ELO - "Livin Thing" - Live Glastonbury 2016

ELO - "Livin Thing" - Live Glastonbury 2016



"Livin' Thing" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It appears on ELO's 1976 album A New World Record. Patti Quatro sang uncredited vocals, particularly the "higher and higher" parts.


In August 2006, "Livin' Thing" was named by the UK's Q as the number 1 "Guilty Pleasure" single of all time – a list designed to celebrate "uncool" but excellent records, and which received considerable publicity. The original single had the bonus of having "Fire On High" on the flip side, a tune that became the band's most popular instrumental piece. The UK version was released in a blue vinyl format.







Lyrics


Sailin' away on the crest of a wave

It's like magic

Oh, rollin' and riding and slipping and sliding

It's magic


And you, and your sweet desire,

You took me, ooh, oh, higher and higher, baby


It's a livin' thing,

It's a terrible thing to lose

It's a given thing

What a terrible thing to lose.


I'm taking a dive

Dive, dive, dive,


Making believe this is what you've conceived

From your worst day,

I'm taking a dive

Moving in line then you look back in time

To the first day

I'm taking, I'm taking


And you and your sweet desire

(Don't you do it, don't you do it)

You took me

Oh, higher and higher, baby


It's a living thing

It's a terrible thing to lose

It's a given thing

What a terrible thing to lose


(And I'm taking a dive on the slide hey)


Takin' a dive 'cause you can't halt the slide

Floating downstream,

(I'm taking a dive)

So let her go don't start spoiling the show

It's a bad dream

(I'm taking, I'm taking)


And you and your sweet desire

(Don't you do it, don't you do it)

You took me

Oh, higher and higher, baby


It's a living thing

It's a terrible thing to lose

It's a given thing

What a terrible thing to lose


It's a living thing

It's a terrible thing to lose

It's a given thing....




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