Jeff Lynne

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At the end of the day I have to please myself. And I've made a record to please myself.

Jeffrey "Jeff" Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who gained fame in the 1970s as the leader and sole constant member of Electric Light Orchestra. In 1988, under the pseudonyms Otis Wilbury and Clayton Wilbury, he co-founded the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

After ELO's original disbandment in 1986, Lynne released two solo albums: Armchair Theatre (1990) and Long Wave (2012). In addition, he began producing various artists, with his songwriting and production collaborations with ex-Beatles leading him to co-produce their mid-1990s reunion singles "Free as a Bird" (1995) and "Real Love" (1996).

See also:
Electric Light Orchestra

Quotes[edit]

I saw the ocean's daughter
Walking on a wave's chicane
Staring as she called my name

And I can't get it out of my head...

  • At the end of the day I have to please myself. And I've made a record to please myself.
    • On the album Zoom, in "An Electric return for Jeff Lynne" at CNN (3 September 2001)

Eldorado, A Symphony (1974)[edit]

  • Midnight on the water
    I saw the ocean's daughter
    Walking on a wave's chicane
    Staring as she called my name

    And I can't get it out of my head
    No, I can't get it out of my head
    Now my old world is gone for dead
    'Cos I can't get it out of my head

    • "Can't Get It Out of My Head" ("Walking on a wave's chicane" are the official lyrics, but these are often heard and quoted as "Walking on a wave she came")

A New World Record (1976)[edit]

It's a livin' thing.
It's a terrible thing to lose.
It's a given thing.
What a terrible thing to lose.
  • It's a livin' thing.
    It's a terrible thing to lose.
    It's a given thing.
    What a terrible thing to lose.
  • My Shangri-la has gone away,
    Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
    She seemed to drift out on the rain
    That came in somewhere softly from the blue.

Discovery (1979)[edit]

  • It was one of those nights
    One of those nights
    When you feel the world stop turning
    You were standing there
    There was music in the air
    I should have been away
    But I knew I had to stay
  • Underneath a starry sky
    Time was still but hours must really have rushed by
    I didn't realize
    But love was in your eyes
    I really should have gone
    But love went on and on

Xanadu (1980)[edit]

Soundtack album of the film Xanadu
  • A place where nobody dared to go
    the love that we came to know
    They call it Xanadu

    And now, open your eyes and see
    what we have made is real
    We are in Xanadu
    A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star
    An everlasting world and you're here with me, eternally
    Xanadu
  • The love, the echoes of long ago
    you needed the world to know
    They are in Xanadu
    The dream that came through a million years
    That lived on through all the tears, it came to Xanadu
    • "Xanadu"

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