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Do You Feel Like We Do by Peter Frampton

Album: Frampton's CamelReleased: 1973Charted:
  • This song is about a hangover. Frampton would often write from experience, and at the time he was experiencing the effects of a night of drinking.

    When he woke up that morning there was a wine glass by his bed, and he wondered how it got there ("Whose wine? What wine? Where the hell did I dine?").

    Still hungover, Frampton went to rehearsal and somehow remembered some chords he was playing the night before on his acoustic guitar. The band hashed out the tune and told Frampton to come up with some lyrics, to which he replied, "I can't, I have a really bad hangover." His bandmates told him to just write about that, which he did.
  • After forming Humble Pie in 1969, Peter Frampton left the band in 1971 and embarked on a solo career. "Do You Feel Like We Do" was released in 1973 on his second album, which was named after his backing group, Frampton's Camel.

    This version runs 6:32, but was often extended during live shows where the band would do lots of improvisations during the song, often with Frampton scat singing parts of it. Always a crowd favorite, Frampton kept refining the song, which was recorded live on November 22, 1975 during a sold-out show at Memorial Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh. This recording was included on the 1976 landmark double album Frampton Comes Alive, which shot Frampton to stardom and became the best-selling live album ever, at least until live albums by Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles surpassed it.
  • On the live version, Frampton used a talkbox, a device hooked up to his guitar amp that allowed him to make distorted vocal sounds through a tube in his mouth. Other groups had success with the device around that time (Aerosmith used it on "Sweet Emotion" the year before), but Frampton became most associated with it thanks to his talkbox solo on this song.

    Frampton it to a whole new level: every time he formed words, the crowd went nuts, especially when he sounded out "I want to thank you," which came out sounding like "I want to f--k you." Soon, teenagers were crafting homemade talkboxes to imitate Frampton, often learning lessons on the dangers of electricity along the way.
  • Frampton Comes Alive was conceived as a single album taken from a show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on June 14, 1975. When Jerry Moss, the head of Frampton's record company, heard it, he decided it should be a double album and commissioned a mobile recording for Frampton's Plattsburgh show and another one at the Long Island Arena.

    The album was wildly successful, and even though "Do You Feel Like We Do" was three years old, it was still new to most listeners who were just discovering Frampton. "Show Me The Way" (which also featured a talkbox) and "Baby I Love Your Way" were the first singles released from the album (the studio versions of both songs appear on Frampton's 1975 self-titled album), followed by "Do You Feel Like We Do." Releasing three singles from a live album was unprecedented, but all three were hits, with "Show Me The Way" making #6 US and "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaking at #12.
  • The live version runs 14:15, and when Frampton toured to support the album, it would often extend to 20 minutes. Played as the last song before the encore, Frampton would leave the for a while during the instrumental passage, then return for the big finish. Disc jockeys often used it as a chance to grab a smoke or go to the bathroom.
  • This was the only song on the Frampton's Camel album that was written by the entire band: keyboard player Mick Gallagher, bass player Rick Wills, and drummer John Siomos, who had recently replaced Mike Kellie. The other original songs on the album were written entirely by Frampton, except for "All Night Long," which he wrote with Gallagher.
  • Frampton has always stressed the communal nature of this song: he sees it as a crowd participation number, with the audience as much a part of it as the band. After the first verse, the crowd would often take over on vocals and pick up on Frampton's gestures as he would point to emphasize the "you" in the title.
  • The live version of this song was a godsend to disc jockeys, who could put it on and take a 14-minute cigarette break (to give the voice that nice raspy sound). There were lots of FM rock stations with a freeform or album-oriented format at the time who eagerly played the track, and in some cases the entire album.
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Comments: 62

