The Life Of Riley

Album: Cloudcuckooland (1992)
Charted: 28 98


  • This was written by chief Lightning Seed Ian Broudie about the birth of his son, Riley.
  • For many years this was the music that accompanied BBC Match of the Day's Goal of the Month.
  • The phrase "the life of Riley" meaning "to have a high old time, wallow in luxury, live it up, without much effort, have an easy life" is thought to come from a lyric in a 1919 song by Harry Pease with the title "My Name is Kelly." The song went "Faith and my name is Kelly, Michael Kelly/ But I'm living the life of Reilly just the same." In the 1940s there was a popular American radio situation comedy series titled in The Life of Riley, starring William Bendix. It was continued as a television series from 1949, originally with Jackie Gleason playing Bendix's role.
  • The song's title was used for the Lightning Seed's 2003 greatest hits collection, Life of Riley: The Lightning Seeds Collection.

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  • Bender from East West Virginia, VaMy daughter of 10 years old knows every word to this song.
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