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Golden Earring - Radar Love




Golden Earring’s "Radar Love" is one of rock music’s enduring anthems. According to Rustyn Rose at Metaholic, the song "is a rock masterpiece, from its hooky chugging bassline, to its simple but unmistakable riffs, to its catchy anthemesque chorus. Even the jam which rides the song out is note for note classic".


The song is written from the point of view of a car or truck driver who says he has some sort of psychic relationship with his girlfriend - "radar love". He has sensed that she urgently wants him to be with her, which makes him reckless.


Like other famous songs of the era ("Stairway to Heaven", "Aqualung", "Bohemian Rhapsody"), "Radar Love" is composed as a suite with several distinctive and quite different sections (although the tonality remains pretty much the same).





Lyrics


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





Songwriters: Barry Hay / George Kooymans

Radar Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC