Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street Meaning
Song Released: 1978
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Baker Street Lyrics
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well another crazy day
You 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...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 17th 2007 report
I see this as sort of a coming of age song-about a young man finding, or figuring out his way in life. The first verse finds him walking home after a night of drinking. He thinks that last year at this time, he thought he'd be somewhere else by now, not here. He thought it would be easy to get out whenever he wanted-"just one more year, and then you'll be happy."
He then happens upon the residence of a friend, an older friend, and he realizes that his friend was once young, and thought that he, too, would be somewhere better, different. But, his dream about buying land and giving up booze and settling down never came to fruition, and the young narrator knows that it will never happen, just as his dreams of moving onto a new chapter in life will never come true.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jul 1st 2009 report
Baker Street was and is a hip area in London known for young,stylish and fast living. This song explores the emptiness and the vacuousness of such a lifestyle.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Aug 16th 2014 report
It is a song about a woman who is passing young age, probably entering her 30's. She used be able to pick up anyone she wanted but is no longer finding it so easy to do as she gets older. She keeps seeing a guy who is a player who keeps talking about giving up drinking and one night stands. She keep hoping he will change. He never does. That's why he is a "Rolling Stone". She hopes he will change but he doesn't. The next morning, she is heading home after sleeping with him and she is finally realizing he won't change and she has given up her best years on a guy who will never become what she hope he will be. The whole song talks about her realization of this... It's a pretty clear story. Don't know why so many get it all so wrong...
anonymous May 20th report
People are seriously confused or simply don't read the lyrics. This song is about BOTH a man and a woman it is about a COUPLE who want different things. The guy promises they will get a quiet place in the country "one day" and forget about everything. But that day never arrives and she continues to hope they will move to that place but she ends up sleeping with him at his place in the city every single time and going home alone AGAIN. SO it is about explaining to this woman that this guy is never gonna change . He promises he will find a nice place in the country and settle down with her but it is never going to happen because he is a drifter and he is not ready or wanting to settle down with anyone.
anonymous May 6th report
"You" in this song is a woman who is disillusioned with life in a big city and trapped by her love for a man who has been stringing her along with false promises. "He" in this song is her lover, "the rolling stone". Try to see things his way, too: the big city may be a desert, but a small town is a swamp. This song really captures the existential angst of our times...
anonymous Feb 20th 2018 report
I kind of had the feeling that the person in the song was perhaps a high-flyer in banking possibly in London and used drink as his escape, as so many did/do (Another crazy day at share trading?) He has money as he considers buying some land and moving to a quiet little town. He used to think it was so easy (making money) but he finds he is sad. Is the person he goes to visit his dad? He is ready to be a listening ear and opens the door to him even when it's dark and maybe quite late?
anonymous May 10th 2017 report
Here is my pedestrian interpretation: It most likely refers to the Baker Street in London because Rafferty was born in Scotland and spent a lot of time in London. And It's obviously about drinking to excess because that is what Rafferty did all his life and what eventually killed him. In short these are the lamentations of a dyed in the wool (I have no desire to and will never ever stop drinking) alcoholic the morning after an all night bender.
anonymous Feb 5th 2016 report
Sad. I'm not surprised that so many have interpreted the song with a mind and soul half full of discernment. Yes, two lives judged as wasted on empty promises and misguided choices. Maybe, the song infers a sense of hope, a belief in faith and a dream to be a better person. Or not.
anonymous Jan 4th 2014 report
I was always told very matter-of-fact that the reference to Baker Street was the main downtown street of Nelson, BC in Canada, a very hip place for musicians and cultures of all stripes, especially draft-dodgers, hippies, and spiritual wanderers from all over the world from the 60's to 80's and that he had been there at one time. Still a pretty cool place to hang out to this day.
anonymous May 17th 2012 report
беспредел .. подписываюсь что я Миронов Олег Михайлович (Москвич 1959 г.р.) действительно гнида, трус и мягко говоря врун . :)))юность весна-лето 2008 Карл ,крайний николай николаевич, кретов евгений владимирович, соматин Арам,собаки жизнь земля Иллеш Бренд Тимченко Дремлюга - замечательный человек Стандрик Сечин Яхты умные вещи Настя Заворотнюк скрытый нацизм . Якименко , Крайний , ЧМ-2018 НЛО яхтинг ВОВ ! оптовый рыбный рынок google с 10.12.2002г. – 01.07.2003г.. заместитель генерального директора Группы компаний Доброслав; Казахстан ,
А еще я Миронов О.М. 1959 тупой г0вн0блоггер и редкий мудак !
anonymous Jan 13th 2012 report
Gerry rafferty had so much talent song writer singer etc. Was part of my teen years. Alcohol has a firm grip on your life, it becomes your life, and gerry fell because of the booze. Alot of his songs menthion alcohol. It ruled his life then it took his life. What a waste
anonymous Nov 16th 2011 report
It's about a person from a bad part of their town and they can't get out 'cause they have a drinking problem and the love of their life can't settle down.
anonymous Mar 29th 2011 report
It's a homo-erotic ballad about the lust Sherlock Holmes felt for Dr. Watson.
anonymous Jan 6th 2011 report
According to Wikipedia..
The irony of the success of "Baker Street" was that the lyrics reflected Rafferty’s disenchantment with certain elements of the music industry. This was elaborated by music journalist Paul Gambaccini for BBC World News:
“ His song "Baker Street" was about how uncomfortable he felt in the star system, and what do you know, it was a giant world hit. The album City to City went to no. 1 in America, and suddenly he found that as a result of his protest, he was a bigger star than ever. And he now had more of what he didn’t like. And although he had a few more hit singles in the United States, by 1980 it was basically all over, and when I say ‘it’, I mean basically his career, because he just was not comfortable with this. ”
anonymous Jan 5th 2011 report
Baker Street is written about Ian Campbell who was a good friend of Gerry's and played guitar with him.
anonymous Sep 13th 2007 report
Baker street is in fact a reference to a bakers shop in the Stobswell area of Dundee called Wallaces. When Rafferty stayed in the area he and a friend were regular customers. The street is actually called Dura street but that doesn't scan as well.
Very famous and well known saxophone solo, the song is about a man who wishes to make a better life for it, but he never can because he keeps on "drinking the night away" he is tired of London and he keeps "winding his way back to Baker Street" he seems to never be able to have any direction because he is simply a rolling stone
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