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Radio XXXIXL, side A, track 7: “Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)” by Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze - Raising Heaven in Hell TonightOh, Patrick Swayze, I’ve never seen “Road House”.  I know, I know.  Shame on me.  I’ve heard amazing things about it, but I’ve just never gotten around to it.  The funny thing is, more people are shocked to hear that I’ve never seen “Road House” than that I’ve never read anything by Faulkner.  More people are kind of appalled that I’ve only seen “Sixteen Candles” once and don’t really remember it than that I’ve never read Kafka.  Which is all right, because I’m not smart enough to understand Faulkner and Kafka anyway.  I actually did try to read “The Sound And The Fury” once, but I gave up after about five pages.  Maybe some day.  After I watch “Road House”.

So yeah.  I haven’t seen it.  Yet.  And no one has been more appalled by this than my sweet wife.  Who apparently watched it multiple times as a young child.  Which is a little troubling in itself, Patrick Swayze, since I understand that there’s quite a bit of R-rated sex and violence in it.  And which also might explain a lot about my wife. . .

But I digress.  The only reason I mention “Road House” at all is that this is apparently from the soundtrack for it.  And is sung by you.  Which is a pretty amazing thing.  This isn’t the first song by you that we’ve been blessed with on this humble blog, but it’s definitely the more ambitious of the two.  “She’s Like The Wind” was great and all, but this song strives to be an update of Dante’s “Inferno”, all crammed into 4 minutes of late-’80s pop radio.  You don’t see too many actors attempting that.  And if it were anyone else attempting it, Patrick Swayze, I’d probably ridicule them to no end.  But I’ve just got such a soft spot for you.  Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s guilt for not appreciating you more while you were still with us, but I just can’t quit you, Patrick Swayze.

P.S. (that stands for Patrick Swayze). . .ooo, I’m gonna try to start incorporating that in letters and emails.  Instead of saying P.S., I’m going to start writing “Patrick Swayze”.  Kinda like that thing I tried with Peter Cetera.

Anyway, Patrick Swayze, one last thing.  I don’t know if anyone has written a biography about you yet, but if they haven’t, I hope they title it “Love, Thunder, And Dynamite”.  Because that needs to happen.

“Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)”

It’s gettin’ late in the evening, it’s time now for dreeeeaming

A candle is burning and tables are tuuurnin’, yeah

The shadows of darkness will faaade in the paaale moonliiight

And when we get together as one
It’ll beee all right

Don’t talk of destiny

Don’t tell me whatever will be will beee

‘Cause you’re gonna see

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tanight

(A oh a oh)

Fill the shadows with tender light

(A oh a oh)

Raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

In midnight’s dreeeeam

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

(A oh a oh)

Love, thunder, and dynamite

(A oh a oh)

Take my hand and hold on tight

In midnight’s dreeeeeam
We’ll see the joker, the juggler, the jailer, the refugeeees

We’ll hear the rich man, the poor man, the beggar
Down on his kneeees

We’ll see the hungry, the stranded, the poor empty-handed ooones

And I’ll hold you
Iiin my aaarms forever
‘Til kingdom comes

Don’t talk of destiny

Don’t tell me whatever will be will beee

‘Cause you’re gonna see

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

(A oh a oh)

Fill the shadows with tender light

(A oh a oh)

Raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

In midnight’s dreeeeam

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

(A oh a oh)

Love, thunder, and dynamite

(A oh a oh)

Take my hand and hold on tight

In midnight’s dreeeeeam

As the years roll by

And the mem’ries fly

And the sun goes dooown toniiight

I will take your hand

We will make our stand toniiight

Toniight

(A oh a oh)

(A oh a oh)

Toniiiight

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tanight

(A oh a oh)

Fill the shadows with tender light

(A oh a oh)

Raisin’ heaven in hell tanight

In midnight’s dreeeeam

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

(A oh a oh)

Love, thunder, and dynamite

(A oh a oh)

Take my hand and hold on tight

In midnight’s dreeeeeeeeeam

We’ll be raisin’ heaven in hell tonight

(A oh a oh)

Fill the shadows with tender light

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