Chris Rea – Fool If You Think It’s Over

From his 1978 album, Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?. The song reached #12 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on September 16, 1978.

From songfacts

The song’s lyric came out of conversations Rea had with his younger sister, who was dealing with her first breakup. He assured her that her life was not over, even though it felt that way.

This was the first single from Chris Rea’s major-label debut album. Surprisingly, it initially made little impact in his native Great Britain, but was a big hit in the United States, where it peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It later scored on the British charts, where it peaked at #30.

Fool If You Think It’s Over

Dyin’ flame, you’re free again
Who could love, do that to you
All dressed in black, he won’t be comin’ back
Look, save your tears
Got years and years
The pains of seventeen’s
Unreal they’re only dreams
Save your cryin’ for the day

[Chorus]
Fool if you think it’s over
Cause you said goodbye
Fool if you think it’s over
I’ll tell you why

New born eyes always cry with pain
At the first look at the mornin’ sun
Fool if you think it’s over
It’s just begun

Miss Teenage Dream, such a tragic scene
He knocked your crown and ran away
First wound of pride, and how you cried and cried
But save your tears, got years and years

[Chorus]

(Fool if you think it’s over)
(Fool if you think it’s over)

I’ll buy you first good wine
We’ll have a real good time
Save your cryin’ for the day
That may not come
But anyone who had to pay
Would laugh at you and say

[Chorus]

New born eyes always cry with pain
At the firstWriter/s: CHRISTOPHER ANTON REA

 

 

 

 

Chris Rea – Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.

The title song from his 1978 album. The song reached #71 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on November 25, 1978.

From songfacts

As Chris Rea tells it, when he got a record deal, his label, Magnet, suggested he change his name. He mockingly proposed “Benjamin Santini,” a name that would appeal to Jewish and Italian listeners – a big slice of the American market. At least one executive at Magnet took it seriously, telling him it was a good idea.

Rea kept his real name but came up with a backstory for Benny Santini, a promising young pop star packaged for stardom. In this song, he tells that story, with Santini falling out of favor, leaving many to ask, “Whatever happened to Benny Santini?”

Whatever Happened To Benny Santini?

They say his chances could not have been better
All the promise of a July sun in the morning sky
Laughing at the peering faces
From the windows of a limousine
Caviar with the A & R and still only in his teens
So whatever happened?

I can see him now, his face lit up in neon
One hand up in the air as he turns towards the crowd
His songs of silver arrows they tried to roll into gold
With diamond tips from painted lips
Designed and ready to be sold

They say he could not fall of
They say he could not fail
The wealth and fame would fire his flame
Just as soon as his ship set sail
So whatever happened?

Whatever happened to Benny Santini?
Whatever happened to the guy on the wall?
Where did he go to if he could not fall of
They tell you they don’t know
They don’t know at all.

Writer/s: CHRISTOPHER ANTON REA

Chris Rea – Working on It

From his 1988 album, New Light Through Old Windows. The song reached #73 on Billboards Hot 100 Chart on April 15, 1989, It also topped Billboards Album Rock Tracks Chart.

From Wikipedia

Upon release, Billboard listed the song as a recommended pop single and commented: “Top-five hit at album rock shows Rea’s new label affiliation to be a smart career move. Straight-ahead, four-on-the-floor power rock could find a home at pop outlets as well.”The Philadelphia Inquirer commented that the song “deserves hit status”.

Working on It

Oh how I’d love it girl, just you and me
Take the day and fly
But oh this job, it’s got the best of me
Tell you why, tell you why
Somebody above is in a desperate state
Some kind of urgency, the kind that won’t wait
I say tomorrow, he say today
And the man in my head well he tell me no way
Keep working
I got eight little fingers and only two thumbs
Will you leave me in peace while I get the work done
Can’t you see I’m working
Oh, oh I’m working on it
Oh, oh I’m working on it
Well they’re coming from above me
And they’re coming from below
Yea they’re in there right behind me
Everywhere that I go
And my buddy, he’s screaming down the telephone line
He say gimme, gimme, gimme
I say I ain’t got the time
Oh, oh can’t you see I’m working on it
Oh, oh I’m working on it
Yea, yea, oh tell ’em
How I’d love it girl, just you and me
Take the day and fly
But oh, this job it’s got the best of me
Tell you why
Well they’re coming from above me
And they’re coming from below
Yea they’re in there right behind me
Everywhere that I go
My buddy, he’s screaming down the telephone line
He say gimme, gimme, gimme
I say I ain’t got the time
Oh, oh can’t you see I’m working on it
Oh, oh I’m working on it
Oh, oh I’m working
Oh, oh can’t you see I’m working on it
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Christopher Anton Rea