Mystery Topic Challenge 6 – Old Bernard

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So, the Mystery Topic for this go round is what song transports you to a time in your life every time that you hear it? When I first read the topic I knew immediately what song transports me back. It was New Years Eve in the 80s. I am sorry I can’t remember the exact year, but I do know that it was the 80s. I lived in Columbus, GA at the time and went to Columbus College as a theatre major. I lived in the suburbs with my best friend and her daughter. It was a small house that her parents owned, that we lived in. So were having a New Year’s Eve party and we were all ready for the guests to arrive. Food was out, drinks ready, the whole spread. All we needed to pick was the music. We decided to play our cassette of the soundtrack from Heavy Metal. I guess my friend’s daughter was about 4 or 5 at the time. She came running into the room saying “I wanna hear Old Bernard”. We didn’t know what song she was talking about at all. So we asked her again, what song did she want to hear? Again, “I wanna hear Old Bernard”. We still could not figure out what song it was that she wanted to hear, so we asked her to sing it for us. That sweet little girl stood there and belted out “So, here I am with old Bernard. Hoping you’ll see, what your love means to me, Old Bernard”. At that point, the bells went off and one of us figured out what she wanted to hear. On the soundtrack to Heavy Metal, there is a Journey selection some of you may know. Here, let me sing a little of it for you: “So here I am, with open arms, hoping you’ll see, what your love means to me, open arms”. We had a good laugh and everytime I hear Open Arms, I think of that New Year’s Eve and that little girl singing about Old Bernard.

Here are the entries from the other participants of the Mystery Topic Challenge. Please go read their entries and then go here and place your vote for your favorite!

  1. Shadylady
  2. Geekgrl
  3. Shiloh
  4. Jayne d’Arcy
  5. Grumpamoose
  6. BunGirl
  7. Biologisvensk
  8. Andycivil
  9. Killer
  10. Michelle L
  11. Jan
  12. Paris4Prez
  13. Sly (hosted by Jestertunes – some material on the site is NSFW)
  14. Some Go Softly


  1. Jayne d'Arcy Said:

    rofl I think I’ll never look at that song the same way again. I love when kids (and adults) mis-hear lyrics. Some of the greatest memories, there.

  2. SomeGoSoftly Said:

    I love it! That’s going to pop in my head forever now. Like “Hold me closer, Tony Danza…”

  3. Biologisvensk Said:

    My co-workers are going to think I am possessed when this song comes on the radio during the week and I am inexplicably laughing.

  4. Romi Said:

    That’s so adorable; it’s funny, kids seem to have their own special “accent” till a certain age 😉

  5. Andy D Said:

    That is great! I don’t think I will ever be able to sing the correct lyrics to that song.

  6. Killer Said:

    I think I prefer her version.

  7. Sly Said:

    Aww, very cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Jayne d'Arcy Said:

    I wonder if Old Bernard is a big ol’ hound dog with long floppy ears.

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