So…a few weeks ago my wife and I were having “one of those days”. What’s “one of those days”? Well, “one of those days” is when you want to stay in bed and not deal with the frustrations of, well, life abroad I guess. As mentioned in a previous Ocho List about 8 Things to Expect as an Expat, life’s not always $#!T’s and giggles. But “one of those days” turned into an episode idea…
8 Songs That Relate To Living Abroad
(with YouTube links to the songs for your convenience).
- Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC…Okay, this one is more about the song title, unless you’re actually thinking of “offing” someone…Seriously, labor is pretty cheap here. How can you complain about workers that make a mere $25 a day to sweat their baguettes off building your house or cutting your lawn with a weed-o while you’re enjoying an ice cold beer, or a box of wine, or some cheap rum?
- Panama by Van Halen…Evidently, the song is about a car, but I’m sure every expat in Panama has shouted “Pa-num-aaa!” at some point in their expat life…Oh, and I also quit my last job back home to this song, so it holds a special place in my heart. And let’s face it, if you’re an expat in Ecuador, shouting out “Ek-wih-door” just isn’t quite the same.
- Where The Streets Have No Name by U2…Again, it’s more the title that relates. And some streets (most actually) do have names, but nobody refers to them by their names. Instead they’ll say things like “the street off the square – you know, the one with the chino…”
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones…Well, sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t. Customer service has been a bone of contention for some here in Panama. I haven’t had too many issues with it except at a local chino, which was chino service, not Panamanao service. Anyway, this song is dedicated to those that feel they just “can’t get no…no, no, no…”.
- Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot by the Merrymen…Pretty self-explanatory I think. It’s pretty hot down here in Latin America.
- Work Song by Dan Reeder (warning, explicit lyrics). A lot of people move to Latin America to retire early. Others (like me) have opted for a different pace. Sure, I’ll need to work again – I’m just trying to zero in on what I want to be when I grow up…and in doing so I guess…I got all the f—-n work I need.
- We’re Here For A Good Time (not a long time) by Trooper…A Canadian classic. I suppose you could replace this one with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” if you prefer (personally, I’d rather be tortured with an “According to Jim” marathon than hear that song)…anyway…Life’s short, embrace the things you enjoy. And as Trooper says, “We’re here for a good time, not a long time, so have a good time, the sun can’t shine every day” (except maybe in dry season).
- Hold On For One More Day by Wilson Phillips…The inspiration for this list. Everyone who has made the move to live abroad has had their days that make you think the following…
Some day somebody’s gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye.
Until then, baby, are you going to let them hold you down and make you cry?
Don’t you know…Don’t you know…things can change…things’ll go your way…
If you hold on for one more day.
Can you hold on for one more day?
Things’ll go your way,
Hold on for one more day!
Sometimes good things can come from “one of those days” – a life lesson or two, if nothing else. For me, I try to find the lighter side of things and entertain others with said lighter side. This top 8 (or ocho list, if you will), was derived from “one of those days”. So if you’re having “one of those days”, take a note from Wilson Phillips or Harold and Kumar and…hold on for one more day.
Got a song you think relates? I’d love to hear it so let me know in the comments!