This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs pertaining to Brother | Sibling | Sister for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.
This week I have chosen “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger. I have a personal connection to this song. The song was released about 2 1/2 months before I graduated from high school.
Being an 18 year old senior who enjoyed her long “big” hair and was getting ready to embark on life’s journey away from family, I took to this song immediately. As the song became popular and was playing over the loudspeakers in the bars that I frequented, not to mention, MTV played it constantly that summer, “Sister Christian” became my own personal theme song. In July of that year, I left for Marine Corps boot camp. Even though the saying wasn’t popular in Texas, I was “motorin'”!
Night Ranger’s drummer, Kelly Keagy wrote the song about his sister who was coming of age. Keagy’s sister, Christy was 10 years younger than him and was growing up fast. The lead singer, Jack Blades sang lead vocals on most songs for the band, but Keagy sang the lead on this one from his drums. The original song title was “Sister Christy” but the band thought Keagy was singing “Sister Christian” so that became the title.
Keagy grew up in Eugene Oregon and the day after he graduated high school, he packed his bags and left home to seek out a career as a full-time drummer. After years of playing in clubs, he started touring with the San Francisco band, Rubicon. In 1979, Keagy, along with fellow band members, Jack Blades and Brad Gillis formed Night Rangers. Rubicon became a thing of the past.
Once Night Ranger got some experience in San Francisco through local gigs, the rock concert promoter, Bill Graham started booking Night Ranger as the opening act for bands such as Judas Priest, Santana, and the Doobie Brothers. Night Ranger became one of the most popular mainstream rock bands of the mid-1980’s. The group disbanded in 1989 when front man, Jack Blades left the band.
Sister Christian Oh, the time has come And you know that you're the only one To say, okay Where you going What you looking for You know those boys Don't want to play no more with you It's true You're motoring What's your price for flight In finding mister right You'll be alright tonight Babe, you know You're growing up so fast And mama's worrying That you won't last To say, let's play Sister Christian There's so much in life Don't you give it up Before your time is due It's true It's true, yeah Motoring What's your price for flight You've got him in your sight And driving through the night Motoring What's your price for flight In finding mister right You'll be alright tonight [Instrumental interlude] Motoring What's your price for flight In finding mister right You'll be alright tonight Motoring What's your price for flight In finding mister right You'll be alright tonight Sister Christian Oh, the time has come And you know that you're the only one To say, okay But you're motoring Yeah, motoring
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