The Outfield – Your Love

In between new wave and hair metal, there was an occasional pop/rock hit in the 80s. This one was catchy and it stuck with you. The opening line “Josie’s on a vacation far away, Come around and talk it over” is hard to get out of your head after hearing it. It got massive airplay in my corner of the world.

The song was performed by the Outfield. Formed in Manchester, England and signed to Columbia Records as “The Baseball Boys,” the group changed their name to The Outfield.  They released their debut album Play Deep in 1985 which peaked at #9 in the Billboard Album Charts. Your Love was on the album and peaked at #6 in the Billboard 100, #37 in Canada, and #83 in the UK.

“Your Love” was written by the band’s guitarist, John Spinks, who died of liver cancer in 2014 at age 60.

I don’t know whether I like the song or hate it because I can still hear the damn thing in my head.

From Songfacts

With a distinctive guitar riff and an unforgettable opening line, “Your Love” became one of the most memorable hits of the ’80s. When lead singer Tony Lewis declares, “Josie’s on a vacation far away, come around and talk it over,” we know he’s up to something. Our hero spends the rest of the song in seduction mode, trying to convince this girl (probably and ex-girlfriend) to have a one-night-stand. He pulls every trick from the player’s handbook:

Nobody Will Ever Know (“Stay the night but keep it undercover”)
I Really Need Comfort (“Another shoulder to cry upon”)
I Don’t Know Where Else To Turn (“I ain’t got many friends left to talk to”)
It Won’t Mean Anything (“I just wanna use your love tonight”)

Does he capture his prey? We never find out, but it’s clear that Josie deserves better.

The song became an ’80s classic and the showcase song for the band, which scored four more Top 40 hits: “All the Love in the World” (#19, 1985), “Since You’ve Been Gone” (#31, 1987), “Voices of Babylon” (#25, 1989) and “For You” (#21, 1990).

In 2013, Saturday Night Live did a skit based on this song where host Josh Hutcherson speaks in the song’s lyrics, trying to convince Josie’s friend to have an affair. In the skit, Hutcherson is Josie’s younger brother. It’s a great visualization of the dynamic, as the girl rebuffs him at first, but is drawn in when he gets to the blue talk (“I can’t hide the way I’m feelin’…”).

Your Love

Josie’s on a vacation far away
Come around and talk it over
So many things that I want to say
You know I like my girls a little bit older

I just want to use your love tonight
I don’t want to lose your love tonight

I ain’t got many friends left to talk to
Nowhere to run when I’m in trouble
You know I’d do anything for you
Stay the night but keep it under cover

I just want to use your love tonight
I don’t want to lose your love tonight

Try to stop my hands from shaking
But something in my mind’s not making sense
It’s been a while since we were all alone
But I can’t hide the way I’m feeling

As you’re leaving please would you close the door?
And don’t forget what I told you
Just ’cause you’re right that don’t mean I’m wrong
Another shoulder to cry upon

I just want to use your love tonight
I don’t want to lose your love tonight
I just want to use your love tonight
I don’t want to lose your love tonight
I just want to use your love tonight
I don’t want to lose your love tonight
Use your love, lose your love, your love!
I don’t want to lose your love tonight
(I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna)
Lose your love tonight (your love)
Lose your love tonight (your love)
Lose your love tonight (your love)
(Lose your) I don’t want to lose your love tonight

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

19 thoughts on “The Outfield – Your Love”

  1. So, this is Charlie Blackmon’s (“Chuck Nazty”) walkup song at Coors Field, and if ever there is a lull in the action (and, it being the Rockies, there is a plethora of lulls), this song tends to uplift the entire city of Denver. Love this song. Too bad “Chuck” might not be with us next year 😦

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    1. Blackmon is a good player and I hope they don’t dismantle the team.
      I have read where they could trade Nolan Arenado which makes no sense to me.
      I like the song…but it stays in my head.

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      1. I thought Jon Gray was going to be THAT pitcher that would do well there. He did well and then fell off.
        I think that ballpark is beautiful but it will be hard attracting pitchers.

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      2. I did too. If anything, they need to dump their expensive, worthless relievers. Coors Field is the reason my wife and I go so much. Gorgeous and fun ballpark (despite the losses).

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  2. I always considered them sort of “hair metal lite”. Not keen on the song, but it’s not awful and it certainly has legs… now there’s the parody version of it playing over and over in commercials , for Tide I think it is.

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    1. I’ve heard the parody…that sticks in my head also. It’s gets on my nerves also after a while. It’s too catchy at times if that makes sense.

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  3. I don’t think I could have told you the title of this song to save my life, but it is a great piece of power pop. A co-worker made an offhand comment about preferring The Outfield to Journey which I thought was interesting.

    By the way, there’s an on-air personality who goes by Chuck Nasty on KCFX.

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    1. It’s so catchy…almost too catchy if that makes sense. This hit the year I graduated so it is embedded in my head.
      That is an interesting comment… With Journey…it depends on which Journey it is…I liked the Gregg Rollie Journey the best…pre Jonathan Cain.

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      1. Sorry… I didn’t remember. I saw it last night on songfacts and grabbed it. I don’t know if I like it or hate it…it sticks in my head easy and drives me crazy.

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