According to Joe Walsh in a Guitar Player magazine interview a couple of decades ago, Frampton "owes him one" because Walsh was the one who lent him the talk box. According to Walsh, PF made a whole bunch of money using said effect and not once thanked Walsh for it. I personally do not hold that against PF. I'm just thankful that he came up with such an awesome rock anthem. About DYFLWD backlash? There will always be backlash against any song that got satuaration radio airplay in its time. Its analogous to being force-fed your favorite food; anyone will eventually get sick of it. But the reason this song got played to death is because its a great song. Like all good rock anthems, it connects with us on a primitive emotional level, tells a good story, builds up mega suspense, then slams you with a fantastic climax. Its the old school form of modern day EDM "drop".Norm - Orange County, Ca
For those having trouble with the line, "Drove into a taxi, bent the boot, hit the back", the "boot" is what British people call that part of a car which Americans call the "trunk".David - Detroit
On September 12th 1976, "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #77; and on November 7th, 1976 it peaked at #10 {for 2 weeks} and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
Was the last track on his double-disc live album, 'Frampton Comes Alive!', and on April 4th, 1976 the album peaked at #1 {for 10 non-consecutive weeks} on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "Show Me the Way" {peaked at #6} and "Baby, I Love Your Way" {reached #12}...
In seven months on April 22nd, 2015 he will become eligible* for Medicare, for he will turn 65 years old on that day...
* He became a U.S. citizen in 2004.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Recently disovered this song and am strung out addicted,already. My kingdom for 15 minutes alone listening to this through my Bose AE2i headphones and a cigaretteEvelyn - Phoenix, Az
mike, from luvshuk, the only difference between you and me (besides the obvious) is that im fourteen, and my dad is a little older, but knows more about rock than me. he taught me a lot of what i know about it.Dusty - St. Louis, Mo
At around 3:21 does someonefrom the crowd say "Illinois"?J - Chicago, Il
Although the song title is Do You Feel Like We Do, the lyrics are "..I Do" not "...We Do". He does sing "..Like We Do" on the live version during the talk box solo. Go figure.Ah - Tampa Bay, Fl
Mercedies, Soldotna, AK, I agree with you. I'm 13 and i know more about rock and roll than my dad does and he's 50.Mike - Luvshuck, Pa
To Rob from MN:
Boot is the British word trunk/back of the car.
Jenny - Dayton, Oh, Oh
Look at Stanley play the bass!! His relative played keyboards in the Dream Weaver Tour summer/fall 1976 same tour (Gary and Peter), My friend Mark knew and knows them both from the Tommy Bolin Tribute Concert of December 1976 to help Tommy's family. Mark and Stan's relative were in Tommy's band. Summer 1976 was fantastic!!Belinda - Cresskill, Nj
this song rocks on guitar hero five i got a 568 note streakJordan - Liberty City, Tx
One thing I never did figure out, then or now, straight or xripping, is what "bent the boot" means......??!! Tripped on the taxi door and crashed into the back seat? A thing I have done a time or two in similar conditions to Petes.....Rob - Isle, Mn
Yeah. I freakin' like Frampton. I believe that this is on the dazed and confused soundtrack cd but I could be wrong. I've been wrong plenty of times (according to my girlfriend). Whenever I hear this song it makes me wanna roll a joint, pop open an ice-cold can of cheap brew, and turn the volume up as loud as it can go (without blowing out the cheap-ass speakers ofcourse. I should start playing this song every weekend around 4:20. I think most of you know what I am talking about so no explanation is needed. Sorry for the extra long post I'm kinda juiced up right now on Megabucks coffee, some Xanax, and a couple of uppers. (Don't judge me man and I won't judge you)...=)Joel - Kenosha, Wi
He changed the 'Black coat, Black tails...never fails' lyric quite a bit. Anything from blue coat, blue tails...to peach coat, peach tails.

A 'Sherman' is a Nat Sherman, guessing he's talking about their cigars, could be the cigs. Nat Sherman is HIGH dollar smoking. The entire song is about the eccentricities and lavish lifestyle of RnR.
Mazzy - Colorado, Co
I'm sorry, but....this song and 'FreeBird' might easily be the two MOST overrated songs in Rock 'n' Roll. Ever. They're not bad, but for the love of phuckin' GOD already, there's other bands, other songs that are FAR more deserving iconoclastic stature than this. As somebody else pointed out, it's been PLAYED TO DEATH.

