#64 The Life of Riley

#64 The Life of Riley – The Lightning Seeds

This track from Mr. Broudie was written about his son (the ‘Riley’ – the auto-biography writes (or at least names) itself) half of it before he was born, and half after. Being from Liverpool, I’m 110% sure that the Lightning Seed is quite aware what the phrase means and was, of course, wishing his new-born son the best possible of all things. The song has been widely used (rather unimaginatively) for this and that (on T.V. whatever) but I still haven’t got sick of it despite … so here it is.



Lost in the Milky Way,
Smile at the empty sky and wait for,
The moment a million chances may all collide.
I’ll be the guiding light,
Swim to me through stars that shine down.
And call to the sleeping
World as they fall to Earth.
So here’s your life,
We’ll find our way,
We’re sailing blind,
But it’s certain nothing’s certain.
From cradles and sleepless nights,
You breathe in life forever,
And stare at the World
from deep under eiderdown.
Although this World is a crazy ride,
You just take your seat and hold on tight.
For the first time,
I don’t mind,
I get the feeling,
You’ll be fine,
I still believe,
That in this World,
We’ve got to find the time,
For the Life of Riley


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