Lyrics: “I’m Going Out Tonight”

I didn’t have an idea for a topic today so I figured that I would search for a lyric to inspire me.  I hit shuffle on my iPod and got the song, Drowning Man.  Have you ever read the lyrics to that one?  It seems pretty dang political to me.  Therefore, I’m moving on.  What pops up next?  So Long Suicide.  I’m clearly batting 1000 here.  Those lyrics don’t work well for me either.  Moving on.  The song, Big Store, by the Devils comes up next.  Okay.  I can do that.

First off, before I dive into the lyrics, let me just remind people about the Devils.  Basically, this was Duran Duran before it was the Fab Five.  It is Nick and John with Stephen Duffy.  They recorded a lot of demos and the tape of the demos was found in the late 1990s.  Nick and Stephen went back and fixed the songs to release them.  Big Store is one of the songs on that album.  Here are the lyrics:

I’m going out tonight
Leaving god alone
Every rivers running dry I’m going out tonight
We drink small sour drinks & smoke long cigarettes I’m going out tonight
Leaving god alone
In a big store

I ain’t no fun time Barbie
I ain’t no fun time Mandy
I ain’t no fun time Charlie
I’m no fun at all

I like going shopping
Shopping in the big store
Shopping in the large store
Or any store that’s big Is a big store

I’m going out tonight
Leaving god alone
Every rivers running dry
I’m going out tonight
We drink small sour drinks & smoke long cigarettes
I’m going out tonight
Leaving god alone In a big store

Here is a video of the song, if you have never heard it:

So, what lyric grabs my attention?  There isn’t one line in particular that speaks to me but the song has a whole makes me smile.  When I hear this song, it reminds me of a good party.  Lines like “I’m going out tonight” and “We drink small sour drinks” definitely sound like a party to me.  Then, when I think of good parties, I immediately think of going on tour.  I know that for some fans shows don’t necessarily mean drinking or partying but for us and our friends, drinks are usually part of the whole experience.  Sometimes, when things are really awesome, we drink from paper cups with lids that don’t fit.  There should be a lyric about that.

Now, of course, there are lyrics that don’t really fit my idea of a party.  The title, for example, does not go.  Neither does the verse that mentions shopping.  Maybe, the shopping is to get something to wear to go out?  Then, there is the verse with different women mentioned.  It makes me smile, in particular, because my family calls me “Mandy”.

Overall, I really like this song.  It always makes me smile because it reminds me of good times on tour, partying with my friends.  What do the rest of you think of this song?

-A

2 thoughts on “Lyrics: “I’m Going Out Tonight””

  1. As we all know I adore this album and play it once a week as I work freight. I wish The Devils would find more treasures to polish and put out. Wonder if that 48 seconds is all that exists or is a longer video out there somewhere. My favorite part of this song is near the end when Nick just comes in with his powerful chords, It’s amazing with headphones. The first song, Memory Palaces is special to me as it uses Gregorian Chants, which my mother played frequently.I had forgotten about them, as mom died in 2010. So that gave me a nostalgic thrill, and I will dig out moms albums and play them soon.

  2. The Devils recall me the 1978 – 1980 period .. which we are now celebrating!!!
    Musically it just sounds the seed of Duran as we know them
    Wow… the lyric reads like a party song, but I’ve always seen the Devils as a “sad”, or “dark” duo.

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