So I posted it here.
' Welcome to My Nightmare '
(11-11-2012, 06:34 PM)Prometheus Wrote: I went to the We are the World wiki page looked on the artist who performed the original, Saw Harry Belfonte's name, I haven't heard a track from him in some time, came across this and had to post, Both Harry & Nat are having fun with this song.
Interesting comments from the above link:
The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, "We Are the World" received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, the song garnered mixed reviews from journalists, music critics, and the public. Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track, and felt satisfied in buying "We Are the World", knowing that the money was going to charity.
"Other individuals, including many commentators in the rock press, were disappointed that the song did not challenge listeners as to why famines occur in the first place, and felt that the lyrics were self-aggrandizing." (Def. of self-aggrandizing is "exhibiting self-importance"; I don't use that word so I had to look it up).
Baker Street is a real street in London. Rafferty often stayed with a friend who lived there.
Quote: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4248 The song was the Scottish singer's first release after the resolution of legal problems surrounding the acrimonious break-up of his band Stealers Wheel in 1975. In the intervening three years, Rafferty had been unable to release any material due to disputes about the band's remaining contractual recording obligations and his friend's Baker Street flat was a convenient place to stay as he tried to extricate himself from his Stealers Wheel contracts. Rafferty explained to Martin Chilton at the Daily Telegraph: "Everybody was suing each other, so I spent a lot of time on the overnight train from Glasgow to London for meetings with lawyers. I knew a guy who lived in a little flat off Baker Street. We'd sit and chat or play guitar there through the night."
In the last verse Rafferty expresses his exhilaration as his legal and financial frustrations are finally resolved: "When you wake up it's a new morning/ The sun is shining, it's a new morning/ You're going, you're going home."
I remember listening to Baker Street when I was a boy, it was on one of my Father's "car tapes" which I found not too long ago. It's also played as the exit music for Alan Watt cutting through the maxtrix radio broadcast.
Never heard of Argent, least I can't remember them, good track.
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