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Shoot Out the Lights

Shoot Out the Lights by Richard Thompson
Released: Jan 1982
Label: Ryko/Rhino
The first song on this emotional bloodletting of a record gallops along, as if the singer is trying to keep up with a lover who is moving away fast. But since it's Richard Thompson singing, it sounds more like he is the one being hunted down, if only by the hollow agony of being alive. Yikes. Then Linda sings one that is even more desperate. It goes from there.
Mike McGuirk