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Album: Double VisionReleased: 1978Charted:
This sinister-sounding song takes us inside the head of a guy who can't sleep and is desperately pleading with his girl, trying to keep her from leaving. The song was written by Foreigner's songwriting team of lead singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones.
In our interview with Gramm
, he said: "It talks about a young musician that's burning the candle at both ends. He has a lot on his mind, and walks the street at night."
Blue is a versatile color for Lou Gramm, who uses it here as a metaphor for misery. He used the color in a different context on his 1987 solo hit "Midnight Blue
"; he also has a song on his 1989 solo album called "True Blue Love."
This was the third single from Foreigner's second album, Double Vision
, following "Hot Blooded
" and the title track
. Critical adulation eluded the band (witness their snub from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), but the group earned legions of fans around this time: each of their first four albums sold at least 5 million copies.