I've been drivin' all night, my hand's wet on the wheel
There's a voice in my head that drives my heel
It's my baby callin', says I need you here
And it's a half past four and I'm shiftin' gear
When she is lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable comin' in from above
Don't need no phone at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a wave in the air, radar love
The radio is playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's comin' on strong

The road has got me hypnotized
And I'm speedin' into a new sunrise
When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough
She sends her comfort comin' in from above

We don't need no letter at all
We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a light in the sky, radar love

No more speed, I'm almost there
Gotta keep cool now, gotta take care
Last car to pass, here I go

And the line of cars drove down real slow
And the radio played that forgotten song
Brenda Lee's comin' on strong
And the newsman sang his same song
Oh one more radar lover gone

When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough
She sends her comfort comin' in from above
We don't need no letter at all

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a light in the sky

We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a thing that's called radar love



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"Radar Love" as written by George Kooymans, Barry Hay

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    General Comment:So basically, the singer is driving to be with his baby; they have an almost psychic connection and he knows she misses him too.

    This knowledge is making him reckless - "there's a voice in my head that drives my heel" (on the accelerator) - and he's been driving all night, so anxious that the wheel is covered in sweat.

    He passes a long line of cars (presumably on a two-lane highway, from what comes next) and the last line we hear that's in the first-person voice is "Last car to pass, here I go!"

    Then we go into an ending that twists earlier lines:
    "And the line of cars drove down real slow" - a funeral procession
    "And the newsman sang his same old song
    One more Radar love has gone" - the singer has died in a car crash that was aired on the news, all before he got to see the lover he was driving towards.

    It's a more subtle dead lover song than most, and it does have a great tune.
    Dubious Meriton March 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:BloodReign, I don't think the driver is suffering from anything else than love...
    saawanjon November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Radar Love is the opening song of the “Continuing Story of Radar Love”. If you listen closely to all the lyrics across all the songs, you’ll notice Golden Earring is telling a story where each song fills in a piece of that story. Though each individual song has its own deeper meanings and metaphors, the songs are interconnected at a basic level.

    Radar Love sets the scene and illustrates a relationship between a man and his lover. All is going well in his life and he feels this connection to this person in his life, though she’s far away and he has to drive all night to get to her.

    In the second song, “The Vanilla Queen” the author meets a stripper named Candy and he instantly falls for her. He becomes wrapped up in her beauty. He realizes her past and knows it’s her job to seduce men and make them feel wanted. However, he falls for her anyway and she makes him feel different.

    “Candy’s Going Bad” goes back in time and tells us who Candy is and where she came from. To rebel against her strict upbringing, she got involved in the seedy nightlife of strip clubs. Her dad claimed he would beat her if she came home dressed in her “stripper outfit” again and he mother begged her to “quit the show”. She eventually quit the show. However, she didn’t care “when she started her affair with the studs and mares of the night.” She met a pimp named Teddy. She got involved in the world of prostitution and eventually moved out on her own using men to survive.

    Throughout the next few songs, the relationship between the author and Candy evolves and eventually in “Clear Night Moonlight” the author asks Candy to run away with him. He tells her not to turn his dream into a nightmare. He says “don’t say no.”

    She says no.

    “Lost and Found” is a song about how the author feels used by Candy and how she completely tore out his heart. He opens the song defending him emotions, saying he’s not an object; something you throw away. I believe Lost and Found is a metaphor for the loss of one love, and how he found himself and recognized that he had thrown away what he had in the first place; his true love, someone who loved him back.

    “The Devil Made me Do It” is probably my favorite song on the album. The author has realized what he has done wrong, and the stage is set in the form of a court trial taking place in the author’s head. He claims the devil made me do it, and he pleads innocent. He pleads with the jury (his guilt) with a very convincing verse:

    “See her slide out of her negligee, her skin was hot – touch intoxicating. And if you were me, you would have done the same. So spare me the gutter, save me from the ball and chain.”

    This is a great song and reminds me of “The Trial” from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” which is also a metaphorical court trial within the authors head.

    The album ends with the author all alone, having lost everything. He can’t sleep, he can’t eat. He’s awake at 4am thinking about Toni, his lost love. He’s tired and he’s cold.

    Anyway, that’s what the album means to me. I don’t really understand every song but I see how the album as a whole outlines the story of love, seduction, and falling for desires which eventually lead to the destruction of everything you really cherish in life.
    imaudion December 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:i think that if were my boyfriend i would see this song as a letter type thing to my girlfriend saying that.. she's all i need and all i'll ever need... this song is badass..and i luv it to death... :-)
    -Pö£ô-
    glo151on May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:classic rock at is=ts best.great drumming in this too.althogether and excellent tune.
    turtonhoton May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It makes me proud to be a Dutchman!!
    Non July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:All of my speeding tickets for going over 100mph have been caused by this song. turtonhot said it best Classic Rock At It's Best.
    Otteron July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song just rules, it truly is Classic Rock At It's Best. Makes me proud also to have Dutch blood flowing through my veins. This would have to be one of my favorite of the older songs.
    DragonKnight411on September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:great song my favorite by golden earring even though i only know this and twilight zone
    smirnon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Absolutely the best car song ever with one of the best drum beats. I wonder if a cop would accept this song as an excuse for speeding.
    FloydFanon April 13, 2005   Link

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