Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya

Last night as I lay in bed at 1:00 am, unable to get to sleep (the change to daylight savings time always messes me up), the song “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” randomly popped into my head. I have no idea why.

The song was the only major hit for New England, a group discovered by Bill Aucoin (1943-2010), the manager of the American band Kiss. New England’s 1979 debut album was recorded and produced by Kiss frontperson Paul Stanley and Mike Stone (who worked with Queen, Asia, Kiss, Foreigner and others).

Several of my schoolmates were big fans of Kiss, but I never really got into the band. We all enjoyed the New England album though I don’t think any of us followed their career.

I learned today that New England later worked with Todd Rundgren as producer, but the band could never replicate the success of “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.” They were active from 1978 to 1982, then reunited in 2002 and have gotten together again several times for one-off shows and recordings.

In a 2014 interview in the online music publication Sound of Boston, the band described their sound as “power-melodic-orchestrated-song-oriented rock.” Indeed.

With its theme of the writer waiting for his love to drive home during a rainstorm, “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” evokes memories of adolescent insecurity and the accompanying helplessness and fear of loss symbolized in the song. With uncomplicated lyrics (only two main verses and a chorus that is multiple repeats of the title), there is poignancy in its simplicity. Plus, some pretty rocking guitar riffs supported by the keyboards and rhythm section.

You’re driving home in a downpour
Can’t wait for you to walk through the door
The rain is beating on my brain
As the look on my face stays the same

Don’t ever wanna lose ya (x3)

And when I hear a speedy siren
My heart gets so still just like dying
Do anything to get you home safe
Where could you be it’s getting so late

Don’t ever wanna lose ya (x3)

You’re driving home in a downpour
Can’t wait for you to walk through the door

Don’t ever wanna lose ya (repeats)

(“Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya,” by John Fannon)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from the New England YouTube topic channel:

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