The Sun Goes Down

Album: Thunder And Lightning (1983)
Charted: 52


  • Introducing this at the Regal Theatre, Hitchin in 1983, Phil Lynott said this is the only slow number on the new album - Thunder And Lightning - it is, he said, a deep, meaningful song.
  • Co-written with new boy Darren Wharton, this would be the band's last ever single, and is one of Lynott's finest compositions. Released on the Vertigo label August 6, 1983 in both 7 inch and 12 inch formats, it was backed by "Baby Please Don't Go". Running to a full 6 minutes 19 seconds - surprisingly long for a single - it was produced by the band and Chris Tsangarides. In keeping with the spirit of the track, it features some fine, subdued guitar rather than the customary twin lead manic soloing. The single reached only 52 in the UK charts.
  • "The Sun Goes Down" is one of those songs that is open to a myriad interpretations, but undoubtedly Lynott's own inner demons played a part in it. Less than three years later, he would be dead. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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  • Sandra Batty from AberdeenshireI just love the song the sun goes down,Phil lynott died too young
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