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I'd Really Love To See You Tonight


England Dan & John Ford Coley

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The 1970's were the peak time for this duo, and this was their biggest hit. A man wants to see his former love again, even though it won't be for anything long-term. Even though the lyrics are a proposal for a one-night-stand, the song remains a Soft Rock favorite, as it takes a keen listen to get the message. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
England Dan is Dan Seals, who had a series of Country hits after he stopped performing with Coley in 1980. His older brother Jim was the Seals of Seals & Crofts, who had the hit "Summer Breeze."
Seals and Coley met in high school. This was their first single, and they followed it up with several other light favorites, including "Nights Are Forever Without You" and "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again."
This was written by a Mississippi songwriter named Parker McGee, who also wrote "Nights Are Forever Without You."
When "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" was played to an executive at Atlantic Records, he turned it down. However Doug Morris of Big Tree Records heard the song through the wall of his over-joining office and offered the duo a contract.
One of the great misheard lyrics appears in this song: "I'm not talking about movin' in" is often heard as "I'm not talking about the linen."
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Comments (16):

He's definitely not talking about the linen, but I don't want to change your mind.
- Paul, Gold Coast, Australia
As a kid, I really liked this song, but as an adult, I love this new, heartfelt version. And yes, for decades I have wondered what in the world the duo were saying. It still sounds to me like "Ba-Lidian," which is not even a word. "Movin' in" = two syllables, what they sing = 4 syllables. I still wonder what they were really saying (they were NOT singing "Movin' In" at the time. My living in? My leadin' in? My movin' in? Bolivian? I wish John Ford Coley would chime in.
- michael, torrance, CA
Karen, when I head this, on the mono AM radio in my car, I always thought it was "millennium" too. I took that as meaning a metaphorical thousand years, a long lasting relationship. So I wasn't that far off.

This song came out shortly after I broke up with my First Love. It was never going to work out, we amplified each others worst traits, and the smartest thing we ever did was we both realized that and broke it off before we did too much damage to each other. But every time this song came on I couldn't help but think "Just one more night."
- Sarx, Tucson, AZ
I heard this on the radio on my ride home tonight and had to find out if it was "I'm not talking about the linen" or "Im not talking about belitlin" so, now I know. Now, how come nobody mentions that "there's a warm wind blowing the stars around"?
- Lalah, Wasilla, AK
I used to think that the line was, "I'm not talking about the millennium"...yeah, like THAT makes more sense... :)
- Karen, Manchester, NH
I alway that he was saying "I'm not talkin bout linen" too.
- Joyce, Houston, TX
This is one of my fiance and I favorite songs to hear on the radio in the summer with the cool breezes blowing and the windows down, absolutely love this song!!!
- sheryl, kennewick, WA
It is definitely the following: I'm not talkin' 'bout movin' in .
- Michael, Washington Township, OH
Always sounded to me like ". . . not talkin' 'bout meridian", but that's just crazy.
Actually what always irritated the heck out of me was the line "I won't ask for promises, so you don't have to lie". I mean, here is this guy giving a line of b.s. to get this gal in the sack, and he's telling HER that HE won't ask for promises so that SHE doesn't "have to lie" as if she's the one who is so all fired anxious to get him in the sack that she's likely to say just about anything he wants to hear. I know it's just "pop" and it doesn't have to make perfect sense, but it's just always struck me as something only an arrogant jerk would say.
- xavier, Troutdale, AL
I just saw John Ford Coley at a local wine festival in Maysville KY. He put on a really good show and he mentioned the misheard lyrics. He went on to emphasize the words "movin' in" Pretty good stuff.
- Joe, Fort Mitchell, KY
John Ford Coley played the stepfather of Meredith Salenger in the 1989 movie dream a little dream starring Corey Feldman & Corey Haim.
- Tom, Lafayette, GA
To me, the "linen" line means that he doesn'twant to settle down with her. The word "linen" has connotations of home and domesticity.
- Carrie, Roanoke, VA
It absolutely sounds like I'm not talking about the linen and despite this saying no, I believe it is. It makes perfect sense. Sheets are linen. I'm not talking about hitting the sheets. Not talking about sleeping together and I don't want to change your life. Great song with linen. I don't hear movin' in at all.
- Dana, Orland Park, IL
It sure sounds like it's :I'm not talking about the linen", but that doesn't make any sense.
- Steven, Gibsonia , PA
>"England Dan is Dan Seals, who had a series of Country hits after he stopped performing with Coley in 1980. His older brother Jim was the Seals of Seals And Crofts, who had the hit "Summer Breeze.""

i didn't know! wow.
as for the song--it's a classic. love and affection that's gentle, unobtrusive.
- joycemorrison, PH, -
I was 14 when this song was popular, and for the life of me, I didn't know he was singing "I'm not talkin 'bout movin' in . . . " It always sounded to me like "I'm not talkin' bout the linen . . . " Didn't know why he would be singing about linen, but I just didn't hear "movin in."
- kevin, Reading , PA
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