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The Chris De Burgh Song of the Day/Week

With a little luck I will have the time to keep changing this on a regular basis. Every so often I will highlight a specific CdeB song, and along with the lyrics, write why I think the song is so special, and what it means to me.

The current song is:

Windy Night

When I first heard this song, I had to laugh. I had heard most of CdeB's later efforts and most of the songs on this, his first album, were quite amusing. The inflections he puts in his voice when he says "lays down a belt of rain" made me assume this was a silly little song. However, as the song progressed, I was surprised to hear how wonderful this song is, especially its incredibly beautiful chorus.

The lyrics themselves, speaking of death and angels, bring up chilling images in the mind, reminding me of an old British war film that I can't place. The idea of this soldier, wounded and frightened, being calmed by a small child is somewhat magical. But overall, it's the sound that gives this song its power. You can just close your eyes and lose yourself.

When the angry sky, opens up its mouth,
And lays down a belt of rain from the north to the south;
Close your windows and close all your doors,
And pray for those men who fall upon rocky shores.

And when the hungry road, points its finger at your heart,
And says "Stranger follow me, I will show you where to start;"
Well don't make a move, to the left or the right, or them
Hounds are gonna get you, send you running, screaming through
The stormy night.

And one windy night, a flickering light, caught the eye of
A passing angel as she was in flight; she came to the
Door, and there she saw a young soldier crying, as he
Lay dying from a wound of war.

Then the angel of the Lord, took the form of a girl,
And knelt by the boy and said "I will help you to that other world
Oh rest your weary soul, lay your head upon my shoulder,
Press your trembling hand in mine until this night is over,
For that Devil wants you, but you are a soldier, and with a
Friend by your side there's no need to hide until the fight is over..."
Na na na na oh Lord on this windy night
Na na na na oh Lord on this windy night.

So if you need help, on a windy night, be sure to leave a
Candle burning so a friend can see the light; there may be a
Stranger come looking for you, and it may be an angel of the
Lord come to bring you better news;
On a windy night...
Na na na na oh Lord on this windy night...
Oh hear me, hear me Lord, oh Lord on my windy night...
Oh Hear me Lord, oh Lord on my windy night.