Golden Earring - Radar Love




Golden Earring’s "Radar Love" is one of rock music’s enduring anthems. According to Rustyn Rose at Metaholic, the song "is a rock masterpiece, from its hooky chugging bassline, to its simple but unmistakable riffs, to its catchy anthemesque chorus. Even the jam which rides the song out is note for note classic".


The song is written from the point of view of a car or truck driver who says he has some sort of psychic relationship with his girlfriend - "radar love". He has sensed that she urgently wants him to be with her, which makes him reckless.


Like other famous songs of the era ("Stairway to Heaven", "Aqualung", "Bohemian Rhapsody"), "Radar Love" is composed as a suite with several distinctive and quite different sections (although the tonality remains pretty much the same).




Lyrics



I've been drivin' all night, my hand's wet on the wheel There's a voice in my head that drives my heel It's my baby callin', says I need you here And it's a half past four and I'm shiftin' gear When she is lonely and the longing gets too much She sends a cable comin' in from above Don't need no phone at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love We've got a wave in the air, radar love The radio is playing some forgotten song Brenda Lee's comin' on strong

The road has got me hypnotized And I'm speedin' into a new sunrise When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough She sends her comfort comin' in from above

We don't need no letter at all We've got a thing that's called radar love We've got a light in the sky, radar love

No more speed, I'm almost there Gotta keep cool now, gotta take care Last car to pass, here I go

And the line of cars drove down real slow And the radio played that forgotten song Brenda Lee's comin' on strong And the newsman sang his same song Oh one more radar lover gone

When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough She sends her comfort comin' in from above We don't need no letter at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love We've got a light in the sky

We've got a thing that's called radar love We've got a thing that's called radar love




Songwriters: Barry Hay / George Kooymans Radar Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC




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