Originally recorded by: Gerry Rafferty
Windin' your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well another crazy day
You'll drink the night away
And forget about everything
This city desert makes you feel so cold.
It's got so many people but it's got no soul
And it's taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything
You used to think that it was so easy
You used to say that it was so easy
But you're tryin'
You're tryin' now
Another year and then you'll be happy
Just one more year and then you'll be happy
But you're cryin'
You're cryin' now
Way down the street there's a light in his place
He opens the door he's got that look on his face
And he asks you where you've been
You tell him what you've seen
And you talk about anything
He's got this dream about buyin' some land
He's gonna give up the booze and the one night stands
And then he'll settle down in a quiet little town
And forget about everything
But you know he'll always keep movin'
You know he's never gonna stop movin
Cause he's rollin'
He's a rollin' stone
And when you wake up it's a new mornin'
The sun is shinin' it's a new mornin'
And you're goin'
You're goin' home
(total playing time 6:32)
Song Facts: This can be found on The Day After Yesterday. Rick performed this song with a sax player at the concert in Rockford, IL on February 18, 2005
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According to US
Baker Street is like religion in my house...it is not just a song, it is a hymn.
When I first heard that it was going to be on TDAY, I was in two minds. I was either going to LOVE it because here is a favorite song sung by a favorite singer, or I was going to hate it as it did not compare well to the original.
I was wrong.
I am really kind of (sadly) either apathetic, neutral, or maybe even ambivalent...one of those words is right, I just have not decided which is MORE right.
I don't dislike Rick's version - far from it. I do enjoy listening to it and appreciate the fact that he did not decide to do anything silly to screw it up. However, I am not in love (no pun intended) with it.
I think the problem is that it is a little flat and a little bland. There is nothing there for me to really sink my teeth into, so as much as I love the song, I am disappointed that I am not just blown away with what Rick was able to do with it. I can't put my finger on exactly WHAT I WANT him to do with it as I really did not want him to change it too much, I guess I just expected it to be amazing, and what it really is is more akin to not bad.
I do LOVE the sax in the song. I can tell a definite difference between the TDAY version and the original when I hear that incredible saxophone blowing in the background. I wish I heard the same energy in Rick's voice as I hear in the sax...
I think (and this is just speculation) that when I first heard these songs as described by Rick as songs he LOVED, I assumed he'd sound like he loved them more on the album. He certainly sounds like he likes signing Baker Street, but I was hoping to hear him sound as in love with the song as I am.
In short, it is still Rick, and that it a good thing...but it is more of an average good than the outstanding I was really praying for. I think what solidifies the deal for me is that all things considered, no matter how much I adore Rick, on this one, I'd still rather hear the original...and I hate having to admit that. I wish I didn't have to.
- Anna C.