Song of the Day, November 27: The Right Moment by Gerry Rafferty

RaffertyRightMomentToday’s song is The Right Moment by Gerry Rafferty. The latter part of the 70s were very kind to Rafferty, who enjoyed solid chart success with hits like Baker Street and the albums City to City and Night Owl. He ushered in the 80s with the tepid Snakes and Ladders, a sound-alike disc that lacked most of the charm of its predecessors. He regrouped for 1982’s Sleepwalking, a wonderful collection that stands as one of his best. The highlight of that album is the thoughtful The Right Moment.

A testament to patience with a core of cautious optimism, it’s a quiet song that relies on Rafferty’s flawless delivery for its power. (It was so compelling that Olivia Newton-John later covered it.) Rafferty is in fine voice, using his higher range for emphasis and holding each note for best effect.

You can make a better life, you’re just waitin’ for the right moment
You can find another way, you’re just waitin’ for the right moment
When are you gonna let go, and forget about the life you knew
When will you surrender, and wake up to the real
Now you know that it’s all borrowed time, and still you waste another day
But you watch and you wait for a sign all along the way.

Sadly, health issues and a serious drinking problem sidelined Rafferty before he could capitalize on this disc. It remains a great example of his strengths as a singer and songwriter. Enjoy this wonderful 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.

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