Speed Your Love to Me

Welcome to my 500th post on the My Song of the Day for Today blog! That’s 500 consecutive days of posting! Whew…

I had a busy day today, shortened by a rare sleep-in, then attending a virtual event followed by an online meeting, and later packing up and taking a mid-afternoon drive to Patricia Beach Provincial Park to sit on the beach. Yes, my friends, on May 18! Just two weeks after my sweety was out walking wearing a winter coat, today she and I were in swimsuits sweating on the beach under the glorious sun.

Patricia Beach in the afternoon. Photo by Steve West.

With all the activity of the day, I didn’t have a song in mind for this milestone, but serendipity helped me out on the way home tonight, as it often does. I was hoping for random inspiration from the shuffle play of my Bday Party playlist on CarPlay, but wouldn’t you know it: most of the songs that came on were ones I’ve already posted. Getting closer to home — or I should say a pit stop at VJ’s Drive Inn to pick up burgers and fries — Simple Minds’ “Speed Your Love to Me” played. It is one of my favourite songs, and I mention it briefly in my post on “Up on the Catwalk.”

Both songs come from Sparkle in the Rain (1984). I say in the earlier post how much I love Steve Lillywhite’s raw production of that record. The instruments are all bright and slightly hollow-sounding, especially the live-sounding drums; Mel Gaynor plays almost machine-gun speed as he also does on “Up on the Catwalk.” Jim Kerr’s powerful vocal is made almost ethereal by the subtle back-up vocal of guest singer Kirsty MacColl (1959-2000; she and Lillywhite were married from 1984-1994). And there are some funky keyboard sounds best picked up on headphones. It’s a great highway song… which begs the question: Why isn’t this song on my Car Tunes playlist?

I couldn’t sleep a wink last night
I’d love to hold on
Love to see the fires in motion
Love to feel a free world turn tonight

Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love to me
Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love

Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love to me
She would like to make a wish
Twenty-four cannot be this
He moved at the speed of light
Through the day and through the night
Fire from the flame of youth
Fire

Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love to me

Just my imagination, just my imagination
You go to my head, you go to my head
With the flames that go higher and higher
And higher and higher and higher and higher
Over and over to me, speeds your love

I couldn’t sleep a wink last night
I’d love to hold on
Love to see the fires in motion
I’d love to feel a free world turn tonight

Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love to me

Just my imagination, just my imagination
You go to my head, you go to my head
With the flames that go higher and higher
And higher and higher and higher and higher
Over to me, speed your love to me

Run till we come, until we be
Speed your love

You go to my head, you go to my head
You go to my head, over me
Higher, higher, higher
You go to my head, you go to my head
You go to my head, over me
Higher and higher, higher and higher
All across to me

(“Speed Your Love to Me,” by Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Mick MacNeill, Jim Kerr, Mel Gaynor. Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com, with a few corrections by me.)

Now you know a little about why this is my 500th pick for My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for supporting this blog by joining me here, and please enjoy!

Here’s the audio for the song from Simple Minds’ official YouTube channel:

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