Song of the Day #5,308: ‘Long Gone’ – Bryan Adams

‘Long Gone’ is one of the few songs on Bryan Adams’ 1984 album Reckless that isn’t an arena rock classic. I’m always blown away by the lineup of that album and I wish I’d owned it when it first came out.

The middle stretch of Reckless goes like this: ‘Run To You,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Summer of ’69.’ Spare me any highbrow dismissals of Adams as a songwriter and performer — those are four stone-cold bangers right there. Add in leadoff track ‘She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin” and late album duet ‘It’s Only Love’ (featuring Tina Turner) and you have an essential classic rock album.

‘Long Gone’ is the penultimate track, and stacked against those six songs it isn’t much to write home about. But it’s perfectly decent and gets points for including the word “Frigidaire.”

The telephone’s been ringin’
Ringin’ off the wall
It’s your Las Vegas lawyer – Another long distance call
He says you get the house and the car
And I get the clothes I got on

Yeah – Now she’s gone
Long, long, long, long gone
Now I’m a happy boy
She’s long, long, long, long gone

Operator get me Manhattan – Get my baby on the line
Sooner or later she’s gotta realize
That all my feelin’s were for real
But maybe she was leadin’ me on

Yeah – Now she’s gone
Long, long, long, long gone
Now I’m a happy boy
She’s long, long, long, long gone

She took the Frigidaire
She got my favourite chair
You could say she got the best of me
It’s like a legal crime
But in a matter of time
She’ll be back for the rest of me

Yeah – Now she’s gone
Long, long, long, long gone
Now I’m a happy guy – Yeah
She’s long, long, long, long gone
Give me a little peace of mind – Yeah

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,308: ‘Long Gone’ – Bryan Adams

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I was not a fan of Bryan Adams when the songs from this album were all the rage. Some have grown on me since more than others, which is true of a number of 80s songs that are now nostalgic memories of my youth. This song, however, does nothing for me.

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