belong to something very difficult and so I felt it was about the experience of Viet Nam and felt the date was also right. Today I listened to British DJ who recently interviewed Dean Ford. Dean did not say that the lyrcis were written about VN but he did say that many Viet Nam vets related to the song and liked it. This song is one of those creations by an artist (or group of artists) which goes beyond the artists themselves and has, because of its greatness, a life of its own. I really have loved watching the young Marmalades in various videos perform this song. In it I can see all of my heartfelt ambitions as a teen to become a professional singer / performer / and songwriter. They did it and did it very well. Thank you Dean Ford and The Marmalade.
    mbendson August 31, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"take me back to my own home" the lyricist tells of his disappointment with finding home in the world and longs for a perfect place that he feels was once there in a beginning he may only remember fragments from that are vivid and more intense than anything encountered in his life. He is musing about this perfect place of love and home and how it doesn't seem attainable in the current world surrounding him today.

    It's about longing for deep inner fullfillment and to be found in a world that doesn't understand the need to be loved and find yourself home in someone. Thus home becomes something in the most primordial beginning, maybe metaphysical even in the mind of the singer. It's most definitely about love.
    lovespropheton November 29, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon September 20, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMy God. Four years and nine months and not a single comment on this spectacular song.

    I think it's nostalgia for a place that hasn't even been seen by the singer. In the end, he has to choose between living in a totally undesirable world and dying...and there is good in this world, making life indeed better than death.
    arrstaron January 21, 2008   Link

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