The Flame

Album: Lap Of Luxury (1988)
Charted: 77 1
  • Another night slowly closes in
    And I feel so lonely
    Touching heat freezing on my skin
    I pretend you still hold me
    I'm going crazy, I'm losing sleep
    I'm in too far, I'm in way too deep over you
    I can't believe you're gone
    You were the first, you'll be the last

    Wherever you go, I'll be with you
    Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
    Whenever you need someone
    To lay your heart and head upon
    Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
    I will be the flame
    I will be the flame

    Watching shadows move across the wall
    I feel so frightened
    I wanna run to you, I wanna call
    But I've been hit by lightning
    Just can't stand up for fallin' apart
    Can't see through this veil across my heart, over you
    You'll always be the one
    You were the first, you'll be the last

    Wherever you go, I'll be with you
    Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
    Whenever you need someone
    To lay your heart and head upon
    Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
    I will be the flame
    I will be the flame

    I'm going crazy, I'm losing sleep
    I'm in too far, I'm in way too deep over you
    You'll always be the one
    You were the first, you'll be the last

    Wherever you go, I'll be with you
    Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
    Whenever you need someone
    To lay your heart and head upon
    Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
    I will be the flame
    I will be the flame

    Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
    Wherever you go, I'll be with you
    And whatever you want, I'll give it to you Writer/s: NICK GRAHAM, BOB MITCHELL
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Left Body Kick from Middle Class UsaThis had to be cheap trick’s best song. It makes me think of my old girlfriend I was with her for six or seven years. Beautiful lady.
    Things didn’t end well but I still think about her all the time. She used to talk to me different, I never had anybody talk to me the way she did. I deal with all kinds of issues one of them is I can’t really sleep. But most of the time, I could sleep when I was with her.

    I feel bad because she wanted certain things and I didn’t want them ie, wasn’t ready for them and I couldn’t make her happy in that regard. I feel bad about that.

    We started fighting more and more, but I still wanted to be with her. I wanted to see her face. I told her one time when I’m on my deathbed I want her to be there so I can see her face one last time.

    “ you’ll be the first, you’ll be the last...”
    Good lyrics.

    I think that was the first lady I bared my soul to and opened up like never before. She’ll be the last also.

    I always loved her and always will.
    I just couldn’t go to that next level.

    I always think of her with this song.
  • Heavy D from Los Angeles I first heard this song as a kid in 1988 or 89 whenever I got released. Now as an adult, I get to experience what it really means - at least to me.

    "you'll be the first- you'll be the last."

    I was in a relationship with this girl for 7 years and we were madly in love. We never got married because I never wanted to. I don't want marriage. We broke up and got back together several times and now it's over for the final time.

    She talked to me different, she was different with me, I felt different around her. I look at the pictures of us together and I go back to those times cuz I miss them dearly.

    You can never go back, you can never go back to how things once were.

    But she was the first and she'll probably be the last.

    Now we got this damn virus. I still send her care packages
  • Evie from Kuci.orgI saw Cheap Trick in June 1991. I recall hearing this song. Bang Tango opened. Still love this song. Still love everything Cheap Trick does. Saw them two other times.
  • Bill from MadisonI don't know... been a fan of cheap trick since 79. I think I get their music. The flame was a great commercial rock ballad departure for them. Everyone was doing it back then, and I imagine the money was good. So why not? Brought cheap trick to a whole lot of new listeners, and robin Zander probably deserved the recognition of his singing and front man appeal by that point. It’s all good, open your minds and accept diversification. Oh... and pretty sure they do perform the flame in certain concert.
  • William from Reno, NvThis whole damned album is awesome. Not a bad song on it. NOT ONE. That's very rare.

    K/H D
  • Matthew from Taylor, MiI actually love this song.
  • Matthew from Taylor, MiOr maybe not....just listened to Spirit's song....yeah, there's a similar start, but nowhere near "note-for-note" like I had read on another site. Guess it's better to check things out on your own before posting something...lol!
  • Matthew from Taylor, MiThe opening to this song is lifted almost note-for-note from a song called "Nature's Way", done by the band Spirit, in 1970.
  • Sion from Tucson, AzIf anybody ever sees Cheap Trick in concert you will notice that they refuse to perform this song in concert.
  • Paul from Langley, BcMy girlfriend and I just broke up and this song realy tugs on my heart strings.
    The part "after the fire after all the rain. I will be the flame" reminds me of when her place caught on fire
    Because of the upstairs tenants. I was there for her literally in the rain as we and the neighborhood watched the place burn. She was my first love and no matter what I will always love her and be there for her.
    "your a strong and beautiful young women J I will always love you".
  • Dave from Rockford, IlDuring their 25th anniversary show in Rockford, CT lumped all the "Ballads" together. While they acknwoledge their popularity and connection, CT Rocks!!!! They know, and so do their fans.
  • Claude from Kingston, MaIt's a really good song, but it's a really bad Cheap Trick song. How's that for diplomacy. "She's Tight" and "Surrender" are really good Cheap Trick songs.
  • T from Tucson, Azafter seeing cheap trick live and seeing grown men and women with tears in thier eyes as they were performing the flame how can you say it's not a good song.Any song that can move a person to tears when performed lives has to be a goood song
  • Derek from Shrewsbury, Mathis is definatly not the worst cheap trick song its a balled about losing his first love even if you dont like the song you cant say its the worst it takes alot to perform something that comes from the heart and its really impolite to make fun of some ones feelings espetialy ones of love
  • Daryl from Stoke, EnglandIs there a 'worst' cheap trick song?
    And how is it ironic?
  • Debra from Lees Summit, MoI think this is a GREAT song. Definitely my favorite cheap trick ballad. And John -- that is dumb to not like the song just because you misunderstood the lyrics for so long.
  • Pillow from Milwaukee, WiShawn...why this for a wedding song?! Do you know the lyrics? This song is about him being lonely because his woman has moved on, but that he'll always wait for her and miss her. Kinda creepy and stalker-ish. It is a great song, no doubt, but I don't see it as a wedding song.
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesI never knew until today why this song is titled The Flame,because I never heard the word ;flame'mentioned in the whole song.I always thought he was singing about always being the SAME. I WILL BE THE SAME I WILL ALWAYS BE THE SHAME.So now I dislike this song.
  • Shawn from Jackson, MnThis is not Cheap Tricks worst song, My wife and I were married in 1988, and this was our song. We both still love this song even after 20 years.
  • Ed from Westport, CtThe comments from Scott, Susan and the other Scott show the rift this song has created in fans for years. Honestly, I didn't originally like the song- until I saw them do it live. Robin still nails it- very impressive- especially when you see how Roger Daltrey has no voice left anymore in concert.
    The song was supposedly "offered" to Cheap Trick by the record company who told them, in effect, "Either you do it or Rod Stewart will make it a #1 hit." So they made it a # 1 hit.
    Also ironic is their cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" was their only other Top 5 hit (peaked at # 4)- and was the only cover of an Elvis Presley song to ever get into the Top 5.
  • Scott from Boston, MaThis is definitely not the worst Cheap Trick song. In fact, I think it's one of their best and definitely one of the best love songs ever. Just because it's different than a lot of their songs doesn't make it bad.
  • Susan from Melvindale, MiI dont think this is their worst song ever.
    This song is heart felt..Frist loves can be hard to let go of..The frist cut is the deepest..I know your out there some where..Tangerine...
    The flame....I also like Cheap trick...If you want my love!!
  • Scott from Palm Desert, CaIronic that the worst Cheap Trick song ever goes to #1.
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