"Logical Song" as written by Richard Davies and Roger Hodgson....
When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world's asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.


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"The Logical Song" as written by Roger Hodgson Richard Davies

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    My InterpretationA serious philosophical song done in an almost whimsical way. This is one of Roger Hodgson's greatest songs, and as usual, written from the heart.

    He has doubts about everything he's learned - as it seems many English schoolchildren grew up to have in the 60's and 70's. As a child you want to believe all they tell you, but as you get older you see the inconsistencies, falsehoods, and complexity that you couldn't when you were younger.

    And then what? You've become what the system wanted you to be (a vegetable!), but what happens when you realize it's all wrong? You become an outcast, a criminal in 'polite society'. If you're not who the system wanted you to be, after all this time, who are you now?

    By the end of the song, Roger is screaming, 'who I aaaammmm....!' I am certain this song did so well, not just because of it's catchy theme, but because a lot more people ask this question than are willing to admit.
    ctlizyrdon March 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI played this song last year in may around my birthday and while it was playing i was sing along and when it got to the part where he sings please tell me who iam three times i started to cry because i was asking who am i to god and in his way he sort of told me one of my favorite songs by Roger Hodgson
    racefan12on December 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhen your a child everything is beautiful before losing innocence as you get older. As you get older and you need to be self sufficient and provide for yourself you lose some these heavenly views of the world so you're always trying to get back (this is the fantasy of the fountain of youth), some people never realize you can never go back and they don't want to be self sufficient, they want to stay children and have everyone take care of them, thus, "watch what you say they'll be calling you a liberal..."
    Into the mysticon July 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, but we don't have to be kids to see life, beautiful, wonderful, magical!! Supertramp musically inspired one of my favourite French singers Daniel Balavoine!
    Roger Hodgson has a very friendly face and smile, there's a warmth about him, he could look a bit like Jesus.
    HappyLeo7on November 07, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionThe song is more of a statement than a rebellion. Sure, we are all manipulated to be a desirable member of society but consider the opposite. If we were all not taught a common language, then we would all speak gibberish, and language takes conformity. I guess we'd all wear goat skins and so forth if it weren't for structure. Personally, I don't go running down the road screaming "I'm a vegetable" after hearing the song, but I do consider its context. We all must live in a society, but we all must be allowed to unfurl our individuality to some extent. Yet, its interesting thinking of oneself as a sole creature existing totally free of influence, though a lonely one.
    Afreezoon March 29, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think this song is talking about the dangers of conservative thinking. Like when we are young it doesn't matter what we think, because everything is beautiful and we can do no wrong. Then when we get older we have to become another cog in the system. The lines that are telling are the ones about being a fanatical criminal liberal.. those things aren't bad. Basically it's telling adults to forget what they though when they were kids and to not rock the boat. Be conservative. In away it's sorta like "Welcome to the Machine, and Money et al by Pink Floyd, AND also like A Well Respected Man by the Kinks. Taken at face value they say that's they way you should be, exploited. It's a great song, and it definetly makes you think. Super Tramp was a great band back then, and it's too bad songs like this don't get more air time.
    PTCGAZon December 31, 2012   Link

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