"Baker Street" as written by and Gerry Rafferty....
Winding 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 trying, you're trying now

Another year and then you'd be happy
Just one more year and then you'd be happy
But you're crying, you're crying 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 who you've seen
And you talk about anything

He's got this dream about buying some land
He's gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he'll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about everything

But you know he'll always keep moving
You know he's never gonna stop moving
'Cause he's rolling, he's the rolling stone
And when you wake up, it's a new morning
The sun is shining, it's a new morning
And you're going, you're going home


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"Baker Street" as written by Gerald Rafferty

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  • +7
    General CommentTo answer that question from heylister - How can this be a sad song when it's so uplifting?:

    First of all, it doesn't lift me up. But I know what you mean. The music is powerful and impressive, it "rocks". The reason behind it is that the person this song is about, is depressed, he feels his life is like plastic. Emptiness. Yet he tries helplessly to find what he's missing, and he does that by going out, having fun. Hence the uplifting part. What he doesn't see, is that having fun only makes him more depressed. It enlarges the contrast. It's like having fun when you're not happy. Instant happiness, but it's fake.
    He's lonely. He tries to drink his problems away, or to find some distraction in any way by going out and partying. He - and the other person in the song -
    try to escape from their problems. They try to just walk away from it, even by moving to a quiet little town. Forget about everything. What they don't see is that the problem won't be solved by that. The problem is in themselves. You know he'll always keep movin', you know he's never gonna stop movin'.

    Everything in this song, all lines are sad. This song is depressing (to me that's a very positive thing, I need these songs sometimes..they help). I think lots and lots of people live this way, and they aren't even aware of it..
    Falconon December 01, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentLike nearly all of GRs lyrics - it's autobiographical.
    A talanted wealthy SCOT living in LONDON and hating it.BUT ..'The sun is shining, it's a new morning......going home' And boy does that sax and guirar solo make 'going home' feel GOOD
    ceadmileukon November 26, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy dad used to know Gerry quite well, he still has family where I live (Paisley, Scotland).. The song is about his friend and former bandmate Billy Connolly - the comedian - when he first left their band and moved to London.
    div76on February 20, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentPeople get trapped by their past, and trapped by desires for the future.

    This song is perfect for describing that feeling of dissatisfaction. Drinking, one-night stands, another year, giving up these things we know don't bring us happiness, all these distractions and bargains we make with ourselves. But in this very moment, happiness is always hard to come by.

    Gerry Rafferty also wrote "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealer's Wheel. Another song about limbo, emotional purgatory, indecision. I have heard these songs for decades, yet only recently understood the words and thought about their meanings. Nice.
    JayCeezyon March 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti am originaly from canada and am now living in london england. when i am on the sub way i always go by bakerstreet and all of a sudden i have the sax intro stuck in my head.
    richenbackon April 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song! Saxophone is DEEP! I mean DEEP!!!! Real powerful song, Im only 19 and heard it on the radio, and falled in love with the song.
    WhiteMagicon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song best drunken song to go nuts to pus it reminds me of the simpsons when lisa plays it
    Niamon June 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProbably the most beautiful song I've ever heard, I love it
    Pallion September 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about a guy who's come to a turning point in his life, and a conversation with a friend helps him come to a decision. First he's wandering down the street, thinking about his disillusionment with life in the big city. Then he heads toward his friend's place and they talk--not about anything specific, but just talk, like friends do. As they're talking, he looks at his friend and realizes that although the friend thinks about changing, he never will. So the guy goes home, sleeps on it, and makes the break and decides to go home. That sax solo sums it all up in music: both the big-city feel and an early-morning kind of sound that bursts forth triumphantly after the final verse. A well-put-together song, great lyrics, great music, something to mull over.
    law4on February 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment. . this song is awesome. The lyrics are as follows: the singer, he is a drug dealer, in California, USA the "city desert" . . . . how all he needs is just one more year to " be happy" - he then goes to meet his supplier - his supplier also has own dreams - to settle down in a little town and forget about everything . . . but both he and his supplier will "always keep moving" . . .moving weight, moving drugs . . . we wrote the lyrics decades ago - me and Top Duji.
    KingDujion September 27, 2010   Link

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