And they're right about the Talk Box being a dangerous instrument. I once inhaled whilst playing and my nutsack filled up like a balloon. I had to wear clownpants for three days.
Mike - Matawan, Nj
A SHERMAN was/is simply a brand of cigarettes. They were natural cigarettes that were long and skinny, and came in cardboard boxes rather than in regular packs. No PCP was involved!Joe - Dallas, Tx
I met Frampton and interviewed him live when I was in radio years ago. Let me assure you, he DID NOT intend to say I want to thank you. It is what it sounds like.Thomas - Somerville, Al
what a great classic song! love it and the talk box helps a lot too lolBill - Waco, Tx
The lyrics on the FCA version of this song are Peach Top, Peach Tails, never fails. It's a reference to a top hat and tails. In the live performance from the Record Plant 1975 he sings, White Top, White Tails, never fails. In a video on Youtube from 2007 he sings, grey top,blue jeans, tails, never fails. You guessed it, that's what he was wearing at the show, minus the tails.Will - Jackson, Ms
Hey don't forget that Jeff Beck used the talk box too.Can find it on the Beck Bogert & Appice live in Japan 2 LP set.Bassist Tim Bogert blurts out to Beck prior to the start of the song,"don't spit in the tube Jeff".John - Jasper, Canada
Do... you, YOU! Feel like I do??!!

One of my favourite songs!
Katie - Melbourne, Australia
I totally love this song. The talkbox is my favorite guitar effect ever, and I am currently in the process of making my own talkbox!Ryan - Farmer City, Il
"Quite possibly the most dangerous effect a guitar player uses...."- Michael, Summerdale, AL

Michael, who did your research? I have used a talk box professionally since 1993 without one incident. Sound waves can no more fill your lungs with air any more than a vibrator can sever a limb. The air moves in two directions so there is no danger in my direct experience. Cheers.
Scotsman Lerxt - Anchorage, Ak
Quite possibly the most dangerous effect a guitar player uses. If not used correctly, it can backfill your lungs and throat with air. Not life threatening that I know of, but it sure hurts when you inhale with that tube in you mouth.
The device uses a small preamp and a driver type speaker, enclosed in an airtight box. When turned on, it diverts the signal from the stage amp to the devices amp and speaker. It then travels up the tube and is contorted into vocalities by the users mouth. That in turn is amplified by the microphone the player is using.
Michael - Summerdale, Al
Also - they were smoking massive amounts of shermans dipped back in the 70's - as a matter of fact, that is when the trend was most popular! However, I do doubt that PF did massive amounts of any substances - there is no way he could have been as creative and polished as he was.Christopher - Baltimore, Md
Okay - the original recording (and I know this because I am old engough to hear the original) said "fruitcup, cocktails, never fails" - I also heard they changed it because of the reference to alcohol.Christopher - Baltimore, Md
Listening now as I type. Lyrics are on PF site. "...for breakfast AND a sherman in my hand." Also I don't think it's Peached up, peached ale...lyrics on PF site have ***** (5 asterisks). ***** top, ***** tails, never fails." I like how a few lyric websites take Joe Blow's feedback...you have to know that he's British and his accent does come through in a few spots in the vocals, like "and a sherman" v. "had a sherman" "peached" v "*****" which I think might be bit*h. Friend got busted, "drove INTO a taxi" not "drove him to a taxi." "Bent the boot, hit the back" v "bent the boot, hit the bag." And finally "had to play some music otherwise he'd crack" v. "had to play some music, wonder why he's brag or drag."

Just wanted to clarify. AWESOME tune though.

Check out youtube and find the DYFLWD on Guitar Hero video game...don't play the game but playing on guitar is wicked enough...check out the key/button strokes you have to do to complete the song on GUITAR HERO successfully, it's insane. I can't believe someone can accomplish it.
Roger - Blaine, Mn
I was actually present at the live taping of "Do You Feel Like We Do" in November of 1975 at the State Univ. of New York at Plattsburgh in Memorial Hall. There was a comment made about the
fact that the crowd seemed like they were up on stage with PF during this recording and that is not too far from the truth. Memorial Hall was a pretty small theater on campus and to be honest with you the friends that I was with that night didn't even realize that this song was being used on PF's upcoming live album. We were yelling Frampton's name as loud as we could and we all swear that we can actually hear ourselves on the album! It was a great night and one that I will probably never forget even 30 years later!!!
John - Vancouver, Canada
It is the best party song I have ever heard. The Mobile Fidelity version is mind boggling. From an era long gone and missed!!!Terry - Chicago, Il
Bob Mayo on the keyboards, Bob Mayo.
Fender Rhodes & yes, even a Hammond Organ with Leslie(speakers)...
This was cool to see & hear back in the day !
tommy gee
Tommy - Machesney Park, Il
I'm listening to the song right now. I am probably one of the only people my age that I know of that knows the meaning of this song, or even who Peter Frampton is. I personally think that kids these days should have a rock appreciation class that should be mandatory. This song is a phenominal classic. Everyone should listen to it. I love Peter Frampton! I'm so glad my parents love the classics!!Mercedies - Soldotna, Ak
In late 2007, Frampton started appearing in television ads for Geico insurance, using the talkbox to sell insurance, finishing up with "Do you feel like we all do?" He's spoofing himself, just like he did with the Simpsons episode.

