I've always liked Chris De Burgh for his
songs sweetly make you relax and comfortable but I started listening to his music seriously after hearing the Spanish
Train and its strange story of a deal between the Lord and the Devil of winning more souls and how the devil still chests and wins more souls and as for the Lord well, He's just doing His best...! I do love that song and its weird storyespecially now that
I've heard the Devil's Eye, quite a follow up to the Spanish Train for again this time devil's putting people under his spell
by dominating their TV screens but erupted when something's happening,
sounds like thunder, maybe the Lord is on His way, He's still angry and He's after me since I cheated on that Spanish Train....Wow!
Nobody can illustrate the battle between the good and the evil as interestingly as Chris De Burgh did. Hey, sure you
know by now that these two songs are my most fav ones of his works (apart from his Crusader that really gives me the feeling
of having taken part in the battle between the Saladin's Saracens and the army of Richard the Lionheart, well, the same feeling
occurred to me while I was playing Microsoft's Age of Empires II : The Age of Kings ^_^ ). I'll name my favourite Chris
De Burgh songs later on this page but now let's see who this really talented gentleman is?
Chris De Burgh (born Christopher Davidson on 15 October 1948 in
Argentina) is the son of a British diplomat. He started writing pop songs while studying at Trinity College in Dublin. After
being signed to A&M Records he was pushed out as a support act for Supertramp, when they were enjoying massive success
in 1975. His debute Far Beyond These Castle Walls had his light-rock tales of historical fantasy which were deemed a little
fey(!) by the critics. A single Flying taken from the album failed to sell in the UK but became a #1 hit in Brazil.
His second album,Spanish Train and Other Stories, included a title
track about playing cards with the Devil and a hauntingly catchy A Spaceman Came Travelling which became a perennial Christmas
Whilst Chris de Burgh could not break through in Britain and the
United States, he was highly successful in Canada, South Africa, Europe and South America (and later I guess the Middle East
incl. Iran). His 5th album the EASTERN WIND outsold the Beatles' LET IT BE in Norway as it topped their charts.
De Burgh's first British and American hit was DON'T PAY THE FERRY
MAN(1983) from the Rupert Hine-produced album THE GETAWAY.
His best received album, MAN ON THE LINE came in 1984 with another
minor hit HIGH ON EMOTION, but it was the following year that the compilation THE VERY BEST OF made him a big name in the
After 11 years of touring and two dozen singles, De Burgh finally
made the UK #1 in 1986 with the irresistably romantic LADY IN RED. The record became a worldwide hit and established him as
a major artist. All his back catalogue bagan to sell to a new generation of fans and the re-released A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING
finally made the UK charts in 1987. De Burgh maintained his ability to write a perfect pop song with the infectious MISSING
YOU in 1988 which narrowly missed the top spot in the UK, while INTO THE LIGHT continued his now easier march into the best
sellers. FLYING COLOURS became his biggest selling album to date when it topped the UK album lists in 1988.
In 1991, following the Persian Gulf War, Chris De Burgh donated
all proceeds from his song THE SIMPLE TRUTH/A CHILD IS BORN to the Kurdish refugees.
His 1992 release POWER OF TEN maintained his standards. De Burgh
is to be congratulated for the way he has stuck to his guns by not changing his musical direction for the sake of commercial
gain, and in his own words from his letter to the A&M Records chairman:"Ther is life after the Sex Pistols". He presently
lives in Eire.
(Sources: Vol.2 of the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
-6 Volumes- edited by Colin Larkin published back in 1995 in London through Guinness Publishing LTD and Square One Books LTD
The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music written by Phil
Hardy & Dave Laing published in 1995(revised and updated) by Faber and Faber Limited, London, United Kingdom.
All rights reserved by their respective Copyright Holders.)
note : I've purchaised these books at the Tehran International
Book Fair running once a year.
And here are the songs by Chris that I enjoy listening to them
more, you can click on them to read their related lyrics, NO MP3! (sorry for that but mp3's take a lot of storage space and
I'm not allowed that much MB's on my Tripodic site!!)
Sound of a Gun
Ecstasy of Flight
The Last Time I Cried
The Girl With April in Her Eyes
Light a Fire
Just In Time
Don't Pay The Ferryman
Man on the Line
Making the Perfect Man
One Word (Straight To The Heart)
High On Emotion
Heart Of Darkness
Don't Look Back
Wall Of Silence
The Snows Of New York
<<<<< RELATED LINKS >>>>>
Chris De Burgh Lyrics
The Official Chris De Burgh Website
Chris De Burgh.Net : A Multi Lingual Website (English, Persian, French, German, Spanish)