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.