Gerry Rafferty sealed his fate with this big smash from 1978. It would have gone to #1 if not for Shadow Dancing hogging the top spot for 7 weeks. Even that rippin’ sax solo by Raphael Ravenscroft couldn’t kick out baby Gibb, although it made tons people buy saxophones and take up lessons. This song made Gerry an international superstar, which he reacted by shunning concerts and promotion. Nevertheless Gerry lived off the royalties until he passed away last month after years of alcohol abuse.
The song reflects upon someone who realizes their life and where they are was not what they thought it would be, but they have hope that maybe it will change in a year or so. At the time Gerry wrote this he was going through a major lawsuit which had been keeping from releasing new material. His pain, our pleasure.
The second verse seems to told in 3rd person from the perspective of a woman, most likely scorned or at least abandoned. The carousing drunk guy comes home guilty and promises it’ll never happen again. But the woman know this is bullshit, but again hopes things will change. Or at least can pretend they will with each sunny new morning.
So to recap, Baker Street is a song about someone who hates their life, so they drink and screw around. Which made Gerry Rafferty a big hit and very rich. Which made him hate his life and drink and screw around. VH1s Behind the Music will return after these messages…..