BEETHOVEN STREET
 
(Words and Music by Rick Springfield )


Baby used to be a rock n roller
In the night time
She used to use all of my money
To have a good time

I gave her plenty of good times
She gave me plenty of heartaches, yea
Cause she was planning a getaway

Oh take me to Beethoven Street
That's where I wanna be
Yeah take me 
To Beethoven Street
That's where I want to be
Baby's given up rock n roll
And I can hardly keep control
Take me to Beethoven Street
Mister I want to be there

Who cut the power on you baby
I just don't know, I don't know
Who pulled the switch to her heartbeat
She wouldn't let me know
But I gave her plenty of good times
She gave me plenty of heartaches, yea
She was planning a getaway

Take me to Beethoven Street
That's where I want to be, yea
Take me to Beethoven Street
Mister I want to be there

Who cut the power on you baby
I just don't know, I don't know
Who pulled the switch to her heartbeat
She wouldn't let me know
I gave her plenty of good times
She gave me plenty of heartaches, yea
But she was planning a getaway

Take me to Beethoven Street
That's where I want to be
Take me to Beethoven Street
That's where I want to be
Take me to Beethoven Street
Take me to Beethoven Street
Take me to Beethoven Street 

Song Facts: This is from the unreleased "Springfield" LP

According to US

I have to say…it took me about 3 or 4 listens before I got a feel for this song. My first initial reaction was, "huh? I don't know about this." But sometimes a song is that way. It just takes a few times to "get into it." Now that I've given it a fair chance and some more listening, I think I can give it a review.

This song is really not bad for the time it was written. I don't know that I'd call it a favorite Rick song though. I remember as a child, I always liked the Beethoven Symphony's. My mom had some Beethoven on album she would play from time to time. I find that cool that Rick included a Beethoven piece in one of his early songs.

What I gather from this song: a lot of heartache. Just like he says, "she gave me plenty of heartaches…cause she was planning a getaway." (she was leaving him! Don't ask me why though!) It seems Rick suffered 100's of heartaches early on. The music appears happy & cheerful, but underneath it reflects a lot of pain. I'm not sure if he meant it in the literal sense, but it sounds as if this woman used to love to rock & roll (and rock and roll guys), and then her musical tastes changed. (?) Or has she found someone else? I am not sure. Maybe he wants to share her musical interests & remain a part of her life, so he's saying take me to "Beethoven Street." I really don't know what he's getting at here…this is simply a guess. Or maybe she lives on a street named Beethoven Street. LOL Only Rick knows for sure where this came from!

I like the music & I love the Aussie accent! I also like the little high-pitched "know" he says shortly after the symphony music. Man his voice! Overall, this is a pretty decent song in my book, but I do not like it nearly as well as the other songs I have from the Springfield LP. - Kelley Pearson


This song sounds like it would fit on Comic Book Heroes or Mission Magic. I just can't decide which one it goes more with...it sounds like a cross between the two. I do like this one, though. I would have to listen to it a lot to really let it grow on me, but I think it would. The only parts of it that are questionable are that symphony part and the funky sounding disco music part. That is sooo not Rick music to me, but I guess he liked it to add that in there. I think overall it's a pretty good song. Maybe it will show up on an LE one day.
~Amy L. 


I have never heard this song before so it was like listening to a new release for me. I like the music and how Rick inserted the symphony into the song. Don't ask me which one, I know nothing about classical music. I thought it was interesting to put that in as the song is essentially a pop/rock song. It worked very well. For some reason when it first started to play it reminded me of the sound of some of the music on "Wait for Night". The song sounds like it is about another failed relationship, but he can always go back to Beethoven Street. Beethoven Street being that place in Rick's head where he goes to write. I think the statement is that Writing = Therapy. I don't know, maybe it's crazy, but that is the feeling I got from this song. - Elizabeth S.