Lightnin' Strikes

Album: Lightnin' Strikes (1966)
Charted: 11 1
  • Listen to me, baby, you gotta understand (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    You're old enough to know the makings of a man (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    Listen to me, baby, it's hard to settle down (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    Am I asking too much for you to stick around (ma-me-aah, ooh)

    Every boy wants a girl
    He can trust to the very end
    Baby, that's you
    Won't you wait but 'til then?

    When I see lips beggin' to be kissed (stop)
    I can't stop (stop) I can't stop myself (stop, stop)
    Lightning is striking again
    Lightning is striking again

    Nature's takin' over my one-track mind (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    Believe it or not, you're in my heart all the time (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    All the girls are sayin' that you'll end up a fool (ma-me-aah, ooh)
    For the time being, baby, live by my rules (ma-me-aah, ooh)

    When I settle down
    I want one baby on my mind
    Forgive and forget
    And I'll make up for all lost time

    If she's put together fine and she's readin' my mind (stop)
    I can't stop (stop) I can't stop myself (stop, stop)
    Lightning is striking again
    Lightning is striking again and again and again and again

    (Ma-me-aah, ooh)
    (Ma-me-aah, ooh)
    (Ma-me-aah, ooh)

    Lightning is striking again
    Lightning is striking again

    There's a chapel in the pines
    Waiting for us around the bend
    Picture in your mind
    Love forever, but 'til then

    If she gives me a sign that she wants to make time (stop)
    I can't stop (stop) I can't stop myself (stop, stop)

    Lightning is striking again
    Lightning is striking again and again and again and again
    Lightning is striking again and again and again and again Writer/s: LOU CHRISTIE, TWYLA HERBERT
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 29