On other notes, no, FCA is -not- a studio production, as is rumoured. There are a number of concert albums from this same period that used state-of-the-art recording boards, e.g. Yessongs.

And, speaking from experience, we did not dip our Shermans in PCP in the mid-'70s; they were just trendy, expensive cigarettes that came in a variety of fifi colours. Waking up with a champagne and a Sherman was a way for rich folk to wake up from a hangover. It had nothing to do with PCP usage.
Paula - Seattle, Wa
A friend of mine who is a musician himself and also does music production swears FCA is a studio production from first note to last.....I have to admit it does appear to be way too slick...but I don't think so......Mike - Townsend, De
To Chris/Sacramento
Ive also heard from another source that the lyrics are "Peach Top, Peach tails...never fails"
But Im not too sure
Chris - Waterloo, Canada
Did ANYONE see Frampton in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1977 (I think)
J. Geils band opened for him
Im trying to find info/video/archives on this show and am having no luck
Waterloo, Canada
Chris - Waterloo, Canada
Hey Chris, Sacramento, CA
the next line is...
"Peached up..Peached ale...never fails"
Chris - Waterloo, Canada
I saw Frampton do this at a free concert @ Dallas Alley in Dallas' famous West End about 15 years ago. I went with some friends and was about 6 feet away from the stage when he started jamming this song. This is one of the great air guitar songs of all time, and my friends and I started jamming on our "guitars" right along with him. IT WAS AWESOME!Brian - Paris, Tx
I saw Framptom the other night at the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, TX. He simply brought down the house with his amazing talent. No doubt, this musician hasn't lost his touch but simply gets better with age.Juan - El Paso, Tx
OK, so what the heck is the line immediately following "Champagne for breakfast and a Sherman in my hand"? You can't even get the lyrics from Frampton.comChris - Sacramento, Ca
This song has been beat to death on the radio. I like the song ok until he starts blowing the tube. Then I quickly change the channel.Mike - Hueytown , Al
Frammy can play the guitar. Still listen to live cuts 'I Don't Need No Doctor' and 'Walk on Gilded Splinters' (2 versions) from his Humble Pie days. Powerful. I believe he closes his concerts these days with 'I Don't Need No Doctor'.Lester - New York City, Ny
I've only found one other artist with a cover version of this song (Kurt Mason on a bluegrass tribute to Frampton). Either Frampton's being a bit selfish with the rights, or (this is what I really think) "Frampton Comes Alive" is just frickin' untouchable. (Not that nobody's tried--my high school talent show had a group performing it a capella, with the talkbox solo belched. A joke entry, to be sure, but MAN!)David - Mesa, Az
This is the ULTIMATE coool filler song. I listen to it lots of times but I never get tired of it. I guess it's the perfect union of Frampton, the band and the audience whooping it up in the Background The close second to this is the Outlaws 'Green Grass and High Tides' Seriously kewl southern-fried rock.Teejay - Bronx, Ny
In the line "Champagne for breakfast, and a sherman in my hand", a sherman refers to a cigarette dipped in liquid PCP, which was a popular form of intoxicant in the early '70s when Frampton wrote this. On PBS' "Soundstage" tonight, Frampton mocked smoking a joint during this line. Shermans or "sherms" are a particularly potent form of PCP, in which cigarettes are dipped in liquid PCP, or "water", and they continued to be popular (particularly in the D.C. suburbs where I grew up and where PCP use was rampant) from the late '60s through the '70s and '80s into the early '90s, but I don't think they're as popular now, since so many people were quite damaged by PCP and many learned of it's power, unpredictability and danger pretty quickly. That line is my favorite of the song, really decadent and reminiscent of the wildness of the drug-saturated days when Frampton wrote this and during which he became so popular. Compare this to "30 days in the hole" by Humble Pie - another Frampton group, and another great song with lots of drug references.Jason - Baltimore, Md
This album was the beginning of Peter's hearing loss. The "wawa" pedal darn near cost him his hearing. How do I know?? He told me..Jenifer - Yakima, Wa
He talked about buying a fishing boat and going fishing through his talkbox on saturday.Warrinder - A Town, Canada
Peter Frampton is my Dad's FAVORITE artist. What makes the live track so special to me is the proximity of the audience. Normally the audience seems so far away, and you don't hear the audience until the end of the song, but here, it sounds like the audience is right up on stage with Frampton, and they are loud throughout the entire song. They have an infectious energy that adds a very dramatic effect that i have never heard on any live album (including the Eagle's "Hell Freezes Over").Brandon - Peoria, Il
Man, I can't believe someone else lost their virginity to this song too. It's hilarious, I have no idea how it came up on my playlist, but here I am doin the dirty deed for the first time and this song is going. The ending was the kicker, with everyone rockin out, and overall made it a great first time. Here's to P. FramptonPhil - O'fallon, Il
Peter Frampton has got to be one of the best guitar players of all time. Amazine (stoner!) song. Love it Love it Love it!!!Kira - Edmonton, Canada
OK, I finally found out.A cigarette

