Somehow, I got the opening piano notes to a song stuck in my head last week, and I just could not think of what song they went with:
I tried humming the opening into Siri, but to no avail.
I scrolled through my playlist, it wasn’t any of those songs.
I mentally went through some of the songs of my favorite artists, but none of them seemed to fit the bill.
And then out of nowhere, a line from the song came back to me: “Soon be, like a man that’s on the run”.
So I searched for that phrase in Google, but the first song listed was a song by Run D.M.C., and I knew that wasn’t it. And surprisingly, none of the first 20 or so results looked familiar either.
So I then tried searching the phrase again, but this time with quotes around it.
And there it was.
From Now On, by Supertramp.
The song comes from the album Even in the Quietest Moments. which was the fifth album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in April 1977. Even in the Quietest Moments… reached number 16 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart in 1977 and within a few months of release became Supertramp’s first Gold (500,000 copies or more) selling album in the US. In addition, “Give a Little Bit” became a US Top 20 single and reached number 29 on the UK Singles Chart. While “Give a Little Bit” was the big hit, both “Fool’s Overture” and the title track also got a fair amount of FM album-rock play. In 1978, Even in the Quietest Moments… was ranked 63rd in The World Critic Lists, which recognized the 200 greatest albums of all time as voted for by notable rock critics and DJs. (Wikipedia)
It was one of my favorite albums and I listened to it quite a bit during college. As noted above, there are several great songs on the album, but From Now On was one of my favorites.
According to Songfacts, the song is about a guy who doesn’t like his job, and spends a lot of time daydreaming to make up for the monotony of his everyday existence. It’s a feeling that I am sure many of us can relate to at certain times.
What a relief it was to figure out what the song was that kept playing over and over in my head.
Without further ado, here is the song. I usually prefer to share live versions, but the ones I found just did not do justice to the song. Plus, I love the album cover as well. Piano and sax – doesn’t get much better…
Monday has come around again
I’m in the same old place
With the same old faces always watching me
Who knows how long I’ll have to stay
Could be a hundred years
Of sweat and tears
At the rate that I get paid
Sometimes I slowly drift away
From all the dull routine
That’s with me every day
A fantasy will come to me
Diamonds are what I really need
Think I’ll rob a store, escape the law
And live in Italy
Lately my luck has been so bad
You know the roulette wheel’s
A crooked deal
I’m loosing all I had
Soon be like a man that’s on the run
And live from day to day
Never needing anyone
Play hide and seek
Throughout the week
My life is full of romance
Guess I’ll always have to be
Living in a fantasy
That’s the way it’s got to be
From now on
You think I’m crazy I can see
It’s you for you, and me for me
Living in a fantasy
From now on
(lyric from AZ Lyrics)
*image from Name That Tune WIki