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"Radar Love" by Golden Earring (Moontan, 1973)

Speedin' Into a New Sunrise: Digital Art by Shawn Michel de Montaigne





Radar Love

Golden Earring





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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



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The greatest nighttime driving song ever written,

and one of the greatest driving songs, period.

I can't believe it's been 50 years since its release.


As I trained as a young boy,

swimming those endless miles,

this was one of the songs that kept me moving,

kept me company.

I didn't have a walkman on, no.

(How you'd do that as a swimmer I don't know.

The tech exists, I'm sure,

but I've been out of the water long enough

not to know.)

I had my memory, that was it.

That was enough.


I love songs that tell stories like this one.

Though the language is sparse here,

the story is rich and full of imagery,

a slice of life that both walks into the heroic

while maintaining an anchor to the mundane.

How many times have you sped down a dark country highway

feeling the ghosts of civilization fly by you

in the form of lights, like constellations

to your freest dreams,

the stereo thumping out your pulse into the engine,

down to the tires?


Radar love, baby.





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Digital Art: Speedin' Into a New Sunrise by yours truly





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