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    Charlene and I've never been to me

    Hi,

    Thank you for all your help. Thank you in advance... :)

    Is this how to pronounce Charlene as singer Charlene ---> shar Leen?

    And, what does "I've never been to me?" (Her song's title) really mean?

    Sometimes, I heard people say that 'I haven't been myself lately.' My understanding to this is "I can't fully concentrate. I can't pull myself together... etc" (or am I close to undesrtand this?)

    However, this "I've never been to me." bugs me...

    Again, my guess is this: "I have never been true to myself."

    (the first 2 parts of her lyrics are listed below) this is tough to me.

    Hey lady, you lady
    Cursing at your life
    You're a discontented mother
    And a regimented wife
    I have no doubt
    You dream about the things you never do
    But I wish someone had talked to me like I wanna talk to you

    Oh, I've been to Georgia and California and anywhere I could run
    Took the hand of a preacher man
    And we made love in the sun
    But I ran out of places and friendly faces
    Because I had to be free
    I've been to paradise but I've never been to me...

    Thank you very much, teachers.

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    Re: Charlene and I've never been to me

    You are correct, the singer pronounces her name "shar-LEEN."

    Here is the singer's interpretation of the song: I've Never Been To Me

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    Re: Charlene and I've never been to me

    I think it means she has never found her 'self' i.e her true self remains undiscovered, although she has done many things in her life


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    Re: Charlene and I've never been to me

    I got it.

    "I've been to paradise but I've never been to me"... Literally, she had been to many places (even paradise) & done many things (bad ones too)... but she has never been (visited & found) herself... I like this interpretation.. (Thank you Curmudgeon).

    I love disecting songs but it is hard when I don't think I have the kind of background.

    Thank you (Ouisch) for the website. It's interesting to learn about the singer's point of view.

    I even found the YOUTube's Charlene clip.
    YouTube - Charlene - I've Never Been To Me (Live on Mornings)

    Enjoy... And, thanks a lot.

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