I never realized how many songs I knew by Supertramp. No association was ever made…maybe they didn’t get my attention growing up. However, I will say that I like the piano in tonight’s track. I know absolutely nothing about this band so I had to do some research…
Supertramp is a British rock band that formed in 1969. Ten years later they’d release their sixth album, Breakfast in America, which included Take the Long Way Home. It was the fourth single from the album, reaching #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It also went to #1 on the UK Single chart as well as #4 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles.
According to songfacts, Frontman Roger Hodson called this track “a last-minute surprise” because it was written as the album was wrapping up. The lyrics have many different interpretations. It seems to describe a man who feels good about himself at one moment but then reality kicks in, and he’s questioning where he is in life. He takes the long way home to live in his illusion of a perfect life a little longer…
Today’s entry is by request. The video above is an acoustic version with tribute clips to George Harrison, who wrote the song.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps was released in November of 1968 off the band’s 9th album, self titled, but most commonly known as The White Album. Lead guitar was done by Eric Clapton, though he was not formally credited.
Harrison stated that the inspiration for the song came from reading I Ching, also known as ‘Classic of Changes’. The idea of the book, as Harrison said, “seemed to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else… opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental.” Using these ideas, he wrote the song on the first thing he saw upon opening a random book – as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. “I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw ‘gently weeps’, then laid the book down again and started the song.”
Rolling Stone Magazine rated the song #136 on their list 500 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time, #7 on 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, and #10 on The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs.
In 2012, it was also voted the best of Harrison-Beatle Era songs on a Guitar World magazine online poll. So what do you think? Is this your favorite Harrison song?
So I was talking to a friend last night on messenger and they randomly say, “Tonight’s the night!!” and I’m like huh? Then I responded with a link to the video in today’s post. I always do that – take what people say and remember a song with the same title. I’m not really fan of Rod Stewart’s music but I know a lot of people visit here and maybe they are! So here’s to Rod for today’s post…
Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) was released as a single in May of 1976 from his seventh album, A Night on the Town. Interestingly enough, the song was banned on British radio stations due to it’s suggestive lyrics. The lyrics are about a girl who’s never been intimate before and the guy wants to be with her.
In the United States, the single went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in August of 1976. It also went to #3 in Australia.
The female vocalist in the song was his girlfriend at the time, Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland.