Honesty Is No Excuse

Album: Thin Lizzy (1971)


  • Running to 3 minutes 34 seconds, this early Phil Lynott composition, the second track from the eponymous 1971 Thin Lizzy album, is a song of regret, although Lynott - who was born in 1949 - was not yet old enough to have most of the regrets we all pick up over the course of a lifetime, in love or out. Although Thin Lizzy recorded quite a few ballads, this appears to be the odd one out; with subdued guitar by original axeman Eric Bell, it is dominated by the mellotron of Ivor Raymonde, who co-wrote "I Only Want To Be With You" for Dusty Springfield. The mellotron is a nice touch here and makes the song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Into The Great Wide Open: Made-up MusiciansSong Writing

Eddie (played by Johnny Depp in the video) found fame fleeting, but Chuck Berry's made-up musician fared better.

P.F. SloanSongwriter Interviews

P.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Jimmy WebbSongwriter Interviews

Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."

Brandi CarlileSongwriter Interviews

As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.