Chris Rea — Road to Hell
Album: Road to Hell
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Released: 1986
Length: 4:12
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Well I'm standing by the river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell
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 2020sk wrote:

OK, let's try to find some merits.
I gave the song another listen, but in my judgment, the plodding, unimaginative drumming, the self-indulgent, interminable guitar screeching, the dreadful rhyming, the conceit behind the whole lyric, the clearly "cashing-in-on-the-Dire-Straits-craze" production that belies the tune's age, and (incidentally, perhaps, but relevantly, in my meek opinion) the amount of airplay - totally unjustified in my view - that this song got at the time of release and still continues to enjoy on commercial radio (while so much quality is mournfully neglected) are the reasons why I give this song a 1, and why I, rightly or wrongly, though it's a prerogative I defend, group it with other unimaginative and worn-out artists like Tina Turner, and yes, I unwillingly accept such artists into my own little subculture, and I'm not afraid to say so. Perhaps another factor that compounds my disappointment is hearing the same song again today! When it comes to Chris Rea, only his Christmas ditty gets me more fuming!
The worst part of this tune is his repeating "this is the road" towards the very end of the lyric. It's not the fact that he does it, but the way he manages to remove all trace of emotion from his delivery. I wish Chris Rea and his fans long and happy lives, by the way, I just cannot abide the commercial stuff he made (in case you hadn't already guessed!).

 
I could accept your "cashing-in-on-the-Dire-Straits-craze" if Chris hadn't beaten Dire Straits to the airwaves {#Eek}
Listen to some Chris Rea albums and you will see that he cashes in on nothing but his own originality. But what do I know? I've been listening to him avidly since early 1978 {#Cheesygrin}

Check out his new album "Road Songs For Lovers" (first studio album in 6 years, and first since his stroke). Damn fine.
It's hard to get past the "I heard this a million times before" issue. Once you do, it's a solidly good and enjoyable song. It would be much improved if both parts were included here on RP, rather than just the FM-friendly second part. That would be more "RP" IMHO. Famously (in the UK at least) inspired by the unmoving traffic he was caught in on the M4 motorway.
I don't know why this came to me, but this song reminds me of True Detective theme from the Handsome Family.  I would play these two songs back to back.  Similar mood.  This is a great song.
what a nice song )
Not just for the US:

"You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well "
isn't he the new FBI director?
USA's Theme Song these days...
 haretic wrote:

(lyrics)


 
Thanks for the correction on the lyrics.
He is channelling Leonard
 

"The Road To Hell (Part II)"
Well I'm standing by the river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell

 TerryS wrote:
Hoodwinked millions, you really can fool a lot of the people all of the time.
 
 TerryS wrote:

Hoodwinked millions, you really can fool a lot of the people all of the time.
otis_of_moab wrote:

Look where this country is and has been going and I'll tell you who the hoodwinked are.  You're likely one of them.

 

This isn't a political forum.  Take your unsolicited, uninformed opinions and stick them where the sun doesn't shine.



 
Good on you, Otis, good on you.
Like Leonard Cohen exuding less existential angst and imbibing more Red Bull. 
Already a 10 - another song that gets better with age.
The singer sounds like a bad ass on this song, but believe it or not, he has done some sentimental stuff: "Fool if you think its over".  
No comment needed. After more than 25 years it still strikes a nerve dead center.
-Pete
 
 TerryS wrote:

Hoodwinked millions, you really can fool a lot of the people all of the time.

 
Look where this country is and has been going and I'll tell you who the hoodwinked are.  You're likely one of them.

 

This isn't a political forum.  Take your unsolicited, uninformed opinions and stick them where the sun doesn't shine.


 kcar wrote:

I'd take a crap on Douchebag Don's head but I see that someone's beaten me to the punch...

Oh, and yes: great tune. Knopfleresque guitar mastery. 

 
I must LOL, when I see this. My view is one of the majority Germans see this obnoxious human like? creature

But the music is not comparable to this. Therefore picture and comment doesn't fit
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Here's your road to Hell:

http://abastomedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/donald-trump.jpg

 
I'd take a crap on Douchebag Don's head but I see that someone's beaten me to the punch...

Oh, and yes: great tune. Knopfleresque guitar mastery.