The Pretenders are a great band. They have a wonderful catalogue of music spanning many decades. I’ve always felt that Chrissie Hynde is underrated as a songwriter. She is a very talented artist who explores all aspects of life and relationships. Her songs are very good at making you “feel” something. In addition, very few bands can match their versatility. Whether it’s a ballad that touches your soul, the title track of a film score, a remake of a classic hit that improves with her interpretation, a straight ahead fun rock & roll song or a harder edged piece that reflects the more primal side of human nature, she puts her heart and soul into the art form and it shows.
This particular song always feels like I am hearing it for the first time and having the same emotional reaction. It is timeless and never gets old. Chrissie Hynde’s yearning for love is quite powerful. I believe at some point in their lives everyone can relate to the feelings expressed in these lyrics, which is always the mark of a good artist. She also has an uncanny ability to translate the individual experience into a wider societal (sometimes even spiritual) context. It is a privilege to take the musical journey with her and the band.