You Love the Thunder
|"You Love the Thunder"|
7" Picture Sleeve
|Single by Jackson Browne|
|from the album Running on Empty|
|Recorded||August 27, 1977
Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
|Jackson Browne singles chronology|
|Running on Empty track listing|
"You Love the Thunder" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne from his 1977 live album, Running on Empty, recorded at a concert at Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on September 6, 1977. Released as the third single a full year after the album came out, it only reached #109 on Billboards Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, though it received increased Album-Oriented Rock airplay. The B-side of the U.S. single was "The Road"; however, the B-side for the British single was "Cocaine".
The lyrics seem to describe the relationship of a musician and a spouse or girlfriend who comes along on tour, keeping with the theme of the Running on Empty album, but they can be read more universally, as well:
- You love the thunder, and you love the rain —
- What you see revealed within the anger is worth the pain.
- And before the lightning fades and you surrender,
- You've got a second to look at the dark side of the man.
- You love the thunder and you love the rain —
- You know your hunger like you know your name.
- And I know you wonder how you ever came
- To be a woman in love with a man in search of the flame...
In his 1978 review of the album, Paul Nelson wrote: "Browne forges a temporary relationship with a kindred spirit, only to realize 'You can dream/But you can never go back the way you came.'"
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||109|