Shuffle Better: Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty.

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Shuffle Better: Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty.

Shuffle Better: Sharing tracks in various categories that I hope you might enjoy, and that will improve (I hope) your ipod shuffling.

Baker Street is a soft-rock classic with a whole lot of real-life pain behind the lyrics, written by the tragic Gerry Rafferty. I have loved this song since I first heard it through my Dad’s turntable in Calgary as a kid. The music is fantastic – you can tell you are listening to people who have been playing a long time – totally in the pocket and in time. As years went by, hearing it playing in a mall or via passing car, the lyrics became more a reflection of my own life, and I later discovered Rafferty and I shared an addiction to alcohol. I was fortunate, and got sober. He wasn’t, and it killed him. Addiction is serious business, and if I believed there were a devil, it would surely be his.

The lyrics are below, but it’s best heard over the great playing of the musicians, and through the world-weary voice of Rafferty himself. I have also included a few notable covers of the classic below, by Waylon Jennings and The Foo Fighters, respectively. I hope you enjoy it.

Baker Street 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 taking you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it had 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 lad 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 who 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 there’s a quiet little town
And forget about everything

But you know he’ll always keep movin’
You know he’s never gonna stop movin
Cus he’s rollin’
He’s the rollin’ stone

And when you wake up it’s a new mornin’
The sun is shinin’ it’s a new morning
You’re goin’
You’re goin’ home.

Waylon Jennings, Baker Street:

Foo Fighters, Baker Street:

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