I've been drivin' all night, my hands are wet on the wheel There's a voice in my head that drives my heel My baby call said I need you here It's half past four and I'm shifting gears
When she gets lonely and the longing gets too much She sends a cable coming in from above Don't need a phone at all We got a thing that's called radar love We got a wave in the air Radar love
The radio's playin' some forgotten song Revelry's coming on strong The road has got me hypnotized As I spin into a new sunrise
When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough She sends comfort coming in from above Don't need no letters at all We got a thing that's called radar love We got a line in the sky
No more speed I'm almost there Gotta keep cool, now, gotta take care Last car to pass, here I go The line of cars drove down real slow The radio plays that forgotten song Brenda Lee's coming on strong The news man sang his same song One more radar lover gone
When I'm feeling lonely and I'm sure I've had enough She sends the comfort coming in from above Don't need no radio at all We got a thing that's called radar love We got a light in the sky We got a thing and its called radar love We got a thing that's called Radar love
Writer/s: BARRY HAY, GEORGE KOOYMANS
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Jmp from Santa Rosa CaI have loved this song since the ‘70s. I just recently listened to it again. I listened to the song again. It might be Golden Earring’s song, but I also listened to it by White Lion. Golden Earring does not have the spirit White Lion has has when they sing it. White Lion sings it like it is an upgrade to how it was formally sung. The guitars, drummer ect. White Lion wins my vote.
Geoff from IndianaI think radar love is fantastic, I think with the whole production of the song, and everyone involved, that song could have been performed by anyone. With the musicians involved, (orchestra), my choice would be Robin Zander, he would not have been taking the hand slaps and shakes like he was the the magic. Damn, when you watch the video the singer, (yes you know who he is), acts like he is the one and only. Hell , how about Freddie Mercury, yes he was gay but what a showman.
Jake from Burke, Virginia"Radar Love" sounds very much like an alternative rock tune and it came out in 1974, long before the trend even began, serving as proof that good alternative rock was around even then.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 5th 1974, Golden Earring performed "Radar Love" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'... Exactly two months earlier on May 5th, 1974 entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; and on July 21st , 1974 it peaked at #13 (for 1 week) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100... Between 1974 and 1986 the Dutch quartet had six Top 100 records; with one reaching the Top 10 ("Twilight Zone" at #10 (for 1 weeks) on March 20th, 1983 and it spent over a half-year on the Top 100, 27 weeks)..
Jorge from Bronx, NyGreat driving song,White Lion did also well on the cover!
Robert from Georgetown, ScUsed to ride my bike in NJ and listen to KB Radio 15 and hear this song. No helmets for bikes, just cruise around with my bike radio. KB would blast through as would CKLW and WLS! Those were the days!!
Michael from Deridder, LaI played this on guitar perfectly on Rock Band 3. 100% Hard Guitar!!!!!!!!!
Rob from Denver, CoAs I recall, in a 1974 interview, one of the band members stated the driver in the song dies passing the last car That bummed me out, which is why I remember what he said.
Frankie Colletta from Fort Pierce, FlTo my beautiful wife Kathleen on Cape Cod. Just listened to RADAR LOVE while riding my bicycle here in Florida, thinking how much I love you and how much you love me. This song speaks to how it feels sometimes being apart but that there will always be a bond. Next song that came on-MORE THAN A WOMAN-was all about you too, lover girl.
Around 1968 I saw Golden Earring perform RADAR LOVE on a Tuesday audition night at the Fillmore East in NYC. They were awesome, of course. Guess I liked them more than Bill Graham did because I don't think they ever got the gig.
If you like to run, walk or bike and RADAR LOVE isn't on your IPOD you are missing a chance to do some real sweating.
Don from Boston, Magreat song, way beyond it's time, who cares about the time, the down beat is great!!
Tom from Dallas, TxThe facts are wrong. This song is not about CB radios or based on that. Radar Love - the connection: "She sends a cable comin' in from above We don't need to talk at all We got a thing that's called radar love" But if you like the song cause you think is about cb radios thats cool too. I think most great songs are up to your interpetation and thats why you like it.
Angela from Chemslford, United Kingdomit is great!
Mike from Boulder, CoI just set my metronome to 100 BPM. Not a chance. Not Radar Love by Golden Earring. Maybe that comment was meant for another song because it's not even close to accurate for this one.
Mike from Boulder, CoIt's all 4/4 but it never switches between half/double time as it says in the facts. That is just not true. It's a (syncopated, but mostly) quarter note feel. If it were half time the snare would fall on 3 of each measure but it's good old 2 and 4 the whole time. Please count for yourselves
Anthony from Dewsbury, United Kingdomcan anyone figure out: is there a time signature change going from the intro to the first verse and again later on in the song? I'm trying to configure a drum machine and it seems impossible and I know - freaking bonkers !!
Nico from Amstelveen, NetherlandsThere's an exhibition dedicated to this song, in the Rockart Museum in Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands. http://www.rockart.nl/ The phrase "Brenda Lee's Coming On Strong." was inspired by the music that the author, Barry Hay, heard when he was with his mum in the bar in The Hague where she worked. In that bar, the song Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" was played often at the beginning of the evening, but the title of that song did not fit into the spirit of Radar Love, explains Barry Hay in the exhibition. So he preferred to mention another song of hers in Radar Love.
Lars Ulrich from CopenhagenI like this song. I finally saw the lyrics and saw I have been playing this song wrong. Instead of "Brenda Lee's Comin on Strong" I thought he was saying "Brandy Leigh is coming on strong and I wondered who Brandy Leigh was. Now I know... btw METALLICA RULES
Lester from New York City, NyThe album after Moontan, 'Switch', was great.
