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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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. 
This was overplayed to death in it's time - nice to hear it now and again.

Thanks RP ;-)
I enjoy chris rea love the slide guitar ! just wish could get something diff played but love me some chris rea!
 TerryS wrote:

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

 
Thank G-d you're immune to The Donald's charm for that leaves you free to bring us the light, eh Lucifer.
 A_Radio_Head wrote:

This bit has gone on waaay too long!! Now it's just getting plain scary {#Stop}

 
I love all these crazy moving emojis. I only use my cell, where do i go to download them??
 joempie wrote:
House wife music on RP?
Hey, if you dont like it, dont pass judgement. I listen to this station because it's different from everything i listen to. Nothing like expanding your horizons
 


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Here's your road to Hell:

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

 
Hoodwinked millions, you really can fool a lot of the people all of the time.
Chris diarrhea 
 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!).

 
Pretty damn well written, 2020sk.  Agree or disagree, you get props for an excellent, logical defense.  Enjoy your Wednesday
House wife music on RP?

Middlesbrough: 1

Isle of Man: 0


 SuperWeh wrote:

How about judging a song on its own merits regardless of whether it fits into what is acceptable in your little subculture?

 
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!).
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Here's your road to Hell:

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

 
Perhaps a road to hell but if you're a Bernie supporter, you're on the road to serfdom.  (They should write a book with that title . . . err . . already have.  Bernie supporters should read it!)
Sounds like Dire Straits on a bad day. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
 2020sk wrote:
I must say I'm a little shocked to hear this here. I suppose his Christmas dirge could be worse, or something off Tina Turner's greatest hits, but I can only imagine this holds some nostalgic sway over our dear DJs. Bless you both, by the way, but I'm off for something a little less mainstream and corny for a while. 

 
How about judging a song on its own merits regardless of whether it fits into what is acceptable in your little subculture?


I must say I'm a little shocked to hear this here. I suppose his Christmas dirge could be worse, or something off Tina Turner's greatest hits, but I can only imagine this holds some nostalgic sway over our dear DJs. Bless you both, by the way, but I'm off for something a little less mainstream and corny for a while. 
 justin4kick wrote:

I find him most entertaining. One of America's best comedians.

 
This bit has gone on waaay too long!! Now it's just getting plain scary {#Stop}
I am sitting on top of a faultline
  But I ain't fear no afterchoke.
 j1sey wrote:
this is excellent.  Thanks RP.  {#Drummer} {#Bananajam}

 

LOVE IT every time I hear it!!!!  If this is the Road to Hell, I want to be on it.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Here's your road to Hell:

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

 
I find him most entertaining. One of America's best comedians.


 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I'm not saying "never" to Chris Rea, but this is as ho-hum as it's possible to imagine.

 
You´ve never heard this, on vinyl, on good hifi then obviously, if you had you´d be f....g gobsmacked...

But actually don´t need that, it´s excellent anyway!!!
Here's your road to Hell:

http://abastomedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/donald-trump.jpg
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I'm not saying "never" to Chris Rea, but this is as ho-hum as it's possible to imagine.

 
Really?
As an older student, quitting my job to go back to school for a PhD on economics...spending countless hours on abstract math: doing proofs for quasi-concavity and trying to figure out bordered Hessian matrices of 2nd degree partial derivatives.

And hearing this song over and over.

Yes people...Hell does exist!  
this is excellent.  Thanks RP.  {#Drummer} {#Bananajam}
I'm not saying "never" to Chris Rea, but this is as ho-hum as it's possible to imagine.
What a pleasant surprise to turn on RP just now and hear one of my 10-rated songs right off the bat.

For an added layer of enjoyment, watch the official video. It captures the desperate message in the song very well. 
 TerryS wrote:
Earlier this year in the rain I drove over Lake Pontchartrain, the longest cement turd in the world. Chris Rea must have had it in mind..

 

Rode that on a loaded touring bicycle.  OMG. 
Me likey like! Very much!
{#Drool} 
Earlier this year in the rain I drove over Lake Pontchartrain, the longest cement turd in the world. Chris Rea must have had it in mind..
This just reminds me of my commute in France. Not only a shitty drive, but this song was played a lot on the two or three radio stations I could stand to listen to. One of those even had a station ID in between EVERY. SONG. 
 msymmes wrote:
Dire Cohen ?

 
Hahaha! Spot on!
gotta go to Amazon if you want this one... just a tribute on ITunes {#Wall}