Leo Sayer – Moonlighting

An unlikely pop star, Leo Sayer is now regarded as a bit of a loveable joke. Which is a shame really because he’s written, and performed, some great songs.

This is my favourite of his. A short story about a young couple eloping to Gretna Green, it’s full of some lovely detail that brilliantly captures the young lovers’ anguish and excitement about running away from home. It’s a very generous and warm-hearted song that has us firmly on their side.

What I really like about it though is its utter Englishness – e.g. sat in a motorway cafe, spraying the van, turning off the M6 and the exoticness of French cigarettes. It all seems rather quaint and distant now and yet it remains a moving tribute to the power of young love. I hope they made it.

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2 Responses to Leo Sayer – Moonlighting

  1. Huw Sayer says:

    Excellent track – (best listened to rather than watching the video – the hair is enough to put you off) – seem to recall the lyrics on some of his other songs were equally good (such as Orchard Road if I remember correctly).

  2. Huw Sayer says:

    Here we go – http://youtu.be/y-61PxOizyI not a great recording but a more natural performance than the old TOTP video.

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