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John Hall explained how the song came to be written in the liner notes to the Best of Orleans CD: "A friend of ours was going through a divorce and asked Johanna (Hall's wife and lyricist) to write a song about a couple staying together. So she did, and she handed me the finished lyric on the back of an envelope and said, 'Do you think you can do anything with this?' I wrote the music to it in ten minutes, which was a good sign." (thanks, Rich - Bellevue, WA)
When this song was popular, it was used as the theme for the ABC television network.
During the presidential elections of 2004, George W. Bush tried to use this song as his campaign theme but was immediately ordered to cease. John Hall (co-writer and Orleans member) demanded that his campaign stop using the song and had 2 different arguments: that Bush's campaign never obtained permission, and that Hall was a Democrat who never supported Bush nor Republicans whatsoever from the beginning. Hall did something about it: In 2006, he ran for congress and, helped by campaign appearances by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, defeated Republican incumbent Sue Kelly in his district in New York. At the victory party, Hall didn't play this song, but sang "I Am A Patriot," which was written by his friend Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. Hall claims he'll play "Still The One" if he gets re-elected. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 2)
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"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.
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