Lightning Bolt (song)
|Single by Jake Bugg|
|from the album Jake Bugg|
|Released||27 April 2012|
|Genre||Indie folk, skiffle|
|Songwriter(s)||Iain Archer, Jake Bugg|
|Jake Bugg singles chronology|
"Lightning Bolt" is a song by English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg. It was released on 27 April 2012 in the United Kingdom via digital download, the third from his self-titled debut studio album Jake Bugg (2012).
Released as a single on 24 December 2012, it reached No. 26 in the UK Singles Chart in the week beginning 13 January 2013. It was Bugg's first UK Top 40 single and remains one of his biggest hits and more recognisable songs.
Style and content
The "Lightning bolt" of the title represents a sudden and unexpected situation in which the singer finds himself, a burst of fortunate events. The chorus describes the singer as someone who takes everything that has been put on his plate for him, he doesn't force it "I just stand by and I wait my time". But he will take the chance when it comes his way "when I see the signs I jump on that lightning bolt". He doesn't want to be one of those people who "walk with gritted teeth", "toe the line", the ones who don't take chances and believe there aren't any answers.
The lightning bolt could also represent love at first sight:
- "Met her as the angels parted for her
- She only brought me torture
- That’s what happens
- When it’s you that's standing in the path of a lightning bolt."
So by "taking chances" the listener could assume he means "taking chances in love".
It chugs along with a quick acoustic beat matched by an instantly classic vocal delivery of fast paced lyrics, recalling "Subterranean Homesick Blues". You know straight away that Bugg's got something and repeat the song, twice last night, a further three times this morning. The smile returns every time.
Quick research reveals that Jake Bugg, bred on one of the UK's largest council estates in Nottingham, has only just turned eighteen. It's a fact that is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
He's a wordsmith in the Dylan sense of the word, painting pictures of the estate he grew up in, and the hope of getting out.
In popular culture
The song gained prominence in the UK after it was used as the backing-track to a recording of the 100m win by Usain Bolt at the 2012 London Olympics. Interviewed in October 2012 on BBC Radio Nottingham, Bugg confirmed that the song "had no relevance to the Olympics", but that he thought "it was great that they used it".
|United Kingdom||27 April 2012||Digital download||Mercury Records|
|United States||19 March 2013|
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