Apparently, this Phil Lynott solo composition was first recorded way back in 1978 and played once by Thin Lizzy, at the 1983 Reading Festival. Aficionados
will appreciate that it is not really a Thin Lizzy song, which is why it was obviously never part of their set. In 1983, Phil played a solo tour of Sweden with Lizzy drummer Brian Downey, and this was recorded in Avesta on August 6. It was not released until 2001. Running to 6 minutes 25 seconds and featuring some blistering blues guitar from John Sykes, it is difficult to credit that it was written 5 years previously, as like "Sugar Blues" it is, or appears to be startlingly autobiographical and indeed prophetic, as less than three years later, Phil was indeed a prematurely aged blues singer dead at 36.
Alexander Baron - London, England