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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? by Chicago
Album: The Chicago Transit AuthorityReleased: 1969Charted:
One of Chicago's early hits, this is an existential song about how people's actions and thoughts are so controlled by the time of day, their lives pass them by without their being aware of it. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
Chicago singer and keyboard player Robert Lamm wrote this song and sang lead. He explained on The Chris Isaak Hour: "I was a teenager walking down the street in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up. I walked by a movie theater and there was an usher standing outside taking a cigarette break. I said to him, 'Hey man, what time is it?' and he said, 'Does anybody really know what time it is?' I remembered that when I was trying to write this sort of Beatle-esque shuffle and just explore the idea of 'Does anybody really know what time it is?'"
The album version contains a piano intro by Lamm that was removed for the single release. Lamm would often play the intro when they performed this song live, which can be heard on their Chicago At Carnegie Hall album.
This is an example of an early Chicago song featuring their horn section of Walter Parazaider, James Pankow and Lee Loughnane.