More Than a Feeling

Album: Boston (1976)
Charted: 22 5
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  • Group leader Tom Scholz wrote this song. A graduate of MIT, he was working at Polaroid up until this was released. "It was written about a fantasy event," he told Entertainment Weekly of the song. "But it's one that almost everybody can identify with, of somebody losing somebody that was important to them, and music taking them back there."
  • According to Rolling Stone magazine, Scholz was inspired by the "heart-tugging mood" of the Left Banke's 1967 song "Walk Away Renee." He worked on the song for five years in his basement studio before it was released on this album. >>
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    Scott - Chicago, IL
  • This was Boston's first single, and a surprising hit. The group's rise was sudden and unexpected; they recorded most of their first album in Tom Scholz's basement, which was stocked with equipment he bought with earnings from his job at Polaroid. When they finally got a record deal with CBS, they had to abide by union rules and complete it in a proper studio, which Scholz felt was a hindrance.

    When "More Than a Feeling" was released, the group's managers spent a lot of time pitching it to radio stations, and the song took off. Suddenly, this unknown band with an album recorded mostly in a basement was a major player on the rock scene.
  • The album Boston is one of the best selling of all time. It sold very well in the '80s and '90s due to catalog sales, which were these offers record companies made to the public where you could get something like "25 CDs for a penny" as long as you chose from their selection and agreed to buy a certain number of albums in the future.
  • The single was edited down to 3:25 from the album version, which runs 4:44.
  • Nirvana sometimes played the beginning of this as an intro to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." When asked about Nirvana's confession of semi-nicking the song's chord progression, Scholz told Best Classic Bands: "They didn't do a great job on the chorus. I heard the story about people thinking that part of that song sounds like it was a swipe from 'More Than a Feeling.' I don't hear it. If it were, I would consider it a compliment."
  • When Rolling Stone magazine released a special issue in 2004 devoted to the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, "More Than a Feeling" came in at #500. When the list was updated in 2010, the song got bumped.
  • The dream girl, Marianne, was based on a real person. "She was my older first cousin, who I had a crush on when I was 10," Scholz explained. "I ran into her many many years later and she was very annoyed at me for mentioning that she was my older cousin."
  • For many years Boston was the best selling debut album in the US with 17 million sales. However their record was broken on September 23, 2008 when the Recording Industry Association of America certified Guns N' Roses' debut set Appetite for Destruction for 18 million sales.
  • The song returned to the UK singles chart in 2010 as a result of its use in a TV commercial for Barclaycard. The ad was a follow-up campaign to the one that soundtracked the Bellamy Brothers track "Let Your Love Flow," which helped the song back to #21 in November 2008.
  • When Mike Huckabee ran for US president in 2008, he used this song at some of his campaign rallies. Huckabee plays the bass, and at some events, former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau joined him on stage to perform this song. This didn't go over well with Tom Scholz, who wrote Huckabee a letter that was printed in Rolling Stone magazine. Scholz wrote: "While I'm flattered that you are fond of my song, I'm shocked that you would use it and the name Boston to promote yourself without my consent. Your campaign's use of 'More Than a Feeling,' coupled with the representation of one of your supporters as a member 'of Boston' clearly implies that the band Boston, and specifically one of its members, has endorsed your candidacy, neither of which is true. Your claim that this was 'the guy who originally did it' is a bit mystifying, since he never played on that recording, nor has he been 'of Boston' since he left my band over a quarter century ago, after performing with us for only three years."

    Scholz went on to say that his band has never endorsed a political candidate, "and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for. In fact, although I'm impressed you learned my bass guitar part on 'More Than a Feeling,' I am an Obama supporter. While this may seem like a little thing to you, Boston has been my life's work." The response from Huckabee's campaign: "Governor Huckabee plays 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Does that mean Lynyrd Skynyrd is endorsing him? He plays 'Louie Louie.' Does that mean The Kingsmen are endorsing him?"
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Comments: 109

