Daily Archives: December 2, 2012

Radio XII, side A, track 7: “I Did It For Love” by Night Ranger

Oh, Night Ranger, even if I didn’t love your music, I kinda had to just because of your name, you know?  I mean, of all the bands ever, you guys sounded like you were a super hero.  To this day I wish there were a superhero called The Night Ranger who fought crime and moonlighted as the lead guitarist in a rock and roll band.  Luckily, I didn’t need your awesome name to like you guys because your music is sweeeeet.  But I am going to call shenanigans on this song, Night Ranger, because I’m guessing you guys weren’t that much younger than I am now when you recorded it, and you should know better than to fill a young boy’s head full of questionable wisdom about letting someone go because you just loved them so much.  I bought that line wholesale back in my youth up until not too terribly long ago, and I’m gonna tell ya somethin’, Night Ranger, I call shenanigans on that whole romantic notion of “If you love something set it free”.

I’m not condoning keeping that something you love chained in the basement, but I’m now a firm believer that a little selfishness is just fine in a relationship, and if you love something and/or someone, you shouldn’t have to set them free because they shouldn’t be wanting to leave in the first place.  So no more of this “oh, it’s so painful but I’m going to leave even though my heart will be broken forever.”  F that noise, Night Ranger.  You and me, we’re sticking around for the long haul.

“I Did It For Love”

Every night that I held you
Made heaven from hell, yeah
I did it for love

Well, like the change of the season, you grew cold
For that reason
I did it for love

And when it all went wrong

And there’s no use
Hangin’ on

I turned and walked away
I did it

I did it

I did it for love

Now you wanna know

Why I let you go
I did it for love

Well, I thought that I was tough

Well, I guess I’m not tough enough

I didn’t do it for the glory

I did it for love

When you were lost in the night
And ya feared for your life
I came runnin’ to you

And as I held you so tight
You said forever you and I
But girl, I knew

And now you stand and ya say

How could I
Walk away

I love you too much ta stay

I did it

I did it

I did it for love
Woo-oah

Now you wanna know

Why I let you go
I did it for love

Well, I thought that I was tough

Well, I guess I ain’t tough enough

I didn’t do it for the glory

To be the sorrow love story

I did it for love

Oh, I remember how it started
And we felt so alive
And the passion was burnin’ inside

There’s a lesson in love

When the heart grows wild

<awesome Night Ranger jam>

Well, I thought that I was tough

Well, I guess I ain’t tough enough
I did it for looooove

Oh oh
Oh oh

I did it

I did it

I did it for love
Oh-oh

Now you wanna know

Why I let you go

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