Song of the Day, August 14: I Really Don’t Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne

Today’s song is I Really Don’t Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne. His first single from his solo debut after leaving LTD, it peaked at #39 on the Hot 100 on this date in 1982. Osborne co-wrote the song with David “Hawk” Wolinski, a talented keyboard player and songwriter. Wolinski is best known as a member of Rufus; he wrote a number of songs for the band including their smash Ain’t Nobody.

Merging the sensibilities of writers from the two great R&B dance bands created a memorable song with a spectacular groove. It’s very much a “you done me wrong” song, delivered with power and grace. Osborne is in fine voice, launching the new stage of his career with promise and strength.

Now you’re so full of schemes
I see right through you like a thin screen
All of your alibis are long gone

I really don’t need no light to see through you
I really don’t need your love to see me through
I really don’t need your heart to set me free
I really don’t need the way it used to be

I Really Don’t Need No Light was even more successful on the R&B charts where it made it to #3. Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

One Response to Song of the Day, August 14: I Really Don’t Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne

  1. Patricia Peoples says:

    I saw earlier this year an interpretation of this song where the person went on to clarify the latter parts where he begins to question her about the people she was with. But, I also clicked on this site,because this song was reviewed on my birthday ! I wish I had known it then it would have been nice to be tuned into a site that speaks to my soul so deeply : “music.” but better late than never ! I’m aware now in preparation for next year’s 08/14/2013 selection,

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