Song of the Day: Todd Rundgren, “I Saw the Light” (1972)

“I Saw the Light” is arguably Todd Rundgren’s best-known hit. Indeed, he was so sure it would be a hit that he had it as the opening track of his Something/Anything? double album, borrowing a trick from the Motown records.

Rundgren produced, sang and played all the instruments on this cut. He also wrote the song in 15 minutes, which was a first for him and the experience led him to change his approach to songwriting.

“I Saw the Light” is a song about love, seen from the point of view of a young man’s first frightening encounter with it. This is particularly clear in such lines as “I tried to run thought I knew it wouldn’t help me none.” The slide guitars and guitar solo reveal a George Harrison influence. It is also interesting to point out that despite its popularity, this Rundgren song has virtually no hook or chorus.

Written by Matt Micucci

I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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