Richard Thompson – “Wall Of Death”

This is truly a taste of Something Fine from Richard Thompson.  “Wall of Death” can be found on the album Shoot Out The Lights which was released in 1982.

Recorded by Richard and his wife, Linda Thompson, “Wall of Death” was by far my favorite song on the album and had special meaning to me.  As a young army lieutenant serving in the 82d Airborne Division from 1983 -1985, this was my favorite tune to listen to prior to a parachute jump.  It fully captured the excitement and thrill that can only be found in taking a little risk.

Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
You can waste your time on the other rides
This is the nearest to being alive
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death

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Two Legendary Artists Together – Richard Thompson and Nancy Griffith

Wall of Death, by Richard Thompson

Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
You can waste your time on the other rides
This is the nearest to being alive
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death

You can go with the crazy people in the Crooked House
You can fly away on the Rocket or spin in the Mouse
The Tunnel Of Love might amuse you
Noah’s Ark might confuse you
But let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death

On the Wall Of Death all the world is far from me
On the Wall Of Death it’s the nearest to being free

Well you’re going nowhere when you ride on the carousel
And maybe you’re strong but what’s the good of ringing a bell
The switchback will make you crazy. Beware of the bearded lady
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death

Let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
Oh let me ride on the Wall Of Death one more time
You can waste your time on the other rides
This is the nearest to being alive
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death
Let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death
Oh let me take my chances on the Wall Of Death