Pick-up lines were big in the '70s, and this one gets right to the point: "Let me take you home tonight."
We don't find out if this very direct approach worked, but we know this guy is really persistent, as he repeats the line over and over in the fadeout.
This was the only song on Boston's debut album written by their vocalist, Brad Delp. All the others were written by group mastermind Tom Scholz.
It was also recorded without Scholz, who was working on the other tracks in his home studio in Watertown, Massachusetts. When the band was signed to Epic Records, it was on the strength of the demos Scholz made in his studio with drummer Jim Masdea. Per convention, the label arranged sessions to record proper versions of the songs with the full band at a studio in Los Angeles with producer John Boylan. But Scholz had worked for years to perfect those songs on his own turf, so there was no way he could improve them with a new producer in Los Angeles. To appease the label, he let Boylan and the band record "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" while he re-recorded the other songs himself. As a result, it's the only track on the album with contributions from every band member.
This was released as the B-side of "Long Time
," Boston's second single.
The album eventually sold 17 million copies in America, many through catalog sales. For a while it was second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller, and from 1994-2008 is was certified as the top-selling debut of all time (overtaken by Appetite For Destruction from Guns N' Roses).