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The #5 most viewed post on the MTM 7 Countdown: Radio X, side B, track 2: “Red Red Wine” by UB40

I wrote this one nearly 4 years ago, and it’s slowly become one of the most popular posts on this blog.  I would like to chalk it up to my incredible writing skills, but the more logical answer is that this song is awesome and I just came along for the ride.


UB40 Red Red WineOh, UB40, I didn’t know anything about red, red wine.  My Catholic friends got to drink it for Communion, but at my church, I couldn’t take Communion unless I had confessed my faith before God and the Elders, plus Communion was only once a quarter, and even then, the church members didn’t get to have any wine.  They only got grape juice.  So unlike the stories I heard from said Catholic friends, even if I broke in to where they kept the Communion stuff at my church, the only thing I was sure to get was a stronger immune system for drinking plenty of vitamin C.  It wasn’t until much later that I learned the joys and pitfalls of that sweet red wine you were singing about.  I learned the joys and pitfalls of many types of alcohol, actually, UB40.  When I was a kid, I thought drunk was drunk, but I became something of a connoisseur during my college days.  Whiskey made me mean.  Southern Comfort made me sick as hell.  Beer just made me really stupid and want to steal things.  But that red, red wine (but not white wine, blech), that just made me mellow and sleepy.  It didn’t necessarily help me forget whoever had broken my heart at that particular moment, but at least I didn’t care as long as I was drinking it.  And I used to drink it by the jug, so I could not care for hours at a time.

“Red Red Wine”

Red, red wine

Goes to my head

Makes me forget that I

Still need her so

Red, red wine

It’s up to you

All I can do I’ve done

Memories won’t go

Memories won’t go

I’d have sworn

That with time

Thoughts of you would leave my head

I was wrong

Now I find

Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine

Stay close to me

Don’t let me be alone

It’s tearin’ apart

My blue, blue heart

I’d have sworn

That with time

Thoughts of you would leave my head

I was wrong

Now I find

Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine

Stay close to me

Don’t let me be alone

It’s tearin’ apart

My blue, blue heart

Red red wine, ya make me fee so fine
You keep me rockin’
All of the time
Red red wine, you make me fee so grand
I feel a million dollar when you’re just in my hand
Red red wine, ya make me fee so sad
Any time I see you go it make me feel bad
Red red wine, ya make me fee so fine
Monkey pack him Rizla pon the sweet Dep line
(Red red wine…)
Red red wine, you give me whole heap’a zing
Whole heap’a zing, ya make me do my own ting
(It’s up to you…)
Red red wine, you really know how fi love
Your kind’a lovin’ like a blessin’ from above
Red red wine, I love you right from the start
Right from the start
With all’a my heart
Red red wine in an eighties style
Red red wine in a modern beat style
Yeah

(I’d have sworn…)
Gimme little time, help me clear up my mind
(That with time…)
Gimme little time, help me clear up my mind
(Thoughts of you would leave my head…)
Gimme red wine, the kind make me feel fine
Ya make me feel fine all’a the time
Red red wine, you make me fee so fine
Monkey pack him Rizla ‘pon the sweet Dep line
The line broke
The monkey get choke
Burn bad ganja ‘pon his little rowin’ boat
(Red red wine…)
Red red wine, I’m gonna hold on ta you
Hold on ta you ’cause I know your love true
(Stay close to me…)
Red red wine, I’m gonna love you ’til I die,
Love you ’til I die
And that’s no lie
(Don’t let me be alone…)
Red red wine, can’t get you off my mind
Wherever you may be
(It’s tearin’ apart…)
I’ll surely find

I’ll surely find

Make no fuss, just stick with us
(my blue, blue heart…)

(I’d have sworn…)
Gimme little time, help me clear up my mind
(That with time…)
Gimme little time, help me clear up my mind
(Thoughts of you would leave my head…)
Gimme red wine, the kind make me feel fine
You make me feel fine
All of the time
Red red wine, you make me fee so fine
Monkey pack him Rizla ‘pon the sweet Dep line
The line broke
The monkey get choke
Burn bad ganja ‘pon his little rowin’ boat
(Red red wine…)
Red red wine, you really know how fi love
Your kind’a lovin’ like a blessing from above
(Stay close to me…)
Red red wine, I love you right from the start,
Right from the start
With all of my heart
(Don’t let me be alone…)
Red red wine, you give me whole heap’a zing
Whole heap’a zing, make me do my own ting
Red red wine in an eighties style
Red red wine in a modern beat style
Yeah

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