You know I need your love
You've got that hold over me
Long as I've got your love
You know that I'll never leave
When I wanted you to share my life
I had no doubt in my mind
And it's been you, woman
Right down the line

I know how much I lean on you
Only you can see
The changes that I've been through
Have left a mark on me
You've been as constant as a Northern Star
The brightest light that shines
It's been you, woman
Right down the line

I just want to say this is my way
Of tellin' you everything
I could never say before

Yeah, this is my way of tellin' you
That every day I'm lovin' you so much more
'Cause you believed in me through my darkest night
Put somethin' better inside of me
You brought me into the light
Threw away all those crazy dreams
I put them all behind
And it was you, woman
Right down the line

I just want to say this is my way
Of tellin' you everything
I could never say before

Yeah, this is my way of tellin' you
That every day I'm lovin' you so much more
If I should doubt myself
If I'm losing ground
I won't turn to someone else
They'd only let me down
When I wanted you to share my life
I had no doubt in my mind
And it's been you, woman
Right down the line


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Right Down The Line Lyrics as written by Gerald Rafferty

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    He is acknowledging how important some one is and has been in his life as far as success goes and be "a rock" and tethering him and keeping him grounded in a good way...Lovely love song. :)

    vulnaviaon August 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
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    beautiful.

    zebziggleon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    This is the most romantic song I've ever heard, bar none.
    My favorite line is "When I wanted you to share my life, I had no doubt in my mind"

    It's also been a dream of mine to have someone sing these words to me. Maybe my husband will someday.

    DaNayon January 05, 2006   Link
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    Wow, I can't believe this song has so few comments. This song is awesome! It reminds me of my parents. My mom has it on a CD and she said she wants my dad to dedicate this song to her. They've been together since they were teenagers. They got married and had my sister and I when they were sooo young. But they stayed together and they have the most amazing relationship ever. They are best friends to this day. 20 years later and you can see how much they still love each other and have fun together. And they never fight. It's pretty inspirational. I am so thankful I've had them as an example, I will never settle now. Anyway this song makes me think of them!

    bitterbritteron May 21, 2008   Link
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    beautifully written. so simple yet so meaningful. His voice is so soothing as well. I love that he's not forcing the song, but just laying it down, right down the line haha. I just had a thought, I think I'll dedicate this song to my hot wife. For sure I'll earn some brownies for dat shit ;)

    convinceon April 09, 2009   Link
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    I've always loved this song, but I'm a bigger music nerd than my wife. However, the comments of the women on this board have inspired me to record a cover version as a gift to her. I hope she likes it as much as these commenters would. :)

    aaronjsolomonon October 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    Gerry has such a beautiful way with his music and lyrics. I'd give anything to hear somebody say these words to me. This is such a romantic song yet it's very believable and real. It's not just someone feeding you a bunch of bullshit and sap.

    Undeniably Nikkion April 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Great song! Music, lyrics, what a superb affair. Classic. This is a song you play taking a late night drive with your Love.

    joshin69on February 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    My favorite song

    muletrainhoeon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction

    I've listened to this many times and I'm confused about one of the words in the line "When I wanted you to share/shape my life". Although "share" would be more common, it sounds more like "shape" and I've also seen this interpretation on some lyrics sites. Not that opinions are bad, but where can I get a definitive answer?

    Wysockion March 02, 2010   Link

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