Sister Christian

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"Sister Christian"
Single by Night Ranger
from the album Midnight Madness
B-side"Chippin' Away"
ReleasedJune 1984
Recorded1983
GenreRock
Length5:02 (album)
4:14 (7" single)
LabelMCA Records
Writer(s)Kelly Keagy
ProducerPat Glasser
Night Ranger singles chronology
"(You Can Still) Rock in America"
(1983)
"Sister Christian"
(1984)
"When You Close Your Eyes"
(1984)
 
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"Sister Christian"
Single by Night Ranger
from the album Midnight Madness
B-side"Chippin' Away"
ReleasedJune 1984
Recorded1983
GenreRock
Length5:02 (album)
4:14 (7" single)
LabelMCA Records
Writer(s)Kelly Keagy
ProducerPat Glasser
Night Ranger singles chronology
"(You Can Still) Rock in America"
(1983)
"Sister Christian"
(1984)
"When You Close Your Eyes"
(1984)

"Sister Christian" is the title of a song by the American hard rock band Night Ranger. It was released in June 1984 as the second single from their album Midnight Madness. It was ranked number 32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. It was written and sung by the band's drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. It was the band's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and staying on the charts for 24 weeks. It also reached number-one in Canada. To this day, it is one of the most popular first dance songs at weddings.[citation needed][1]

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Origin and meaning

The song is about Keagy's little sister, Christy. Keagy wrote the song at his apartment, near Divisadero and California streets in San Francisco, after he had just returned from a visit to his hometown of Eugene, Oregon. He had been struck at how fast his teenaged sister, 10 years younger than he was, was growing up.[2]

"After we started playing it a lot, Jack turned to me and said, 'What exactly are you saying?' " Keagy recalled. "He thought the words were Sister Christian, instead of Sister Christy, so it just stuck."[2]

The lyric, "You're motoring. What's your price for flight? In finding Mr. Right?" is the subject of much debate. The band stated in a VH-1 Behind the Music interview[3] that the term "motoring" was synonymous with the term "cruising."

Differences between album version and 7" single version

On the single version, part of the second verse in the bridge is omitted and goes into the chorus. More specifically, the words "You've got him in your sight. And driving through the night," are omitted from the single version. [4]

Music video

The music video was filmed in San Rafael High School.

Other versions

A newly-recorded acoustic version of the song was produced for the band's 9th album, Hole in the Sun. [5]

Glee covered the song in its Season Four premiere episode, "The New Rachel". It was sung by junior student Brody Weston (portrayed by Dean Geyer) in the co-ed bathrooms of NYADA.

Chart performance

Chart (1984)Peak
position
Canada (RPM)[6]1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7]67
U.S. Billboard Hot 1005
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks2

References

  1. ^ "Sister Christian - Night Ranger". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/song/night-ranger/sister-christian/340430. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Carolyn (2005-11-11). "Night Rangers revisit 'Sister Christian' and San Rafael". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/11/11/NBGVAFIG871.DTL. Retrieved 2008-05-09. "Specifically, the song is about Keagy's little sister, Christy. Keagy wrote the song at his apartment, near Divisadero and California streets in San Francisco, after he had just returned from a visit to his hometown in rural Oregon. He had been struck at how fast his teenage sister, 10 years younger than he was, was growing up." 
  3. ^ "VH1 -- True Spin : Our Lips Are Sealed, Sister Christian, And More". http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/true_spin/82230/episode.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92bmlcmyq0
  5. ^ http://nightranger.com/content/hole-sun
  6. ^ Canadian peak
  7. ^ German peak