Song of the Day: Long Black Road by Electric Light Orchestra

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Long Black Road is a song performed by Electric Light Orchestra and appears on the Japan release of the album Zoom (2001).

Lyrics:

They used to tell me, “Boy, you ain’t goin’ nowhere
With your cheap guitar and your big, long hair
You gotta realise all your responsibilities
You gotta get out to work and face reality.”

You gotta get up in the morning, take your heavy load
And you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.

So I drifted for a while down the road to ruin
I couldn’t find my way, I didn’t know what I was doin’
I saw a lot of people coming back the other way
So I kept on goin’ when I heard them say,

“You gotta get up in the morning, take your heavy load
And you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.”

Long black road, long black road
Long black road, long black road.

I made a lot of money, I was makin’ quite a mess
But they all told me, money wouldn’t bring me happiness
“You gotta work like a man in a real man’s life
You’re gonna have to take all the trouble and strife.”

You gotta get up in the morning, take your heavy load
And you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.

You gotta get up in the morning, take your heavy load
And you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.

You gotta get up in the morning, take your heavy load
And you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.

……

The album was the band’s first release of new material since Balance of Power, released in 1986. Although billed as a return to the classic ELO sound, the album sales were relatively poor and a planned North American concert tour was cancelled. Upon release, the album charted at number 34 in the UK Albums Chart, and at number 94 in the US Billboard 200. The album also peaked at number 14 on Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, number 51 on Austria’s Ö3 Austria Top 40 Longplay chart, and number 16 on Germany’s Media Control Album Chart. “Alright” peaked at number 87 on the Dutch Top 40 chart in the Netherlands.

A remaster by Frontiers was released on 19 April 2013 in the UK, and on 23 April 2013 in the US, and included two previously unreleased bonus tracks; one of them being a live recording from the 2001 Zoom Tour Live PBS taping at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. “Long Black Road” was included along with “10538 Overture” in the soundtrack for the 2013 film American Hustle.

Electric Light Orchestra

Also known as
  • ELO
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO (2012–present)
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres
  • Symphonic rock
  • progressive rock
  • progressive pop
  • art rock
Years active 1970–1986, 2000–2001, 2012–present
Labels Harvest, Warner Bros., United Artists,Jet, Columbia, Epic, Legacy, Sony BMG
Associated acts The Move, ELO Part II, The Orchestra, The Idle Race, Olivia Newton-John
Website jefflynneselo.com
Members
  • Jeff Lynne
  • Richard Tandy
Past members
  • See Personnel
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