Inspired by the memory of when Chris de Burgh first saw his wife Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met. The idea for the title came to him five months after he saw her wearing red in a nightclub. After an argument with his wife, de Burgh started writing ‘The Lady in Red’ but had a hard time finishing it and finding a title for it. He wanted to call it ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ but at that time, there was already a song with this title so he decided not to go with it. De Burgh wrote on his website that the song was not specifically about his wife Diane, but rather appreciating the most important people in our lives, who we often take for granted and how we often fail to notice what attracted us to another person in the first place. In this account, he was already married to Diane but didn’t realize it was her when he spotted her across the room. ‘The Lady in Red’ became a huge part of a cultural landscape in the UK, the listeners would argue whether it was the sweetest love song ever written or a pile of excessively sentimental musical mush.
Release Date: June 20, 1986
Songwriter/s: Chris de Burgh
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 2 on both charts; the Adult Contemporary and the Cash Box. In the UK, it topped the Official Charts Company. The Lady in Red has topped the charts in several countries around the world including Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Poland and South Africa. In other countries such as Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden it reached the top 10 charts.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Christopher John Davison was 38 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Very few amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.
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January 31, 2019 at 8:07 pm
This song needs to be understood from a more literal perspective. They are not in a nightclub, they are at something like a charity function; dinner and dancing. This is not the first time they’ve met. Presumably they are in a established relationship. That’s the setting.
The weird line is, “I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance, looking for a little romance…” So in the past, he has seen men ask her to dance, but tonight is different because of the red dress and other things, perhaps… So they’re either standing at the bar or sitting at a table and – wait – men are coming up to her in front of him and asking her to dance with them? Why don’t all of these so many men have dates to this function/party? Is she super-model hot and they can’t resist, or is he sitting or standing away from her and getting some kind of vicarious pleasure from watching her shut them all down?
Quite frankly, this guy sounds really creepy. She probably broke up with him that night. And then he wrote this song and it became a hit and she’s on her way driving to work and it comes on the radio every hour and she punches the dashboard every time it does.
March 27, 2019 at 9:55 am
My husband would like the actual music sheet for Lady in Red or is it copyrighted?
February 2, 2020 at 2:49 pm
I have to admit, it made me think of an obsessed stalker type when I read the lyrics…..claiming to love “this beauty he barely knows” and seemingly besotted by her physical appearance and egged on by how many other men wanted a piece of what she had to offer….definitely not “love” in my books but hey, it was the 80’s! At least Sting was open about his “Every Move You Make” song being about a stalker…..
June 18, 2020 at 8:26 am
We were at her parent’s home. She was doing her usual thing. She wasn’t dressed in red, just her usual neat style. I took in her vision and was overwhelmed with my love for her. Even after ten years of marriage, she could make my heart swirl. I listened to those lyrics, noting them down. Then I went to work scripting a card for her and gave it to her for her next birthday. It is our “song”. Every time we hear it, we embrace. It is coming up to 40 years soon and her 80th birthday at the end of June, and I still get all weepy when I hear it.
February 19, 2023 at 3:18 pm
Lady in red is his first love and he let her go.and he comes back to the club he had he’s first dance and how was on the dance floor was his first love.and he is wishing he had not left her .but it’s to leat so in his head he was dancing whed her one more time
February 19, 2023 at 3:20 pm
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