"Lady In Red" as written by and Chris De Burgh....
I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance
And I have never seen that dress you're wearing
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes
I have been blind

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek
There's nobody here, it's just you and me
It's where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I'll never forget the way you look tonight

I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing
I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away
And I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek
There's nobody here, it's just you and me
It's where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I'll never forget the way you look tonight

I never will forget the way you look tonight
The lady in red, the lady in red
The lady in red, my lady in red

I love you


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"The Lady in Red" as written by Chris De Burgh

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    General CommentBeautiful song.

    Its inspired by a time he saw his wife across a crowded nightclub, without at first realising it was her. As a result he realised that often people never quite appreciate that the most important person in their lives is taken for granted, and how after a while you fail to notice the things that brought you together.
    kmk_natashaon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm reminded of my Senior Prom back in 1998. My then boyfriend and I were slow dancing and I happened to have on a Red dress that night...how ironic is that...hehehe :-)

    Anyways, this is one of my favorite slow songs to dance to. The other being Eric Clapton's song "Wonderful."
    Bubbley69on October 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about a guy who's crazy in love with a woman whom he sees as being utterly perfect. And hes wondering what he did to have someone so great in his life.
    askingtoomuchon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt never ceases to amaze me, the nonsense that people can come up with when they want to badly enough.

    Have you ever noticed that the more simple and innocent a song is, the harder people will work to come up with a "nasty" interpretation? It's as though the very presence of innocence is an affront to them, and they become like angry little monkeys flinging their poo at something they don't understand.

    Silly little monkeys... ;>


    This song could hardly be simpler or more beautiful. It's about seeing a woman you know and realizing as if for the first time how beautiful she is and how much you love her. It doesn't matter if all the men in the room are really asking her to dance, the singer thinks they are, assuming that they can see the same incredible beauty in her. The song is about that overwhelming rush of love or infatuation, so intense that it's physical, that we've all felt at one time or another in our lives.

    I don't know if this song was written about the artist's wife or mistress; it doesn't really matter. The emotion it conveys is pure and universal (whether the choices made after it are or not). I don't know what it is about the words, the music, the arrangement, or the vocal delivery in this song, but they work together beautifully, and I've never heard such a perfect expression of that that one emotion.

    Poe said that a perfect story or poem was one in which every single part of it works to create a "unity of effect or impression," a single, intense feeling or mood in the reader's or listener's mind. By that standard, "Lady in Red" is a perfect song, and nothing else said about it really matters more than that.
    ShinyAeonon February 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOne of the first slows I danced... good memories... :O) I have listened to that song a few times lately and I did change the lyrics a bit...

    Instead of Lady in red it became My man or Lord on black. :O) Ok, not so original but it fits with my dark elf
    elven_princesson June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first dance i even went to was with one of my friends that is a girl i didn't even think of her like i do now until that night lady in red that dress was amazing
    runningboyon June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeriously, could there be a much cornier song? I love it anyway :-) Very much a school disco kind of song, the kind that will almost always soften up a woman even if she knows the man who's playing it for them doesn't mean a word! Such an ego trip for a gal - not only does this guy realise he's madly in love with her, but every other man in the room's hitting on her too. It's a lovely fantasy, and always makes me desperate to run out and buy a red dress!
    gracelynon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song sends many messages, or it just could be that a guy is so wrapped up in other things that he forgets how lovely his lady is until one night he sees other men admiring her from afar, it makes him realize how lucky he is, and he falls in love with her all over again ...
    CtFrenchyon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful...What girl wouldn't dream about being the "lady in red"?
    bee_happyon March 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about a man who never notices how beautiful the love of his life is until he spends that one magical night with her. The perfect song for my first and only love, to whom i dedicate the lyrics.
    b-real3480on March 31, 2003   Link

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