  • Kayezzz from Perth Western AustraliaLoved this when I was younger, and have been putting heaps of songs on my pod from the 60's 70's, and heaps of stuff all the way to now. I only knew the chorus basically lol BUT hearing this for the "first" time lately I thought "What a sexist song"!!! Not that I give a damn but can you imagine all the righteous people these days complaining...wait on, just a thought lol, there's so much suggestive and s--t music out there that no one would care! Still, the feminists would rip it apart if it came to their attention. BEST music back then, for me it's he 70's...yep could go on and on, but won't :)
  • Riff Digger from Brockville, Ontario CanadaLove these comments. And this song! Always the high falsetto voices was singing “19, again!!! 19, again and again” especially on the outro. Had no idea of the title or artist. Finally I got fed up and googled what lyrics I could make out and got the track title. I had just heard it tonight under the tail credits of American Playboy-Hugh Hefner on Episode 2, Season 1 on Prime Video. The 1966 song was perfect because the mid-sixties were huge for the sexual innuendos in pop music, Playboy and the upcoming Summer of Love (and Free Love) in 1967. Love the melody and high, climatic energy.
  • Paddy Mcq from Louisville, KyNot sure why folks here mention "censors". You could pretty much release whatever lyrics you wanted. The problem came when radio stations refused to play it.
  • Rag Doll from Michigan“Christie’s unique falsetto”??? The whole song is a Four Seasons rip off.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLoved the bass. Wonder who else played on this song.
  • Mike from CharlotteIt's funny that no one has ever noticed or commented on what the girls in the chorus are singing. I can't believe they got that past the censors.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 2nd 1963, a rock 'n roll show titled 'Limbo Party' was held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA...
    One of the eight* acts appearing on the show was Lou Christie; at the time his debut record, "The Gypsy Cried" was at #27 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and eight days later on March 10th it peaked at #24 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1963 and 1974 he had twelve Top 100 records; three made the Top 10, "Two Faces Have I' at #6 in 1963, "Lightnin' Strikes" at #1 for one week in 1966, and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" at #10 in 1969...
    Mr. Christie, born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, celebrated his 72nd birthday eleven days ago on February 19th {2015}...
    * the other acts were the Four Seasons, Marvin Gaye, the Crystals, Paul & Paula, Dick & Dee Dee, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, and Chubby Checker {who hosted the show}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 8th 1966, Lou Christie performed "Lightning Strikes" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'*...
    At the time the song was at #66 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and a little over a month later on February 13th, 1966 it would peaked at #1 {for 1 week}...
    {See next post below}...
    * 'AB' was a taped show; and on that same day Lou Christie was in New York City at the Olmstead Sound Studios recording "Rhapsody in the Rain", later a 'cleaned-up' version of the song was re-recorded and that was the version that made the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 13th 1966, "Lightin' Strikes" by Lou Christie peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 19th, 1965 at position #93 and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10(...
    The record that was at #2 was "These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Nancy Sinatra; it had jumped up from position #15, so it was no big surprise that the following week it would move into the top spot...
    * Note: The Billboard charts are presented as 'for the week ending'; which means the weekly rankings start on a Sunday and end on Saturday...
    So "Lightin' Strikes" began its week at #1 on Feb. 13th, 1966 and ended on Feb. 19th, 1966.
  • Steve from Whittier, Ca"Hit #1 on February 19,1966", Lou Christie's birthday!!
  • Dt from Gulf Breeze, FlGreat pop tune from the 60's with some adult themes-lust, temptation and subsequent guilt. I would love to see this covered with a couple hot female singers doing the backup vocals. ["Baby ahh-ooo"] Love the guitar solo and the saxophone. Excellent arrangement.
  • Amanda from Melbourne, AustraliaIt's not about unwanted sexual advances for Pete's sake. It's a bout a man who has a Girlfriend, but doesn't want to settle down and wants to remain footloose and fancy free as he can't resist the females. Those who misinterpret it as something deeper obviously haven't listened to the song fully.
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnHow come this lustful song had no trouble with the censors, but the less overt followup "Rhapsody in the Rain" was pulled in many markets? Anyway, it's an exciting production, full of tempo changes, volume aberrations, lush backgrounds, then quiet backgrounds--perfectly conveying the conflicted passions of the lead singer.
  • Marlene from Montreal, QcI loved this song when I would hear it on the radio, even as a little kid! I think it was the harmonies and backup singers and it was on ALL the time. I didn't really get the lyrics back then!
  • Rick from Belfast, Megreat song....Howard...I used to listen to WABC and keep track of the top 100 songs of the year from late 60's to the mid 70's
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1969 when he released "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" the back-up singers were Ellie Greenwich & Linda Scott... {The record peaked at No. 10}
  • Steve from Whittier, CaI agree with all the comments below! I made a video of Tiffani-Amber Thiessen ["Saved by the Bell" and later "90210"] set to this song last night.
  • Dane from Lima,ohio, FlI read somewhere that Lou sang ALL the voices on this song.Don't know if it's true,but I love the harmony parts.Nice falsetto too.Barry Gibb would have been proud!
  • Ronnie from Morrisville, PaThe Angels did NOT do the backup singing on "Lightnin' Strikes" or any of Lou's MGM hits. The backup singers were Denise Ferri, Bernadette Carroll and Peggy Santiglia. For further information, please visit
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzIf memory serves, the backing singers on this song were none other than the Angels of "My Boyfriend's Back" fame. I also love the changing moods and rhythms of this song, one of the first rock/pop singles to do just that.
  • Lisa from Eveleth, Mni LOVED this song when i was a kid, then as a teen, suddenly understood what it meant, and hated it, then i got older (and lightened up) and love it again!!
  • Roman from Barrie, Onsaw Mr. Christie in concert in the mid 80's and I just cannot forget his twenty minute rendition of '..lightning striking again and again and again....' reminds me of the old 45's and LP's that kept skipping
  • Gary Phelps from Homewood, IlI have nothing profound to say except I have always loved this piece of art.
  • Jimmy T from Nyc, OrAs soon as I hear this song it puts me back in 149th St. & Courtland Ave. in the Bronx; I was 10.
  • John from Kansas City, MoIs he wacko or what? Let's see -- he's going to fool around with any and every woman who'll fool around with him -- but he wants his girlfriend to wait and forgive and forget, because eventually, he'll get around to her and marry her. Someone who acts like that is not worth waiting for.
  • John from Fort Worth, TxI loved this song since it was new though I never exactly knew all the lyrics till lately. The sound of the musical arrangement and the changing mood of the song as well as the words I could understand had always attracted me. The song was used in an important scene in one of my favorite movies in the early '1980s. Since that time and since I now know all the lyrics, it will definetely remain one of my most favorite songs of its time. Oh, the memories of the last 40 years! John Martin, 46, TX, USA
  • Ted from Long Branch, NjBelieve the backup singers are representing the woman to whom the singer wants to commit. He wants to become someone who can be happy in a monogamous relationship. But his tone changes when presented with opportunities to get some on the side, and in his mind he hears his main squeeze urging him to stop.
  • Matthew from Dalton, PaThe backup singers were singing "Stop"! and many people suggested it was an unwanted sexual advance hence the lines:

    When I see lips begging to be kissed(Stop!)
    I can't stop(Stop!) No I can't stop myself(Stop!Stop!)
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThis was Lou Christie's biggest hit and a song that brings back memories of growing up in New Jersey listening to WABC. Unfortunately, I could never understand what the backup singers were singing.
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