Song Lyric Sunday | “The Lady in Red” – Chris de Burgh

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is girl(s).”

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I went a bit further with the theme, choosing an adult form of girl(s)…lady.

The Lady in Red was released in June 1986  by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh as the second single from his album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh’s music to a mainstream audience worldwide.

The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife, Diane. On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.

The song was a massive hit across the world, quickly becoming de Burgh’s best-selling single and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries. It reached the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Flanders region of Belgium and Norway. It also reached number three in the United States during the spring of 1987.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Despite the song’s worldwide appeal, it tends to divide public opinion and it was voted the tenth most annoying song of all time in a poll commissioned by Dotmusic in 2000. It was one of only two singles in the top ten which were not novelty songs.
  • It was also voted the third worst song of the 1980s by readers of Rolling Stone.
  • In a 2001 poll of more than 50,000 Channel 4 viewers and readers of The Observer, the song was voted the fourth most hated UK number-one single.
  • Neil Norman of The Independent argued in 2006: “Only James Blunt has managed to come up with a song more irritating than Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red.

To be fair, during the height of the song’s popularity, it was hard to turn on a music station and not hear it…several times! Still, it’s a great song.

 

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

The Lady in Red

[Verse 1]
I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance

They’re looking for a little romance
Given half a chance
And I have never seen that dress you’re wearing
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes
I have been blind

[Chorus]
The lady in red is dancing with me
Cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight

[Verse 2]
I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
You were amazing
I’ve never seen so many people want to be there by your side

And when you turned to me and smiled
It took my breath away
And I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love
As I do tonight

[Chorus]

The lady in red is dancing with me
Cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here
It’s just you and me
It’s where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I’ll never forget the way you look tonight

I never will forget the way you look tonight
The lady in red
The lady in red
The lady in red, my lady in red

I love you

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

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