Song of the Day #668: ‘Comeback (Light Therapy)’ – Josh Rouse

Here’s a wonderful song from Josh Rouse’s 1972 album, which is chock full of wonderful songs.

This album is an example of an artist firing on all creative cylinders, with songwriting, performance and production all top-notch. I imagine that when he recorded 1972 Rouse was in the sort of zone star athletes get into during a big game, when everything they try works out just right.

Or maybe that’s not how it works at all. Maybe this album was the result of weeks of trial and error, takes and retakes, and input from scores of people and it all somehow managed to come out brilliantly in the end.

In either case, I’m impressed.

‘Comeback (Light Therapy)’ is a perfect example of the smooth 70s sound Rouse created on this album. It’s a love song about a guy living in Norway, the “land of the midnight sun” (and, conversely, the midday moon), and slipping into depression because of the constant darkness.

I’ve been waiting for the longest time
I want you to come back
Maybe if the sun would shine
It’d bring my happy back

In the dark
So tired of waking up and its dark
So tired of being stuck on my own here
Norway is cold dear

And here comes June
The sun is gonna shine in June
The doctor says I’ll feel better soon
Fills my vitamin D pills
He hands me the big bill

Cause I’ve been waiting for the longest time
I want you to come back
Maybe if the sun would shine
You’d bring my happy back

I’m gonna stay on this mountain high
Til you come running back
Don’t leave me hangin’ out on that line
I want you to come back
I want you to come back

I miss my serotonin
My days are goin’ nowhere fast
The language is so foreign
And I can never understand
Understand

Come back…

Yeah cause I’ve been waiting for the longest time
I want you to come back
Maybe if the sun would shine
You’d bring my happy back

I’m gonna stay on this mountain high
Til you come running back
Don’t leave me hanging out on that line
I want you to come back

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #668: ‘Comeback (Light Therapy)’ – Josh Rouse

  1. Dana says:

    Great song from a great album. I suspect that artists, like athletes, can sense when they are making magic. He certainly made it on this album.

  2. Alex says:

    I love this song, and this album. That’s saying something for me because I can rarely listen to any album for more than a few songs. But I don’t think of the 1970s. This song feels like Scandinavia to me: Gray background, pale people and old buildings. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Maybe I associate Norway with the 1970s music – some kind of ABBA connection or something.

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