Baker Street Lyrics - Gerry Rafferty

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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 tryin', you're tryin' now

Another year and then you'd be happy
Just one more year and then you'd be happy
But you're cryin', you're cryin' now

Way down the street there's a light on 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 in some 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 the rollin' 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 review! | Reviewer: Daisy Mae Young | 9/28/14

I love the lyrics of this song! It's my favorite song of all time! It's a true classic song. The woman can't change him and make him style down for her. He's a 'Rollin' stone' a rover in other words. I knew a guy like this back in high school. I used to think I could change him, never did. I left him! I love how honest Gerry Rafferty is about things in this song. He actually did some jail time, he said so himself. I recommend it to anyone who loves true classic rock!!

Jars of clay cover | Reviewer: scott | 9/20/13

check on youtube for jars of clay cover for baker street way better than any other cover ive heard hehehehe:) they use a four beat rock rythym and heavy overdrive for guitars and base making the song sound harder and more alive

A beautiful song with simple lyrics | Reviewer: Thom | 8/14/13

While this is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs written recently - again proof that 'pop' music can be as wonderful as anything 'classical' (and I love that music too), the lyrics are simple.

Take a walk down Baker Street - or get off at the tube station there. It is a borderland between the London the world sees and its suburbs and the country beyond. And it is "a light in his place" not a "lad in his place". Alcohol clearly plays a part in the song, but the song is not sexual, much more emotional, and deep emotions about wanting more than the streets of gold London and the dream world beyond seems to offer. Now re-read the lyrics. A tired man, from an industrial town in Scotland, who's dreams are being pulled apart, coming back to talk through the night with a friend (and a bottle or too).

I've been there, had too much booze, and tried and cried; now a lot older and maybe a little wiser. I've also tried the bit of land bit. (Didn't work out).

I love this song and I know a lot of people understand exactly what Mr. Rafferty says.... And the sax solo - well it tops it off.

In 100 years time I think this song will survive, along with the best of some others. It might be a specialist taste, but 3 generations hence lets see!

Dreary & overplayed | Reviewer: Sean | 5/31/13

Hate this song with a passion. When I was a kid I liked the guitar solo because it sounded like Ace Frehley (didn't know any better than to be a Kiss fan like most other 70's kids), now it sounds so cliche. Yeah and the Foo Fighters' cover sucks too (done "loud-quiet-loud" style, no longer a novelty since it's NOT 1990 ANYMORE).

Financial Peace | Reviewer: CJ | 1/24/13

This song plays as the into to Dave Ramsey's radio program. He himself was in bad strights and figured out how to get out. It makes me sad because I am trying hard to get out of my mess and then I hear this song played by a guy who's been there but from the other side.

Such a sad song... | Reviewer: Andy Tong | 11/10/12

I was eight when this song came out and, as someone else said above, the words made me feel sad even though I loved the song. They still make me sad to this day. For me these lyrics carry a sense of great loss and loneliness.

All of us | Reviewer: Estle | 10/26/12

No wonder we love it. It's a great song about all of us. Baker street is every street and road. It's about every dream, every failure, every addiction we want to be free from but can't seem to live without, and every candid talk with a friend. The home we go to at nght and the one we dream of some place better than where we are. The hope for a better day tomorrow. So we keep going on, rolling stones, longing for a better home in a quiet, peace'full place. Thank GOD it's waiting for me and I'm not alone. Thanks for putting it to music Gerry.

Brings about many emotions | Reviewer: Paulsgal | 9/5/12

My mother played this song on a 45 many times over during my childhood. I didn't know or understand the lyrics but it made me feel sadness but I still liked it. I lost the love of my life to a battle with alcohol. Truly alcohol destroys lives. It took his and left mine full of heartache. This song reminds me of him and all who suffer with this battle. Thank you Gerry for your honest emotion stirring lyrics. I know you are resting in peace.

Makes me want to drink! | Reviewer: Finnbar Owens | 8/25/12

Give up the booze and the one night stands, says it all surely. I think Rafferty was writing about himself. After all, he did eventually accept his alcoholism and tried to settle down, " In Ireland of all places ".

Angels be with him | Reviewer: Sanya | 7/2/12

Whatever demons he wrestled with, only he knew them well. We all come from different places, some of us carry a heavy baggage. To be able to express the pain of your very soul the way he did, it takes bravery and talent. May he rest in peace, since he could not find a heaven here....

Baker Street | Reviewer: Ronnie. | 2/28/12

I'm amazed at some of the interpretations of this.
First of all just enjoy a masterful song for what it is, it is a perfect blend, music and emotion that has stood the test of time and will continue to be a classic.
Second, the lyric is pretty obvious, Gerry Rafferty was well known to write about what he knew, what was happening to him and what he observed. It isn't fiction or political it is about someone who has been disappointed at the direction their life has taken. It is a song about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence.
To me it says that Gerry Rafferty enjoyed the music, thought he'd make a go of being successful at it and then came to realise that what he was happy with was music, not being a success.
Gerry Rafferty, a fine talent, immortalised with his music, sadly missed.

linda m | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/9/12

when I first heard this song on the radio back in 1978 it got to my very soul. Wow what a musical masterpiece. The way the guitar and sax were in perfect harmony!!1978 was a bad year for me but this song made me think about how I needed to change my own life around thank you gerry rafferty...

Baker St NOT about a Girl Leaving: It's About London Rock Failing | Reviewer: Kirk G | 11/4/11

According to Wikipedia, Gerry Rafferty was in the process of breaking off with Stealers Wheel and "Everyone was suing everyone"... so he was spending a lot of time commuting to London, and meeting with Lawyers. After a day of trial and meetings, and negotiations, he would frequently crash at a friend's pad... and as a result, they'd "talk about anything". At the end of the song, the legal fighting is over, and so his spirits lift cause he's going home again. The song expresses Gerry's dissatisfaction with the Rock & Roll music world of London. He's fed up, and weary, and wants to go home.

For years, I thought it was a story of a waitress walking home after work, and finding her boyfriend high, not getting anywhere, not moving forward, but spinning his wheels and wasting her time. But in the ending, she's resolved to leave him, leave the city, and make a break in her life. She's going home...

I was totally wrong, as it turns out, but it still speaks to me every time I hear it.

Its obvious you loons! | Reviewer: Hajil Banyan | 9/2/11

Baker Street is obviously about Dr Watson and his sordid cohabtation with Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was always claiming he was ging to give up the cottaging and heroine but as soon as Watson came back to him hed back playing with his "violin" as he called it.

But seriously, someone says its subtly gy: wheres the subtlety, in a song about a guy who calls on another guy and spends the night with him? How more obviously gay can it be?

I caannot believe some of the clueless comments on here. Some people twist any song to mean whats on ther mind. Like the one who interprets it as a neo-Marxist critique of "our unsatisfatory lives in Western societies" (speak for yourself, loser). As for it being a statement against going to college and getting a steeady job...doh! Its not people who go to college and get a steady job who run off to the big ciy thinking that youll get quick fame and fortune, as the song says "
And it's taken you so long to find out you were wrong, When you thought it held everything"

Au contraire, its those who reject the humdrum to chase their dreams that the song is patently about. Like the young woman whose run off to London to become a star and I wish would come back to me....! (True Story Moment).

Bwah! (saxophone wails).

Miss you Gerry | Reviewer: Tony | 7/25/11

It's not officially summer time until Baker Street plays...this song has been special to me since I was a child hearing it for the first time in 1978 I was 9 years old. It still gives me the chills when I hear that sax play..... long live Baker Street, long live Gerry...!


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