Right Down the Line

Well, what the hell…

*sigh*

Listening to the late night radio request line and some lady just asked the DJ to play a song that used to mean an awful lot to me, and of course the DJ obliged.  Normally I wouldn’t be posting about this, but oddly enough, the song just so happens to be by Gerry Rafferty, the subject of my last post (“Bioluminescence & Baker Street“), so I figure I am now obligated to post this song as the befitting bookend to the blog post from four days ago. For a brief moment I considered not posting this, but I’ve had a few drinks and at this point I’m like, “Fuckit.”

“Right Down the Line” was the second single from the album City to City and a successful follow-up to the record’s first single, “Baker Street,” reaching #12 on the charts. I would argue that this song is actually better than “Baker Street,” and I believe Mr. Rafferty (and any songwriter worth his salt, for that matter) would back me up on this. Simply put: as far as love songs go, few have been written any better than this one. This song used to hold a happy place in my heart, but that happiness has been replaced with hurt, making the meaning of the song all the more melancholy for me.  But if you happen to be young and in love… well, then, this song’s for you.

You know I need your love– you’ve got that hold over me.
As long as I’ve got your love, you know that I’ll never leave.
When I wanted you to share my life, I had no doubt in my mind.
And it’s been you, woman, right down the line.

I know how much I lean on you– only you can see
the changes that I’ve been through have left their mark on me.
You’ve been as constant as the Northern Star–
the brightest light that shines.
It’s been you, woman, right down the line.

I just wanna say this is my way
of telling you everything I could never say before.
Yeah, this is my way of telling you that
every day I’m loving you so much more

‘Cause you believed in me through my darkest night–
put something better inside of me– you brought me into the light.
Threw away all those crazy dreams, I put them all behind.
And it was you, woman, right down the line.

I just wanna say this is my way
of telling you everything I could never say before.
Yeah, this is my way of telling you that
every day I’m loving you so much more.

If I should doubt myself, if I’m losing ground,
I won’t turn to someone else– they’d only let me down.
When I wanted you to share my life, I had no doubt in my mind.
And it’s been you, woman, right down the line.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s