Song of the Day #4,712: ‘Oh No the Radio’ – Owsley

It’s been more than ten years since I last featured a song by Owsley, the stage name of singer-songwriter and power pop savant Will Owsley. I dedicated three posts to him in October of 2010 after learning that he had died by suicide in April of that year.

Reading those posts now, I was amused to see frequent commenter Dana lamenting the lack of Jackson Browne songs on the blog. He finally got his wish a decade later!

Today’s song is a reminder of the greatness of Owsley’s self-titled debut, an album I really should listen to more often.

Oh no the radio
Has got me by the ears and won’t let go
Oh no the radio
Is playing that song again
Oh no no no no the radio
Follows me everywhere I go
Oh no the radio
Is playing that song again

I wish I could forget the day when
We heard our record playing
We sang the words into your hairbrush
And gave Donnie and Marie the bum’s rush
When the fat lady started singing
It was over and my ears were ringing
Our song, a favorite dedication
Is going number one across the nation

Oh no the radio
Another hit and run in stereo
Oh no the radio
Is playing that song again
Oh no no no no the radio
Follows me everywhere I go
Oh no the radio
Is playing that song again

I’d settle for a bad reception
Than have to listen to the next selection
You know I’m rockin’ in a hard place
When I hear it all I see is your face
Goin’ out to the one you’re lovin’
When the pushin’ really comes to shovin’
True love is givin’ and a takin’
Not a record that I feel like breakin’

Just when I thought I would never
Get over the thought of you leaving
The sky opens up and the sunshine’s
Giving me more to believe in
Then I hear it once again
No! No! No!

I pull into a drive-in movie
Where the radio will not get to me
Roll down the window for the talk back
Our song’s in the movie soundtrack
Hope the story has a happy ending
‘Cause my heart could really use the mending
Oh girl, I meant it when I said it
The radio makes me regret it

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,712: ‘Oh No the Radio’ – Owsley

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol…not for Owsley being dead, which is tragic, but for my using his death as a springboard to relentlessly advocate for Jackson Browne on your blog! You did indeed remedy the lack of Browne posts with the recent deep dive.

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