"Like Rock & Roll And Radio" as written by and Raycharles Jack Lamontagne....
Are you still in love with me
Like the way you used to be or is it changing?
Does it deepen over time like the river
That is winding through the canyon?

Are you still in love with her?
Do you remember how you were before the sorrow?
Are you closer for the tears
Or has the weight of all the years left you hollow?

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio

I can see you lyin' there
Tying ribbons in your hair and pullin' faces
I can feel your hand in mine
Though were living separate lives in separate places

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now?
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio

All these white lies hanging like flies on the wall
Hard wired, road tired
Counting curtain calls and waiting
Waiting for the axe to fall

Are you still in love with me
Like the way you used to be or is it changing?
Does it deepen over time, like the river
That is winding through the Canyon?

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now?
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio

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"Like Rock & Roll and Radio" as written by Raycharles Jack Lamontagne

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    General CommentPretty straight forward. In a relationship where it feels as if they may have grown apart. Are we strangers now? Like rock n roll and the radio. Ray writes brilliant lyrics and melodies. God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise is the album of 2010.
    johnnyirvingon August 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is brilliant. I agree it's pretty straight forward, I'd just love to know his intention with the comparisons he draws in the lines of the chorus.


    "Are we strangers now?
    Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show?
    Like Rock and Roll and the Radio"

    Does the phrasing mean how a Ziegfeld Gal is a stranger TO a Vaudeville show (Ziegfeld dancers came before the days of Vaudeville) and then "Rock and Roll" being a stranger to "Radio" - because you essentially can't hear "rock and roll" on the radio we have in today's world? Does each reference have to do with being a stranger to the other reference in the same line OR is he referring to the collective nostalgic loss of older eras and times gone by, etc. like rock and roll and the radio... (the two being looped into one thing).

    I know this is really specific - but if anyone else has any insight. I'd love to know what you think. =)
    MeghanMckon September 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI can't claim to know Ray but love his music so have read a bit about him. He is happily married so maybe this song isn't about a lost partner. To me this song is much deeper and more heart breaking as I think he is singing about his father. This next bit is from a biography website...

    "When LaMontagne was a child, his mother left his musician father, while his father was on tour, and moved him and his siblings up North. His father had no contact with LaMontagne and for years had no knowledge of his whereabouts. Because of the stories told to LaMontagne about his father, LaMontagne refrained from most musical activity, instead spending much of his time reading fantasy novels in the forest. His mother moved him and his five siblings to wherever she could find work, so it was difficult for LaMontagne to become friends with other children."

    This is possibly the most beautiful and intimate song I have ever heard.
    Willber234on December 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRay's lyrics touch me in a way no other artist does. The song actually made me reflect on my own relationship the first time I heard it.. Beautiful song, very emotive.
    redsciroccoon September 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song describes my current situation spot on. I am currently still trying to get over a very sad break-up that took place over 2 years ago. 8 years together with him.... and now I know nothing about him-... only that he has traveled extensively...and lost touch? we did.
    Interesting lyrics...

    "Are we strangers now? Like Rock and Roll and the Radio?"

    -One thing that always brought us together was music. I later found out that he saw Ray...perform the same week as me-just in a different State (ironic)

    "I can see you lyin' there, tying ribbons in your hair
    And pullin' faces.
    I can feel your hand in mine, though we're living separate lives
    In separate places."

    - At a distance? We are. However, one thing that still connects me is the music I hear...I can't help but feel connected to him still.

    Sad....but unleashes pain that comes from the soul....lost love, unrequited love.
    kt1879on February 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOn second thought, I meant person, not voice about the "you" in the lyrics. The more I listen to various live versions of this song the more the "white lies" part seems to sneak in, especially volume-wise, which means an emphasis on it, at least to the performer/songwriter. Several interviews say that his songs are not autobiographical, but an intuitive person would beg to differ. If he had watched an old black and white film about vaudeville and written a love story about the players in the film it wouldn't make sense... I think this song is personal no matter what anyone else thinks.
    ocracokeisleon August 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhat is the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show? I'm English, and I've never heard of it, I'm guessing it's a radio show in the USA?
    TobyBartholomewon August 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentEach person imparts their own meaning to a song and choose the way they hear the song...Ray even hints at this in many interviews. He doesnt like talking about the song meanings...he thinks people knowing why he wrote a song is like learning the reality to a magic trick...it spoils it. But this is how I see it...

    To me it speaks volumes to my life at the moment. I grew so close to someone...we moved apart...she married someone else, but is in a terribly unhealthy relationship, but I think she cant remember what life was like before the constant sorrow from the present relationship. Whether their constant sorrow has made them closer or if she is a shell of the person she could be because of the relationship. And I often find myself wondering if she still loves her or me.

    One of my favorite songs and every single line to me is my life right now...beautiful(but sad).
    rogersd902on January 24, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI completely agree with sunnysides comments,
    For me this stunning heart wrenching piece of work is about the Strain on a marriage after losing a young daughter. As some of the lyrics have no place In the song if this were not the case,
    I remember the first time I heard this song on a live TV show with Ray and David gray sitting on stool taking turns singing songs and it just blew me away, I’ve been hooked on his music ever since, My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Newcastle, England and he and his band were outstanding.
    What a talent
    Smogdubeon October 13, 2018   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. To me it feels like more than just growing apart. Like maybe they lost a child, a little girl. Sometimes I get that feeling when I'm listening to it.
    sunnyshine579on August 27, 2010   Link

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