First Hit #1: October 17, 1981
Christopher Cross’ last song to show up here was basically a tribute to the joy of being alone. Now he makes a song that merely sounds like a tribute to being alone, since the lyrics don’t quite reflect the sound of the song. This is a track that has the atmosphere of a late night walk, and the repeated line about being caught between the mood and New York City emphasizes this: it’s caught in a jazzy no-man’s land. Sure, there’s lines about falling in love and finding women beside you and all that fun stuff, as well as nods to the actual plot of Arthur, but just like Sailing it works really well as a soundtrack to solitude, with a highly specific, late night in an empty city vibe that would show up on occasion in early ’80s entertainment.