Nat Shermans - a 'luxury' brand of cigarette

finally after all these years
Dwight - Florence, Al
OK, I was just out of High School when this came out, for over 30 years I have been trying to figure out what "A Sherman in my hand" is .....anyone know ??

Dwight - Florence, Al
I have only heard the long live version, never the album version.Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
I also saw Frampton play this song at a free Summerfest stage last summer. Yes he still rocks and yes he continues to dominate the talk box.Ben - Madison, Wi
Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do" was playing the night I lost my virginity. "Come on, Let's do it again..."Eighteen - Marysville, Mi
Everytime I listen to this song it makes me want to be a rockstar haha. and Charlie, the magic should not be taken away from this song for you. Being a talkbox makes it even cooler. It is not an easy thing to play. Imagine trying to mouth words while not breathing into a tube or saying them.Adam - St. Louis, Mo
I saw this performed live during a free Frampton concert this past summer, and it certainly hasn't lost its magic. The talkbox is probably my favorite guitar effect, and Frampton uses it perfectly.Sam - Champaign, Il
I'm listening to Do You Feel Like We Do right now. Man, it takes me back to the hallways of my high school. It was a rippin' song back then. Heck, the whole album, Frampton Comes Alive, to me at least was great. Sorry, I can't agree with you on that lyric. Didn't hear it.

The sorry thing about Frampton though that after FCA, he didn't get much more airplay.
-Darryl, Calgary, Canada.
Darryl - Cagary, Canada
knowing it was a talkbox takes away the majic of this song. i thought his guitar playing was just that good.Charlie - Thomaston, Ct
I've been a big fan of this song since the live album came out in 76. Never once did I think that he said "I want to f--k you" in that talk box bit. It always sounded like "I want thank you" to me. Guess my mind must be in the wrong place.

The thing that makes this song so cool is that it is just plain cool. It's hands down one of the coolest live tracks I've ever heard in my life. Still effects me today as it did when I was a kid. Makes me want to go plug in my talk box!
Drew - Butler, Nj
Let's see, David Gilmore, Joe Walsh, Jimi Hendrix...The talkbox goes back further than you think!Richard - Colorado Springs, Co
Peter Frampton performed this when he appeared on the Simpsons.Tom - Trowbridge, England
As a disc jockey I was amused to see you include the entree stating DJ's use play song for their bathroom/smoke break. That is soooo true!!!!! And "Free Bird" and "Gree Grass & High Tides" (by The Outlaws - you can guess I work at a classic rock station.John - Greeneville, Tn
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