Lightnin’ Strikes” – Lou Christie (1966)

 

Lis­ten to me, baby, you got­ta understand
You’re old enough to know the mak­ings of a man
Lis­ten to me, baby, it’s hard to set­tle down
Am I ask­ing too much for you to stick around

Every boy wants a girl
He can trust to the very end
Baby, that’s you
Won’t you wait but ’til then

When I see lips beg­gin’ to be kissed (stop)
I can’t stop (stop)
I can’t stop myself
(Stop, stop)

Light­ning is strik­ing again
Light­ning is strik­ing again

Nature’s takin’ over my one-track mind
Believe it or not, you’re in my heart all the time
All the girls are sayin’ that you’ll end up a fool
For the time being, baby, live by my rules

When I set­tle down
I want one baby on my mind
For­give and forget
And I’ll make up for all lost time

If she’s put togeth­er fine
And she’s readin’ my mind (stop)
I can’t stop (stop)
I can’t stop myself
(Stop, stop)

Light­ning is strik­ing again
Light­ning is strik­ing again
And again and again and again

Light­ning is strik­ing again
Light­ning is strik­ing again

There’s a chapel in the pines
Wait­ing for us around the bend
Pic­ture in your mind
Love for­ev­er, but ’til then

If she gives me a sign
That she wants to make time (stop)
I can’t stop (stop)
I can’t stop myself
(Stop, stop)

Light­ning is strik­ing again
Light­ning is strik­ing again
And again and again and again
Light­ning is strik­ing again
And again and again and again

****

In “Light­nin’ Strikes,” the singer is try­ing to con­vince a girl to basi­cal­ly put her life on hold while he goes around and humps any­one will­ing to let him near.  He can’t stop him­self, as is, appar­ent­ly the case with all men (which she is old enough to know).  While “Light­ning is strik­ing” (again and again and again), he promis­es her a wed­ding “around the bend” and that he’ll make it up to her as long as she keeps her legs closed and lives by his rules.  This is the skee­vi­est song on the list… and prob­a­bly the catchiest.

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5 Comments

  1. Wow. This song flew right past creepy straight into sin­is­ter and preda­to­ry. Who­ev­er wrote this song almost cer­tain­ly has uttered the phrase, “Put the f*cking lotion in the bas­ket!” at least once in their lives. O.O

  2. To hear the catchy, upbeat music, and then read the lyrics here, it is two dif­fer­ent worlds. All I remem­ber of this is the cho­rus, heard it a mil­lion times, I nev­er knew.

  3. This was the first song, when I was grow­ing up, that I fell in love with. I didn’t know what sex­ism was then. Now, if I could get my hands on who­ev­er wrote it, I would give them a wound in an area they would nev­er recov­er from.

  4. Communism Is BAD

    Someone’s trig­gered

    • How orig­i­nal. Must have had to real­ly put on your think­ing cap to come up with such a wit­ty, urbane com­ment. The Bard, him­self, has noth­in’ on ol’ Com­mu­nism is Bad, here: tru­ly, the voice of his generation.

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