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  • The Raspberries: Go All The Way, I Wanna Be With You

    Posted by Lexington Green on July 24th, 2008 (All posts by )

    Staggering. These take me back 35 years, to childhood, hearing these songs on the AM radio at night, in the dark: Gems of power pop perfection. Cynical exploitation of teen lust? Of course. Stipulated. But that merely? No, sir. No. Love songs, too, in their fashion. Pop hymns of youth and happiness and a world where consequences don’t exist, but only here and now and maybe forever, but not tomorrow, nor next month or next year. The Raspberries are chewing gum and smiling. They know they are being naughty. What a blast it must have been to be a Raspberry, for a few glorious years. Note that these guys seem NOT to be lip-syncing. Can a rock band possibly be this tight?

    (I am seeing and raising Dan’s Death Cab for Cutie post.)


    6 Responses to “The Raspberries: Go All The Way, I Wanna Be With You”

    1. Dan from Madison Says:

      Aha, the awaited reply. I too hold some of my best cards close to the vest, and will play them soon. This is good, very good. The ante has been upped!

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      Looking forward to it. I have some more up my sleeve.

      This live version really is incredible. It is harder edged, more ROCK than the studio versions.

      I suppose I should have included the lyrics, which are very much pre-safe-sex era:

      Go All the Way

      I never knew how complete love could be
      ‘Til she kissed me and said, baby

      Please, go all the way
      It feels so right
      Being with you here, tonight
      Please, go all the way
      Just hold me close
      Don’t ever let me go

      I coudn’t say what I wanted to say
      ‘Til she whispered I love you, so


      Before her love, I was cruel and mean
      There was a hole in the place where my heart should have been

      But now I’m changed, and I feel so strange
      I come alive when she says all those things to me

      And she says (come on)
      Come on (come on)
      (come on)
      Come on (come on)
      I need you (come on)
      I love you (come on)
      I need you (come on)
      (come on)


      I Wanna Be With You

      If we were older
      We wouldn’t have to be worried tonight
      Baby oh, (oh) I wanna be with you
      So bad, (yes, I wanna be with you)
      Oh, darlin (oh, I wanna be with you)
      Oh yeah (yeah, I wanna be with you)
      Well tonight’s (tonight) the night
      We always knew it would feel so right
      So come on baby, I just wanna be with you
      Someday’s a long time
      And we’ve been waiting so long to be here
      Hold me tight
      Our love could live forever after tonight
      If you believe that what we’re doing is right
      Close your eyes and be still

    3. Dan from Madison Says:

      It is live, and it is very very good. I really enjoy live music a lot, especially when it is tight like this. I think it enhances the music when it is a true live performance.

    4. Lexington Green Says:

      Yeah. The energy of the live performance can be a huge factor.

      These guys are tight as a drum. Amazing. What a band.

    5. cjm Says:

      “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet

    6. hagar Says:

      Downloaded both from !tunes,both came up EXPLICIT.I’m like,WHAT?

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