Song Lyric Sunday: Robert Cray, “Porch Light”

Jim’s theme for today is "Songs where somebody is having sex, or talking, or hinting about having it." Before I knew it, I had my song for today. Actually, Robert Cray has several songs about infidelity and "dipping your pen in some other man’s inkwell," but this fit the best. "Porch Light" is from his third album, 1985’s False Accusations.

The lyrics, from Lyrics.com:

Midnight
And her porchlight’s on
The signal
That her man is gone
She’ll open her back door wide
I’ll slip down the alley, then slip inside

She’s waiting
Just inside the door
In perfume
Probably nothing more
She’ll greet me with her arms spread wide
Hit by the darkness, we’ll fly, fly, fly

Standing here
I feel just like a criminal
Returning to the seen of the crime
Every time that we steal these loving hours
We promise that it will be the last time

Sneak out
Just before the dawn
Knowing that we’ve done her man wrong
He’s out working while we’re at plays
And my conscious hounds me
The whole long day
Mmm

Sun down
My blood starts to stir
All my thoughts go back to her
At midnight my guilt will ease
And I’ll be watching her porch-light
Begging please, please, please

Standing here
I feel just like a criminal
Returning to the seen of the crime, yeah, yeah, yeah
And every time that we steal these loving hours
When we’re stealing, when we’re stealing it
We promise that it will be the last time, yeah

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for October 3, 2021.

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Robert Cray, “Porch Light”

  1. You brought him up the other day on a post of mine…I have been listening to him some…I listened to him in the 80s…it was a great break from the typical top 40

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      1. It was his guitar playing that really impressed me. Him and SRV were the great new ones at the time.

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  2. My first time hearing this song… he’s quite a storyteller 😀
    And it’s not just about sex, it’s also about an affair….

    I like this song!!

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