Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The song remains the same


I just listened to this again, for the first time since I was a teenager (my son's godfather is building up his record collection and bought the album: Breakfast in America).

These lyrics just hit home and it seems that somethings never change:

The Logical Song lyrics
Songwriters: Davies, R; Hodgson, R;

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
Joyfully, playfully watching me

But then they send me away
To teach me how to be sensible
Logical, responsible, practical
And then they showed me a world
Where I could be so dependable
Clinical, 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 learned?
I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am

I say, "Now what would you say for they calling you a radical
Liberal, fanatical, criminal?"
Won't you sign up your name? We'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable
Oh, ch-ch-check it out yeah

At night when all the world's asleep
The questions run so deep for such a simple man
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned?
I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am
Who I am, who I am, who I am

'Coz I'm feeling so illogical
D-d-digital
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Unbelievable
B-b-bloody marvelous

3 comments:

  1. So interesting when you read the lyrics !

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  2. Apparently he wrote the song as a teenager, it isn't everyone's favorite type of music but the words are still powerful either with or without the melody.

    Sadly also realised that this makes me officially old, remembering the late seventies/ early eighties.

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  3. Hello Charlotte,
    I was in middle school (12?13?) when that song was popular. I remember it perfectly. I like the lyrics a lot, but I don't think that my 13 and 17 year old find life particularly wonderful and simple. Maybe he was referring to a much younger child?
    On a musical note: I noticed on your profile that you like Richard Thompson. LOVE him. Have you discovered his son, Teddy?

    Thank you so much for visiting me today and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I definitely felt the empathy.

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