♫ Lightnin’ Strikes ♫

I seem to be stuck in 1966 this week!  This one was released as a single on Christmas day 1965, and on February 19, 1966, it hit the top of the pop charts.  The song was co-written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert, who was at least 20 years older than Christie and came from a classical music background.  Said Christie in a 20015 interview …

“And they didn’t even like it!  Lenny Shear threw it in the wastebasket and said it was a piece of crap! So we put up our own money to get it played around the country, and it started taking off once it got played. Three months later, Lenny was taking a picture with me for Billboard magazine, handing me a gold record. I loved that.”

Ralph Casale, who was one of the top New York session musicians in the ’60s, played guitar on this song. When we interviewed Ralph, he told us how he came up with the solo. Said Casale …

“I was asked by producer/arranger Charlie Calello to play the six string bass guitar which sometimes doubles the same line the bass plays. When the track was being played back without vocals I started jokingly improvising a solo on the bass guitar with a fuzz box. I didn’t know what the song was about but Charlie obviously did. He stopped the playback and said ‘I love it!’ I laughed, and asked if he was joking. He excitedly replied, ‘I’ll tell you where to play it!’ After recording it and listening to the entire song I realized why he included my solo. It actually sounded like thunder and fit in nicely with the entire recording. That’s how the solo in Lightnin’ Strikes was born!”

The song hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada, and #11 in the UK

Lightnin’ Strikes
Song by Lou Christie

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

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 (ma-me-aah, ooh)
Believe it or not, you’re in my heart all the time (ma-me-aah, ooh)
All the girls are sayin’ that you’ll end up a fool (ma-me-aah, ooh)
For the time being, baby, live by my rules (ma-me-aah, ooh)

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

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lou Christie / Twyla Herbert
Lightnin’ Strikes lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Lightnin’ Strikes ♫

Tonight I am taking you guys waaaaaaaay back, back to a time many of you weren’t even so much as a twinkle in your daddy’s eye!  The year was 1965, the artist was Lou Christie.  The song was released as a single on Christmas day 1965, and on February 19, 1966, it hit the top of the pop charts.  Says Christie …

“And they didn’t even like it! Lenny Shear threw it in the wastebasket and said it was a piece of crap! So we put up our own money to get it played around the country, and it started taking off once it got played. Three months later, Lenny was taking a picture with me for Billboard magazine, handing me a gold record. I loved that.”

The song was co-written by Christie and Twyla Herbert, who was at least 20 years older than Christie and came from a classical music background.

Now, I like the beat and the music, but I find the lyrics a bit misogynistic … he’s saying that he’s not ready to settle down, still playing the field, but he expects her to be a good girl and just sit twiddling her thumbs and wait for him to sow his wild oats.  Um … double standard, Lou?  Well, it was 1965, and we have come a long way since then … haven’t we?  Um … well, yeah, perhaps not so much.  Anyway, just listen … it’s good music.

Lightnin’ Strikes
Lou Christie

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

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 (ma-me-aah, ooh)
Believe it or not, you’re in my heart all the time (ma-me-aah, ooh)
All the girls are sayin’ that you’ll end up a fool (ma-me-aah, ooh)
For the time being, baby, live by my rules (ma-me-aah, ooh)

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

Songwriters: Lou Christie / Twyla Herbert
Lightnin’ Strikes lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC