Car Share, Kayleigh and “Back For Good”?

Yesterday I had to issue a warning that you might not want to read any further if you were a vegetarian, as the post involved a butcher’s shop (complete with images). Today I should point out that if you haven’t yet watched the supposedly final ever episode of Peter Kay’s Car Share, I might be about to spoil things for you. Having aired a good couple of weeks ago now, I will assume however that everyone who wanted to watch it will have done so by now.

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Back in May last year, I wrote about the final episode of Series 2 (link here). There was that  wonderful scene where Billy Ocean’s Red Light Spells Danger came on the radio, and as ever, our supermarket colleagues who had that whole “unspoken thing” going on, burst into song – One of the real high points of the whole series but it also led to the end of the unspoken thing, as it finally became a “spoken about thing”, so could only go one of two ways. Kayleigh was accused of living in a fairy-tale world and the cautious John, who came from a background and part of the country where such things were most definitely not spoken about, did not come up with the correct responses. Kayleigh stormed out of the car and – we were led to believe – out of his life for good.


But of course life is never that simple and the viewing public were not happy. Another final…, final episode was required. At the time however I was fully in support of Kayleigh’s actions – She was a lady of a certain age and had “no time to waste”. She chose to invoke what I used to call the three-month rule. Fun and laughter can be had with the most unlikely of partners for a few months, but then the rose-coloured spectacles come off, and things about them can really start to grate. If however all is still going well, it is wise to find out where things are “going”, as before you know it the years have rolled by and you find yourself with someone who is unwilling to commit (not that I know of anyone who has had that happen to them of course).

Not everyone wanted a sugar-coated ending to Car Share as realistically life just doesn’t always work out that way, but with these two characters they had come too far to throw it all away, and John was at last forced into taking action. As with his botched attempt at telling Kayleigh how he felt at the end of Series 2, he again went about it via the medium of song. He pulled an all-nighter (despite having work the next day) and dropped off the fruits of his labours at Kayleigh’s house in the early hours of the morning. She was not to be trusted with a digital copy of his self-penned love song, so a Walkman and cassette tape it had to be. I give you Come Back My Car Share Buddy by John Redmond (aka Peter Kay). It is no secret that Peter Kay is a massive Take That fan, so it was perfect that they made him an honorary member of the band for this potentially life-changing three-minute declaration. (Sadly the clip of the Back For Good spoof with Take That has disappeared from YouTube but if you click here, you will see it.)

By storming off, out of his life, Kayleigh in effect threw down the gauntlet and this time John came up with the correct response. Whether the course of true love runs smoothly for our couple is another story altogether, but they had come too far for it all to end on a busy motorway at rush hour. There are rumours that the door might have been left open for a Christmas Special, but if this truly was the final ever episode, I think I can live with that.

Come Back My Care Share Buddy Lyrics
(Song by Peter Kay – With a little help from Gary Barlow?) 

Hiding from the past and locked up inside
I thought my heart was safe and then you arrived
I never knew I needed someone like you
To lift the grey away and turn my skies blue
You changed my world to colour
Turned off the black and white
You changed my life
You opened up my eyes so…

Come back my car share buddy
I don’t think life is fair
Come back my car share buddy
I’m lost now you’re not there
The road is oh so lonely
It feels like someone’s died
I’m so lost you’re not with me
Please won’t you let me be your ride

I didn’t understand that love could be true
But then you told me how much I mean to you
And never thinking that we’d end up apart
I sat and watched you walk away with my heart
Now I don’t wanna lose you
But I just need some time to do what’s right
To figure out my life so…

Come back my car share buddy
I’m empty now you’re gone
Come back my car share buddy
The journey seems so long
I find it hard to say it
But I’m feeling it inside
I’m so lost you’re not with me
Please won’t you let me be your ride


I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think the bit of visual humour (at 0:45) in this clip is the funniest thing I’ve seen on telly all year. Wasn’t expecting it at all, so real laugh-out-loud stuff.

Also, it’s been quite a while since I’d watched the original Back For Good video made by Take That in 1995, but it’s still a great wee pop song, apparently dashed off by Gary Barlow in only 15 minutes. It was their 6th UK No. 1 and reached No. 7 on the US Billboard chart. It was also the last video to include Robbie Williams, whom I must admit does look a bit disgruntled in this one – He’d had enough of boy bands by this time and was soon off to try out solo ventures, which he did with aplomb. A fortuitous partnership was formed with songwriter Guy Chambers and the rest, as they say, is history. But getting back to the video – I bet it took ages for their coats to dry out!

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days. I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 57 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team, Bacharach and David. The opening line to that song was, "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

10 thoughts on “Car Share, Kayleigh and “Back For Good”?”

  1. Aargh, haven’t watched it yet so I skipped the rest of the post after your first paragraph and will have to come back to this when I’ve got round to viewing!


    1. And there I was thinking I was safe in that everyone would have watched it by now! I’ll not say another word for fear of giving anything away.


  2. As you know Alyson, I’m a huge fan of the show: I watched it the night it went out (unheard of at Medd Towers) and wasn’t disappointed. I’m sure it will be one of the many things we’ll talk about later in the year.
    Me and a couple of friends are playing a street party next month and we’re doing a few covers. One of the suggestions is Back for Good – we rehearsed it last week and, you know what, it’s a beautiful song. It has some lovely chords in it and if it’s right what you say (Barlow knocked it out in 15 minutes), then I take my hat off to the fella.

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    1. Yes I thought you’d want to watch it as soon as it aired – To be honest, I’ve also watched it a fair few times since (great accompaniment to doing the boring old ironing!).

      Love the idea of the street party and the fact you might be performing Back For Good. I think it’s common knowledge that GB dashed it off in no time at all but he was on a real roll around that time, so one of many great pop songs penned by him. It took me nearly 2 and a 1/2 years to admit to being a Bay City Rollers fan. Here’s the thing – I was also a great fan of Take That but considering I was in my thirties during their heyday I haven’t yet mentioned that around here. Another idea to add to the “posts pending list”, but maybe not this week!


    1. It certainly has and it seems I’ve still posted this a bit too early for some. I missed those water-cooler moments (when I was still at work) when we all chatted about what had been on telly the night before – Nowadays it’s all, “Don’t tell me what happened, I haven’t watched it yet!”. Loved that last episode though, and the unscripted one that aired earlier.


  3. As you might imagine, I haven’t seen any of the final Car Shares yet, but I watched the clips anyway. The ‘Back For Good’ parody was very well done, the original is a top notch pop song and no mistake. You’ve mentioned your three month rule before and it always makes me smile. Mrs S & I have been together for 13 years now and have still yet to have a serious conversation about where things are going, we just seem to go with the flow. The years have indeed rolled by though – 13 years, I can’t believe it!

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    1. Gosh, you’ve been busy tonight catching up with older posts but thanks for dropping by as I know time is precious. Yes the last episode was as funny as ever and the Back for Good parody worked well didn’t it.

      As for my three month rule, it isn’t a hard and fast one, and only needs to be invoked in the kind of situation Kayleigh found herself in. If you are very lucky there will be no need for any kind of invoking as it will just be so obvious “where things are going” that nothing needs to be said! – You are obviously a very lucky man.


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