Magic by Pilot (Capitol, 1975)

This US one hit wonder hit the top 5 in the Summer of 1975. By this time I was into listening to music wherever it was playing, straining my ears to hear whatever was on and this was played a lot that year. But I think the ‘magic’ was that this was a hit at all. Look at these lyrics:

Ho, ho, ho
It’s magic, you know
Never believe it’s not so
It’s magic, you know
Never believe, it’s not so

Never been awake
Never seen a day break
Leaning on my pillow in the morning
Lazy day in bed
Music in my head
Crazy music playing in the morning light

I love my sunny day
Dream of far away
Dreaming on my pillow in the morning
Never been awake
Never seen a day break
Leaning on my pillow in the morning light

That’s it. The verses are pretty much both the same. All this song is about is a lazy dude. He’s so lazy that even though he loves a sunny day he’d rather dream about it than open he’s freakin’ eyes. So where does the magic part come in? What’s magic? Is he rubbing it in that musician’s love to get up at the crack of noon? Is he secretly Santa? Is he keeping his pimphand strong?

BTW: After I wrote this post, I got into my car, turned on the XM 70s channel and this song started playing. Now that’s magic.

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  1. T.G.

     /  December 8, 2017

    First 45 I ever bought. I was 6 in the summer of ‘75 and was already a huge top 40 fan.

  2. W.B.

     /  September 18, 2021

    By the time “Magic” hit its peak in the U.S., they were on their third or so hit in their native UK. This had hit Top 10 late in 1974 over there; meanwhile in 1975 they had a #1 with a song called “January” – which reached its peak in February. Go figure.

    One irony was later in ’75 when they and Olivia Newton-John appeared on a UK flexi disc issued as a promo tie-in with one of the music papers. Why the irony? Why, her doing another “Magic” five years later.

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