Thin Lizzy – “The Sun Goes Down”

Introducing this at the Regal Theatre, Hitchin in 1983, Phil Lynott said this is the only slow number on the new album – Thunder And Lightning – it is, he said, a deep, meaningful song.

Co-written with new boy Darren Wharton, this would be the band’s last ever single, and is one of Lynott’s finest compositions. Released on the Vertigo label August 6, 1983, in both 7 inch and 12-inch formats, it was backed by “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Running to a full 6 minutes 19 seconds – surprisingly long for a single – it was produced by the band and Chris Tsangarides. In keeping with the spirit of the track, it features some fine, subdued guitar rather than the customary twin-lead manic soloing. The single reached only #52 in the UK charts.
 
“The Sun Goes Down” is one of those songs that is open to myriad interpretations, but undoubtedly Lynott’s own inner demons played a part in it. Less than three years later, he would be dead. 
 

Song Facts –

There is a demon among us whose soul belongs in hell
Sent here to redeem us, she knows it all to well
He comes and goes, he comes and goes
she knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

She tries her best to leave him, but she is still captured by his spell
She knows now she must deceive him, he knows it all to well
She comes and goes, she comes and goes, he knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

She comes and goes, she comes and goes,
he knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

There is a demon within us
The sun goes down
She tries her best to deceive him
The sun goes down

Writer/s: DARREN WHARTON, PHILIP PARRIS LYNOTT

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