You Must Be Evil

Album: The Road To Hell (1989)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song follows the title track on Chris Rea's album Road To Hell, which is about a day in the life of a typical working stiff in England. "You Must Be Evil" finds him coming home after enduring yet another traffic jam to discover his daughter watching the news on TV, which has made her distraught.
  • The song is a commentary on the news media, which Rea felt was overly sensational and crafted to appeal to our base instincts. In the months leading up to the album, he watched a lot of TV news, which he realized was bad for his emotional and mental health. It was even worse for his six-year-old daughter, who was terrified after seeing a man set on fire during a broadcast.

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