A Night On The River



Naked and frozen at the side of a lake,
I think I've gone and made my big mistake,
I took her swimming, we had a fight,
now my clothes and the lady are well out of sight,

And it looks like I'm heading for a night on the river,
Under the moon and the stars,
Looks like I'm heading for a night on the river,
Me and my beating heart, singing in the dark,

Naked and frozen at the side of a lake,
If she was here I wouldn't hesitate,
To tell her how, the way things are,
With a long conversation in the back of a car,

And it looks like I'm heading for a night on the river,
Under the moon and the stars,
Could be I'm heading for a night on the river,
Just me and my beating heart, singing in the dark,

I think she owes me an explanation,
She's got the whip hand in this situation,
If I try to tell her just the way I feel,
It could start the whole thing all over again,

Ooh, I think I'm heading for a night on the river,
Under the moon and the stars,
Could be I'm heading for a night on the river,
But I see the lights of a car, shining in the dark,

Ooh, could be we're heading for a mm-mm,
Under the moon and the stars,
Could be we're heading for a mm-mm,
Just you and me and our beating hearts,
We're singing in the dark...
"This has to feature one of the most original opening lines of any song currently. It's 'Naked and frozen by the side of a lake.' I actually prefix it by saying 'This is what every woman wants to do to every man - just once.' It's about a couple who have gone off, maybe they've been to a restaurant and had a few drinks, and they've gone off to a lake. Obviously, the weather has got to be warm because they strip off - and he jumps into the lake for a swim. Now, they have had a row, see, but he's in there swimming away, and she says 'Right, that's it.' She gets his clothes, jumps in the car and drives away. So there he is, sitting beneath the moon and the stars - stark naked! And he's feeling very sorry for himself indeed. However, things get better. At the end of the song, he sees the lights of the car in the distance and he thinks 'Oh, maybe we're up for a bit of you know what... under the moon and stars!' As I say, it's actually a fairly humorous song, but fun - and, no, it's not based on personal experience - although I did do the same thing to somebody years ago at the seaside. I was out there with a bunch of people, and they all ran into the sea and left their clothes on top of the Land Rover. So we drove off while they were still all in the water, without realising that their clothes were on the roof. The result was that, of course, all the clothes blew off. It was an accident, but it took hours to find those clothes again - and it was quite a sight, I can tell you!"
The Getaway Gazette, September '88
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