Concrete Blonde– A Long Time Ago (and more on The Shield)

One of the best things about the final episode of The Shield was the montage of scenes that accompanied the closing credits with the use of Concrete Blondes’ “A Long Time Ago” used as the song.  As much as the line “I’ve done worse” and the images of Shane and his family from the last episode, this song has been lodged in my brain for a few days now.  So here’s the clip of the credits as well as the lyrics.

I’ll probably begin rewatching the whole series next year and this song that caps off the series may end up coloring how I  view the series.  “Did you want to be Bonnie and Clyde” will be in the back of my mind whenever the Armenian money train comes up.  “Who did you think I would be?  Ha, you got me instead” almost perfectly sums up every action of Vic Mackey, from his betrayals of Corrine and Ronnie to his brotherhood with Shane and Lem.  “I can be loyal and I can be true, but that’s for someone else and it can never be you” perfectly sums up Vic, loyal and true but no one receives that loyalty in the end.

When you turned out the light
and walked out the door
I said to myself
what did I come here for?

Did you have a good time
drinking whiskey and ryhme
and did you want to be
Bonnie and Clyde?

What goes on in your mind,
what goes on in your head?
Who did you think I would be
ha, well you got me instead.

You think there’s some connection
that I’m your female reflection
but no…

I can be loyal
and I can be true
but that’s for somebody else
and it will never be you.

You think we’re predetermined
but babe you’re learning
way to slow…

But it seems such a long time ago.

(oh…) He can see things
you’ll never know how to see.
He’s three times the man
you’ll never know how to be.
I’ll do anything he wants
and I’ll go anywhere
he wants me to go.

And if that isn’t love
then I guess I’ll just never know.

But it seems a long time ago…

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4 comments for “Concrete Blonde– A Long Time Ago (and more on The Shield)

  1. Doug
    December 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I agree with you. The whole song matches up nicely with the series. I think it ended perfectly the more I watch it. At first I was skeptical but now I think it couldn’t have ended better. I just feel bad for Ronnie. Shane was my favorite character but I think it was a good way to end his story too.

  2. David
    December 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Concrete Blonde was unknown to me, but the Shield finale has made me want to go and search out their albums. As you say, it perfectly complemented the ending, a stupendous ending to what was surely the best show on television. I live in the UK and was reduced to watching it on You Tube, as I couldn’t handle a six month wait to see the denouement. Utterly brilliant.

  3. Korbinian
    December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    damn what a finish… from all seasons this last one was by far the best… if there’s one thing Americans are really good at, it’s acting and producing tv serials…

  4. August 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I just finished watching the last episode a few minutes ago. I watched the entire 7 seasons in the last few weeks. I hope someone can top this series, but I have my doubts – otherwise, I’ll likely be going back to watch the thing again, just like you. I think the outcome for Vic was about all I could accept – I would have been devastated if he somehow died or was sent to prison. It’s purely psychological games involving a television story, but it’s how my archetypes relate. I don’t know how I feel about Ronnie though – it seems he was just a victim to his lack of proactiveness in self-preservation. In a game with those stakes, Vic balanced his moral side with his dark side in a balance where he and his family both survived, and that’s probably as good as it gets in that kind of game. Anyway, you’re right about the song and lyrics being a perfect end to the series – I got a lot of chills and a few tears when I watched that last three minutes. Concrete Blonde (Jeanette Napolitano – I think that’s spelled right) is a favorite, and in this song she reminds me a lot of Linda Perry, in fact I thought it was Perry’s voice I listened to as the credits rolled out…

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