Friday, January 2, 2009
THIN LIZZY: "Dear Lord"
"Dear Lord, take the time/I believed your story, now you believe mine."
Those words are the plea of a desperate man, and that is just what Phil Lynott was during his final years. I write about Lynott yet again on the pages of Burning Wood because I miss the man. On Sunday, January 4th, Phil Lynott will be dead 23 years, after finally losing his battle not only with drug and alcohol abuse, but against the demons that ultimately put him in that dark place.
The unfortunate label of "one hit wonder" has been slapped on Thin Lizzy's page in the history books, thanks to the anthemic single "The Boys Are Back In Town." But Phil Lynott was a poet first, and a singer whose aching delivery would make songs about Irish street gangs, kinky sex, and life in the fast lane all sound so personal. He lived every word.
Success eluded this great band in the states. Lizzy had a loyal following though, and this allowed Lynott to have some minor success as a solo artist. But drinking and drug abuse started to take its toll and cancellations were plenty on their 1981 tour of the USA. It all ended in 1983.
"Dear Lord" is a song from Thin Lizzy's 1977 release "Bad Reputation," their last record to land in the Top 40 in America. A beautiful melody, the patented Lizzy guitar sound, and the almost uncomfortably personal lyrics of Phil Lynott make this an overlooked gem.
Listen to "Dear Lord" HERE