Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lost Gem: Thin Lizzy - "Southbound"

"So tonight after sundownYou must go from this placeWithout a tear, without a frownDisappear without a trace."-->Thin Lizzy<-- span="">

Thin Lizzy's..."Bad Reputation" (1977)...finds a gorgeous mid-tempo ballad penned by the late Phil Lynott...and one of his best.
A bittersweet admonition of arriving at that personal point in life when something must change. A need to go another direction. A different place. A different face.

Great guitar spirit from Scott Gorham provides this gem a wonderful touch of hope and turns what could have been a downturn into a celebration for change.

Just try not to sing along.

Have you heard this one?

The boom time it is over.
A ghost town is all that's left here.
The gold rush it is over
And depression days draw near.

Tonight after sundown
I'm going to pack my case.
I'll leave without a sound
Disappear without a trace.

I'm going southbound.

Drifting like a drover.
Chasing my career.
From the ships docked in the harbour
New horizons will appear.

Tumbling with the tumbleweed
Down the open road.
Taking only what I need
Before my head explodes.

I'm going southbound.

Hey, you're not getting any younger.
The wild west has already been won.
Northern lights are growing colder
And the old eastern ways have gone.

So tonight after sundown
You must go from this place.
Without a tear, without a frown
Disappear without a trace.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers



Alex said...

Great song... and good to see you posting again!

Casey said...

Alex...thanks for stopping by.

I've never heard that song ever on the radio! But would fit nicely on any classic rock station.

I guess I was getting "blogger-burnout" for a while. But feel refreshed now and ready to give it another go.

My blog flies so far under-the-radar...I still get a buzz when I find someone has taken the time to leave a comment so thanks again!