Radio 56, side A, track 9: “The Flame” by Cheap Trick, #8 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Cheap Trick - The FlameOh, Cheap Trick, it had only been a year before when this song rolled in at #6 on the Top 88 of ’88, and here you were again at almost the exact same location.  This is the part of any countdown where things can get contentious, especially when you’re looking at a decade’s worth of music.  And with only 8 slots left on this thing, I’m sure there might be some who would say “The Flame” was by no means one of the top 10 songs of the ’80s.  I would not be one of those people, Cheap Trick.  If this had made it to #1, maybe I would have raised an eyebrow.  Just one, though.  Because even though I’ve heard this song a million times and recorded it off the radio almost as many times, I never tire of it.  It’s one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.  I’m immediately a love-sick teenager again every time this song starts playing.  Which isn’t necessarily a good thing, love-sick teenagers being incapable of getting anything done besides writing in their journal and listening to (awesome) music real loud in their bedrooms.  But the benefit of approaching middle age is that I’m only a love-sick teen for about five minutes, then it’s back to cleaning litter boxes, washing dishes and taking out the garbage.  Because shit needs to get done.  And scooped.  Adulthood doesn’t afford the luxury of letting a song as wonderful as this keeping you in bed for days at a time.  Not that it ever did when I was a kid, what with living on a farm and having to feed cows twice a day every day for eternity, but if given the opportunity to curl up in a fetal position and listen to nothing but this song for a week and a half, totally would have done that, Cheap Trick.  But I couldn’t then and I can’t now.  So I’m just going to enjoy our brief time together once again and just be grateful that you made one of the best songs ever.

“The Flame”

<awesome Cheap Trick jam>

Another night slowly closes in

And I feel so

Lonely

Touchin’ heat freezing on my skin
I pretend you still hold me

I’m goin’ crazy
I’m losin’ sleep

I’m in too far, I’m in way too deep
Over yoooou

I can’t believe you’re gooone

You were the first, you’ll be the last

Wherever you go
I’ll be with you

Whatever you want
I’ll give it to you

Whenever you need someone
To lay your heart and head upon

Remember, after the fire
After all the rain

I will be the flaaaaaaaaame

I will be the flaaaaaaaaaaame

Watchin’ shadows move across the wall

Feels so

Frightenin’

I wanna run ta you, I wanna call, but I’ve been hit by

Lightning

Just can’t stand up
For fallin’ apart

Can’t see through this veil across my heart, over yooooou
You’ll always be the ooone

You were the first, you’ll be the last

Wherever you go
I’ll be with you

Whatever you want
I’ll give it to you

Whenever you need someone
To lay your heart and head upon

Remember, after the fire
After all the rain
I will be the flaaaaaaame

I will be the flaaaaaaaame

<awesome Cheap Trick jam>

I’m goin’ crazy
I’m losin’ sleep

I’m in too far
I’m in way too deep
Over yoooou
You’ll always be the ooone

You were the first, you’ll be the last

Wherever you go
I’ll be with you

Whatever you want
I’ll give it to you

Whenever you need someone
To lay your heart and head upon

Remember, after the fire
After all the rain
I will be the flaaaame
I will be the flaaaaaaaaaaame

Whatever you want
I’ll give it to you

Wherever you go
I’ll be with you

And whatever you want
I’ll give it to you

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