THE LIGHT OF LOVE
According to US
This is one of those songs that even though the lyrics aren't so stellar, I like it anyway. Although I think my like-ness of this song improved after seeing Rick perform it on Live & Kickin'. Now every time I hear this one, I still picture that performance. Not that that is a bad thing, mind you. It just makes me want to pull that DVD out though and watch it again, and there goes my day -ya know?
This song....this song, it's...well...I love it and then I
dont, and here is why:
This has to be one of my least favorites from the WCD album. I DO like it, but I don't love it. I have such mixed feelings about it, it's hard to come to a compromise. I love some parts and I hate others. I guess you could say it's a 50/50 split....which probably doesn't make much sense, but I find this is the only way that I can explain it.
This song, ahh…. this song… I do not hate this song as I do not skip it but to me this song just embodies 80’s cheesiness. First I have never been able to reconcile if the girl in the song is flying away for good or just going on a trip. In many ways it seems like he’s trying to convince her not to leave him but yet it also seems like he’s blowing this out of proportion and being overly emotional about a short little trip. I have known guys that would seem lost or miserable if their significant other was gone for more than a day and for some reason that always pops up in my mind when I hear this song. The other issue I have is how he drags out some of the words, as in “Standing at the terminaaaaaal I can almost hear the muuuuuusic / Coming in from the cold and chilly L.A. niiiiiight” – just weird emphasis there. And then finally, the ‘light of love’ as if it was a beacon in the dark – cute, yet cheesy and brings up images of E.T.’s chest. So I like the music and I can listen to this song and enjoy it if I keep my focus away from the lyrics. ~Jen H.
I keep giving really good reviews for all the songs on WCD, but it's because there is not one song from the collection that I don't like. I like this song a lot and the "good feelings" I get when I hear it. I found it interesting when I read the liner notes to the WCD remastered CD, that Rick wrote this song because of a personal ad he read in the paper, and also that some of it (the solo), is like his dad's favorite song "Begin the Beguine."
I love the guitar solo on this song. I remember Rick saying one time
somewhere that it is part of a song his Dad loved. I think that's really
cool, sort of a way of paying homage to his Dad, although I understand his Dad was still around at the time that he wrote this
song. He obviously was a very big influence on him. I can appreciate
that, my Dad is my Hero. This song is actually somewhat clear to me,
unlike many of Rick's songs with their double meanings. He almost seems to try to cover up what he really wants to say at
times. Someone he loves is leaving (on a trip?) or (because of an
argument?) and he's telling them that it's all okay, you can come back.
I will still be here and still love you. This song was never one of my favorites on Working
Class Dog, other than the guitar solo. I don't really like his vocal on
it, but I can't really put my finger on it. It's almost like some of what he was trying to say became lost in the urgency of the
music. Maybe if it had been slowed down just a little. - Elizabeth S.
I like the words in this song more than the music. The music drags a little for me.