The Logical Song (4:07)

Cover of The Very Best of Supertramp

From The Very Best of Supertramp and 71 other releases

“The Logical Song” is a hit single on Supertramp’s 1979 album Breakfast in America and written and sung by band member Roger Hodgson. It is one of the band’s most recognized songs.

This simple song makes use of keyboards, castanets, and a guitar break with a strong Beatles influence. The song includes a section of Hodgson “reeling off three- and four-syllable assonances” with a “schoolboy’s tongue in cheek”. Among the contemporary sound effects in this song are the ‘tackled’ sound from a Mattel digital football game, as well as the Trouble “Pop-o-matic” bubble - both popular at the time this song was released.

The lyrics are a “story of innocence and idealism lost” with Hodgson condemning an education system not focused on knowledge and sensitivity.

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