Flashback Fridays: Wyclef Jean, Gone till November

By Anton Constantinou 

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Wyclef plays what appears to be a drug pusher, whose left his girlfriend to deal elsewhere.

This week’s Flashback Fridays entry is Wyclef classic, Gone till November-: an autumn centered record about time away from a loved one.  Dropped in ’97,  the song proved hugely successful, hitting number 1 in both UK RNB  and US Hot Dance Music charts, as well as number 3 in the UK singles charts.

In the song, Wyclef plays what appears to be a drug pusher, whose left his girlfriend to deal elsewhere. In short, he wont work a 9-5, as has no patience for earning slow money, and so he must travel-push in the months leading up to November. Others have speculated that the song refers dodging the D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Administration), who apparently chase drug dealers less during the month of November.  Regardless of its true meaning, the song offers a universal farewell which all of us can relate to, whether it be a short goodbye before a  gap year, or a long hug before a jail sentence.

The accompanying music video music was shot in Los Angeles Airport- which makes sense when you consider that parting ways is often done before a flight.  Included in the video are Wyclef’s girlfriend in question- who is seen running through the airport in a panic- and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra- who offer the perfect crescendo effect to the overall song.  With November right around the corner, here is the song which makes the month worth remembering.

 



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