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#471: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson

1.24.2011


I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson (1974)

Favorite Track(s): "When I Get to the Border" and "The Calvary Cross" and "Withered and Died" and "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" and "Has He Got a Friend For Me"

Thoughts: (Pre-listening) First, I LOVE the album name and cover. Second, I have only ever heard of Richard and Linda Thompson because I am a big fan of their son Teddy's music. Needless to say, I have über-high hopes for this album based on those facts.

(Post-listening) I'll give you a sampling of some of my favorite lyrics from the album:

And I’ll hurt you ‘till you need me

This cruel country has driven me down / teased me and lied, teased me and lied / I’ve only sad stories to tell to this town / my dreams have withered and died

Meet me at the station don’t be late / I need to spend some money and it just won’t wait / Take me to the dance and hold me tight / I want to see the bright lights tonight

Saturday night and I’m all alone / no ring on the door bell, no ring on the phone / and nobody wants to know anyone lonely like me / Your boy friend’s good looking, he’s got it all there / He looks like God made him with something to spare / You look good together, scurrying off down the street

Life seems so rosy in the cradle / but I’ll be a friend, I’ll tell you what’s in store / There’s nothing at the end of the rainbow / there’s nothing to grow up for anymore

While quite depressing, this album was incredible. I've been longing for some folk on this list and Richard and Linda DELIVERED. I wish I had known about this album sooner. Sooo good.

Here's an awesome picture of them from 1982:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,
Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight album…. is now available on Vinyl at.
http://www.simplyvinyl.com/i-want-to-see-the-bright-lights-tonight.html