In 1972, I was twenty years old. I had already been in love a couple of times, or so I thought at the time. One thing I had learned already, was that relationships are never easy, and that they are often very different to how you see them in your mind. Forty-six years later, and many more relationships and marriages behind me, I now know the truth. I never learned anything, and wonder if anyone else ever did too.
That year, I heard a short song on the radio, by Todd Rungren. It was called ‘I Saw The Light’, and it got to me immediately, seeming to sum up lots of my feelings at the time. I went out and bought the single, playing it over and over on my old record player.
A lifetime later, it is just as relevant today.
Here are Todd’s lyrics.
It was late last night
I was feeling something wasn’t right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you
So we walked along,
though I knew there was something wrong
And the feeling hot me oh so strong about you
Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see
‘Cause I saw the light in your eyes
Though we had our fling
I just never would suspect a thing
‘Til that little bell began to ring in my head
In my head
But I tried to run,
though I knew it wouldn’t help me none
‘Cause I couldn’t ever love no one, or so I said
But my feelings for you
were just something I never knew
‘Til I saw the light in your eyes
But I love you best
It’s not something that I say in jest
‘Cause you’re different, girl, from all the rest
In my eyes
And I ran out before but I won’t do it anymore
Can’t you see the light in my eyes
Songwriters: Todd Rundgren
I Saw the Light lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
And here he is from 1972, singing them.
By coincidence, this very song was featured on The Immortal Jukebox yesterday, the wonderful music blog of Thom Hickey, not long after I had written this up as a draft. His far superior post features other versions of the song too. I cannot recommend his blog highly enough, and any music lovers would do well to give it a look.
Here’s a link.
Todd Rundgren, Barb Jungr, Hal Ketchum & Mari Wilson : I Saw The Light