Song of the Day #2,885: ‘Luanne’ – Foreigner

foreigner_4Yesterday I confessed to buying greatest hits albums by some artists whose work I’ve overlooked. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

But I’m still an album guy at heart. So the rest of this week I’ll feature songs from albums — not greatest hits compilations — that I bought to fill in holes in my music collection.

I’ll start with Foreigner’s 1981 album 4. This album (their fourth, obvs) spent ten weeks at #1 and sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. This record features the hits ‘Urgent,’ ‘Waiting For a Girl Like You’ and ‘Juke Box Hero’ and another handful of solid rock songs.

By buying this album and not a greatest hits, I’m missing out on songs like ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ ‘Feels Like the First Time’ and ‘Cold As Ice,’ plus others I probably don’t even know are by Foreigner. But I get a delightful little throwback rocker like ‘Luanne’ that I’d otherwise never know.

Luanne, Luanne
Why do you run and hide?
Luanne, Luanne
Don’t keep your love inside

[Verse 1]
I wait around for you after school
You slip away and I don’t see you
Don’t know what I’m going to do
If you can’t see how much I need you
We met, one day, and then, you ran away
I’ve searched the whole town looking for you
I know you’re there somewhere


[Verse 2]
I write letters that I never send
I keep the words to whisper to you someday
I don’t know where and I don’t know when
Luanne I’m going to get to you someway
I want to feel your love so close to me
Give me just half a chance
To prove myself, I need to


These days true love is so hard to find
Someday I know you’re going to be mine
Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, ooh


Luanne, Luanne
Don’t need to run and hide
Luanne, Luanne
Don’t keep your love inside

Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
I want to be beside you, can’t you understand?
Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
Give me a little love, I know you can
Luanne, Luanne
Can’t you hear me calling?

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,885: ‘Luanne’ – Foreigner

  1. Dana says:

    If you’re going to own a Foreigner album, this is definitely the one to get. Foreigner is one of those rock bands, like Styx, Cheap Trick and a handful of others, that came onto the scene with sharp rock songs, but then turned way too commercial and soft. For Styx, it was the dreadful “Mr. Roboto.” For Cheap Trick, it was “The Flame” and, for Foreigner, it was “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” I would happily avoid the greatest hits collection just to ensure that song never found its way into my iTunes library.

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