Sunday, November 4, 2012

Story Songs: Please Come to Boston

Dave Loggins wrote about the struggle of being a performer and trying to have a relationship in "Please Come to Boston." As we learn from the lyrics, it's next to impossible if neither side will compromise. 


In the song, the narrator makes stops in Boston, Denver and Los Angeles, and pleads with his significant other to join him on the road.

Boston:

"Please come to Boston for the spring time
I'm stayin' here with some friends
And they've got lots of room.
You can sell your paintings on the sidewalk
By a cafe where I hope to be workin' soon."

Denver:

"Please come to Denver with the snow fall.
We'll move up into the mountains so far
That we can't be found.
And throw 'I love you' echoes down the canyon
And then lie awake at night until they come back around."

And L.A.:

"Please come to L.A. to live forever
California life alone is just too hard to build.
I live in a house that looks out over the ocean.
And there's some stars that fell from the sky
And livin' up on the hill."

But each time the lover says no to her "ramblin' boy" and asks "Boy, would come home to me?" And that is followed by:

"There ain't no gold and
There ain't nobody like me.
'Cause I'm the number one fan
Of the man from Tennessee."

No doubt many people have wanted to hit the road and seek fame and fortune but were held back for personal reasons. And, as Loggins wrote and expressed so well in his singing, some probably feel heartbreak from their decision to leave someone. It's a difficult decision many of us have made in our careers.

"Please Come to Boston" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974. Loggins, who was born in Mountain City, Tenn.,  was nominated for a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance for the song.

Loggins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. His cousin is singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins.

"Please Come to Boston" lyrics


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    1. It's certainly a timeless song, a classic.

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  2. I don't understand why she didn't go with him. It's such a sad song.

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    1. I guess Mr. Loggins would have to answer that question. My guess would be that she believes happiness and contentment are found at home while the man finds fulfillment and happiness on the road. I would also think that the singer realizes that success would more likely come when he took to the road. Just my thoughts. Mr. Loggins delivery also adds to the sadness and melancholy of the song.

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