Ron from Almere, NetherlandsOriginally it was intended that the track Vanilla Queen would be the single from the Moontan-album. Having second thoughts, Radar Love was chosen instead.
Bobpape from Austin, TxWes in Springfield- You're wrong about that, buddy! I was all caught-up in that CB craze of the 70's. In fact, I had a base radio, a huge antenna on the roof, a "slider", a big amp, a CB radio in my car with a big amp, etc. Anwway, there were quite a dew get-togethers (I forget the CB term) arranged over the radio where a lot of women also showed up. And a lot of the base radios were run by women, although mainly in the daytime. In any given ger-together of CB'ers I'll bet thatat least one thirds were women! Maybe things were different in VA.
Ben from Hilversum, NetherlandsI've seen them play. (99) It was a great concert. Happy laid back people (beautyfull women!) the drummer went 'animal' and stretched the drumsolo in Radar Love up to about 5 minutes. It was out of this world. The Golden Earring. (Yeah)
Jay from Atlanta, GaCountry singer Tammy Wynette discovered Golden Earring (and subsequently produced their first album).
Tim from Philadelphia, PaThis song gets an F...for Freakin Unbelievable...
Tim from Groningen, NetherlandsThe Golden Earring is one of the most successfull bands of the Netherlands. The band was founded in 1981 in The Hague, their early name was The Tornadoes, later they changed it into Golden Earrings (named after a song from Peggy Lee) and in 1969 the 's' was abandoned. They had 46 hits, 27 of them became top-10-hits and 5 became #1-hits.
Bryan from Morgantown, KyI'm a longtime radio guy and we radio people have our favorite mistaken requests, i.e.: wrong titles. This one gets requested alot as "Hey can you play 'Red Alert'?"
Frank from Mars, MeOld hippy lore: "half past four" meant RPM's.
Ruth from North Attleboro, MaI was 10yrs when Rader Love was all over the air waves. I have loved it since! Great rock & strong sex song. My 24 yr old son had it on today, thats what took me here, im 43! Have a good one on me.... Ruth In Mass.
Jay from Atlanta, GaDanny from KY, I don't think he dies at the end of the song. When the lyrics state "One more radar lover gone", this is his way of ending the conversation or "signing off". Sort of like "over and out", truckers even used to have a saying: "We gone.....bye-bye!".
Ev from Tuscaloosa, AlMy interpratation of this song is how two very close lovers can sesne each others feelings when apart
C from No., EnglandAs I understood this song, it speaks of a man maintaining a semi-schizophrenic connection with a dead lover, and the guy eventually goes crazy and crashes his car.
I have no idea where i heard that, though.
Fyodor from Denver, CoIn his book, "I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol," Glen Matlock, the Sex Pistols' original bass player, tells of meeting Golden Earring's bass player and complimenting him on his bass line in this song, to which the Golden Earring shrugged and walked away, about which Matlock then writes, "Guess he's heard that before."
Dennis from Anchorage, AkI never associated this song with truckers, and see no reason to. The guy picked up a vibe that his woman wanted him, and he jumped in his car to go to her. It's that simple.
Steve from Hastings, EnglandOne of my all time favourites...Great band ... Very popular in Holland...And in my house, where we get great reception of a Dutch rock radio station...
Johnny from Los Angeles, CaDanny, No. This song rocks. Best driving song. Great guitar and drums and bass and that's about it. GO RADAR LOVE!!!!!!! Here comes the drum solo and awesome guitar solo maybe best ever (I'm listening to it,)
Vic from Wheeling, IlPretty cool drum solo.
Pat from Brampton, CanadaThe lyrics make reference to "The radio's playing some forgotten song - Brenda Lee's 'Coming On Strong'." "Coming On Strong" actually was a #11 pop hit for Ms. Lee in 1966. While Golden Earring had only 2 US hits, they had a string of charttoppers in their native Holland, lasting over a decade. Finally, given the Dutch origin of the song, it likely has nothing to do with CB radio, which was largely an American phenomenon.
Danny from Laurel, KyWill someone please tell me if the guy dies at the end of the song. . . .
Wes from Springfield, Va"Before couples got together after meeting on The Internet, they hooked up the old fashioned way - with CB radios." I have another problem with this statement... CB radios were primarily a guy thing.
Wes from Springfield, VaActually, the CB radio craze was in full force in late 1975, when C.W. McCall's hit "Convoy" came out. (The FCC had to open up new channels to accomomodate it.) I lived though those times and never sussed that this song is about CB radios - and, in fact, I don't think it is. I think it's more about sympathetic vibrations between lovers than CB.
Ferdinand from Hilversum, NetherlandsThe song appeared in Wayne's World.
Ben from Perth, CanadaGood tune awesome (but simple) base line really catches your attention!
R from Seattle, WaClassic case of mis-heard lyrics. I always thought it was "It's a half-assed Ford and I'm shifting gears".
Darryl from Cagary, CanadaThere's also another facet to this song. While maybe not so dominant in Europe as in North America, was the romanticazation of the trucker. I remember listening to "Convoy" by C.W. McCall and watching Claude Aikens (Sonny Pruitt) and Frank Converse (Will Chandler)on the American TV show, Movin' On. It was fad that lasted for several years in the mid-70's. The lyrics pick it up, "...Brenda Lees coming on strong - The road has got me hypnotized." This makes reference to country music that was played on all night radio stations, and often pushing rigs to make your deadline at night caused many at that time to artificially stimulate themselve lest they fall under the highway's spell.
Darryl, Calgary, Canada
Homer from Versailles, IlThis song was playing on the radio as Bart, Nelson, Milhouse, and Martin went on a road trip on the Simpsons episode "Bart On The Road".
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