Single Review: Cyndi Lauper “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”

The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough
Album: The Goonies Soundtrack
Year: 1985

In the 1985 cult movie “The Goonies,” neighborhood boys find a map which leads to a treasure. With the map, they hope to find gold and other various jewels which will save their town from destruction. Along the way, they swear, kiss some girls, and scream their lungs out.

Pop star Cyndi Lauper makes a cameo and contributes two songs to the soundtrack. In the “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” Lauper stands up for the kids who don’t have much but still wouldn’t have it any other way.

An plucky keyboard opens the single followed by some exotic drums and then modish-synthesizers. After 35 seconds, Lauper says the kids are facing adult issues for the first time. They have a wealthy person who wants to buy their town, taking their out of their only homes. They are also dealing with sadness at the possibility of losing the friendships they had made. However, they found a map and believe they could find precious jewels. It gives them hope. (“Here we are/Hanging on the strains of greed and blues/Break the chain then we break down/Oh it’s nothing If you don’t feel it/Unspoken expectations/Ideals you used to play with/They’ve finally taken shape for us”).

She says the kids and their families deserve to have a voice and are equal to the wealthy people. (“Good enough/For you is/Good enough/For me/ Is good enough/ It’s good enough for me/Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah”).

The kids are starting to feel the pressure. They can’t find the treasure and are beginning to give up. They start thinking of their town in the past tense. The future doesn’t exist anymore. However, Lauper tells them to continue to believe and hold on to the myth. (“Now you’ll say/You’re startin’ to feel the push and pull/Of what could be and never can/You’re merely stumblin’ through those/Old fashioned superstitions/I find too hard to break/Oh maybe you’re out of place”).

The chorus sung twice.

Lauper then repeats the last three lyrics of the second verse. (“Old fashioned superstitions….oh maybe you’re out of place.”)

The chorus is repeated twice again. Lauper scats until the end.

Cyndi Lauper has contributed many 80s classics (“Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “True Colors”) but “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” is not one of them. The single’s instrumentation is mostly the problem. It fits nearly early 80s cliche into 3 minutes.

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