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Posted in Supertramp with tags , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by fliker1970

The Logical Song (Davies, Hodgson) from  Breakfast in America – 1979

1  Gone Hollywood Davies, Hodgson 5:19
2  The Logical Song Davies, Hodgson 4:10
3  Goodbye Stranger Davies, Hodgson 5:50
4  Breakfast in America Davies, Hodgson 2:39
5  Oh Darling Davies, Hodgson 4:02
6  Take the Long Way Home Davies, Hodgson 5:08
7  Lord Is It Mine Davies, Hodgson 4:09
8  Just Another Nervous Wreck Davies, Hodgson 4:25
9  Casual Conversations Davies, Hodgson 2:58
10 Child of Vision Davies, Hodgson 7:28

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,oh joyfully, oh playfully watching me.But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,logical, oh responsible, practical.And then they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,the questions run too deep for such a simple man.Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learnedI know it sounds absurdbut please tell me who I amI said now watch what you say they’ll be calling you a radical,a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal.Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’reacceptable, respectable, oh presentable, a vegetable!Oh Take it take it yeah!

But at night, when all the world’s asleep,the questions run so deepfor such a simple man.Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learnedI know it sounds absurdbut please tell me who I am, Who I am x 3 !!!  Who knows who’s so logical.

Roger Hodgson: “I had actually finished the words and the arrangement 6 months before I proposed it to the band for the album – I didn’t think anyone would like it. 

Roger Hodgson :  “I had the chords to ‘Logical Song’ and I used to use them in soundcheck with Supertramp. I used to start playing them. And it’s funny, I didn’t think much of them. And then one day, I started singing and the first word that came in was ‘liberal.’ And then the song took shape from that. And I didn’t realize what I was creating or what had been created, really, until it was finished. Luckily, probably for me, I didn’t realize what I was creating at the time. If I thought, ‘Boy, this is going to be a monster hit,’ I probably would’ve frozen up and stopped the magic from coming out.”

This song has the distinction of being one of the most quoted lyrics in schools.”In 1980, Hodgson won the Ivor Novello Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, who named “The Logical Song” the best song both musically and lyrically of that year.

Cover of “The Logical Song” by German “Metal” band: At Vance