  • Eddie Rad from South Hadley, MaLove this song! I graduated HS in 1975 and this is one of the songs and albums of my life. Thank you Tom and your Boston mates for such a great song. Also for anyone interested listen to Rick Beato break down what made this song great. You will listen to the song in a whole new way after watching this. Thanks Rick Here it is https://youtu.be/ynFNt4tgBJ0
  • Maryann from NyMy name is also Maryann, and i've always loved this song because there are much worse sentiments to be made about someone sharing your name than this one! .... just like i don't mind my name reminding people of Maryann from Gilligan's Island, either.... i was a kid when this first came out, and i'll never forget the jealous girl up the block trying to convince me they were saying "i feel like marrying a walk in the world" instead of them saying MY name LOL .... i wonder if she still remembers that... probably not, and she wouldn't admit it even if she did, cuz that was lame lol
  • Big Boy from New YorkThis one is a personal fave. Thanks for introducing me to Boston Mr. M!
  • Douglas Smith from Hartford City, InPeople often want to know who was Marianne in the song. Tom Scholz quoting "Marianne was my cousin who was older than I was by a bit, and I had a crush on her when I was 13. 'I see my Marianne walking away...' A kid's grade-school crush, and her name fitted, and it worked out perfectly"
  • Rob from Wilmington, NcThe fact that, "When they finally got a record deal with CBS, they had to abide by union rules and complete it in a proper studio, which Scholz felt was a hindrance," is a little misleading. Point of fact is that the Tom Scholz stayed in Boston and the rest of the band went out to California to record in the studio. The recorded tracks - minus Scholz's guitar - were then sent to Scholz in Boston so he could add his guitar parts. As it turned out, Scholz re-recorded all of the instrumental parts - leaving Delp's vocals - and then sent his tapes back to California for mastering with the engineers in Los Angeles being none the wiser to the fact that he had done all the instrumentals himself. This is all well documented. He is, therefore, somewhat justified in believing that Boston IS Tom Scholz. I don't necessarily agree with him and think Scholz is a pompus a**, sort of like Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory", but he is unarguably a brilliant engineer and exceptional instrumentalist.
  • Mark from Chuluota, FlBoston was the first album I ever bought. Boston is the greatest band ever, I never get sick of listening to them.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 19th, 1976 "More Than A Feeling" by Boston peaked at #5 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on September 12th and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #4 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    Was track one of side one of their debut album, 'Boston', the album peaked at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Long Time (#22) and "Peace of Mind" (#38).
  • John4521 from Newcastle, United Kingdom@Brittany, Boston; So why is it spelt 'Marianne' in the lyrics?!
  • Terry from California, MdThis song will be my favorite until the end. I was dating a girl in 1975 and 1976 until I got out of High School and join the Navy that summer, after attending Boot Camp and then going to my first Duty Station in the Fall of 1976 we broke up. Right after that this song was released. It literally was written about my life at the time, I could turn this on and get lost in the moment. Consequently my wife (Now Ex) hated this song...lol
  • Camille from Toronto, OhWhile in my late teens, several albums of the 70s rocked my world at the time. They include: 'Dreamboat Annie' by Heart, 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac, and Boston's 'Boston' album. Now, over 35 years later, none of the songs on these albums pull on my heartstrings or stir my passion the way they did way back then. I have evolved so much since the 70s that these songs just don't seem to apply to anything in my life, past or present. Now when I hear "More than a Feeling" on the radio, I can take it or leave it.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI'm totally amazed, speechless, etc. by this song! Holy crap! It is just awesome to me that this guy can just sing like freakin' Jesus! WOW! Listen to them high notes! DANG SON!
  • David Freeland from Chicago, IlI drove from Michigan to Florida and we only had one eight track to listen to...Boston...and we never got sick of it. A classic from start to finish to this day!
  • Rob from Duluth, GaI've always thought Tom Scholz was an arrogant ***. His quote that "Your claim that this was 'the guy who originally did it' is a bit mystifying, since he never played on that recording, nor has he been 'of Boston' since he left my band over a quarter century ago, after performing with us for only three years." Actually, since he DID do it on the tour promoting that album and he WAS a member 'of Boston', then techincally, Huckabee was accurate. Perhaps Huckabee could have been more clear that his playing of the song in no way implied the endorsement of Tom Scholz or any other member of Boston, but come on Tom, lighten up ... it's only rock 'n' roll.
  • Layinlow from Earth, Qcmy name is marianne and this is my favourite song. when i was in college i worked in a bar that i liked to party in and had a very fun social life. i was very good friends with the dj's that worked there, if a breakup occurred at the bar between me and my boyfriend of that moment... or if an ex or soon to be ex came into the bar, i'd have the dj's play this song. and in an instant all was right in my world. thank you Boston!
  • Jim from Pleasant Hill, CaScholz had every right to criticize Huckabee for using this song; just as Rush Limbaugh ironically used "My City Was Gone" for his bumper music; a track about the very trashing of the environment that right-wingers gloat over. Huckabee is a much more decent sort than Limbaugh, at least.
  • Jim from Pleasant Hill, CaI first heard this song as a teenager while visiting relatives in NY. Then, decades later, I was coincidentally traveling for work in the Boston area when the news of Brad Delp's senseless (to all but him) death came over the wire. I happened to have it on a disc and it was poignant to play it in my rental car on a cold but clear day, headed south to Connecticut. No less powerful today than it ever was. A sort of anthem for gain and loss, and the wonderment of women.
  • Rob from Bossier City, LaI fell in love with this song the first time I heard it played, when Boston opened for Black Sabbath in Tulsa, OK, on October 22 1976. Boston BLEW Sabbath away, their show was clean and driving, as opposed to a drunken Ozzy almost falling off the stage. The song hit the airwaves the next day, and we went out and got the 8 track, and played it to death. This song reminds me of my brother, he died 13 August 2009, we used to drive around and listen to the 8 track. I learned to play this song, and sang it with him the last time I saw him. It's funny how a song about nostalgia makes me nostalgic.
  • Peterm from Birmingham, United KingdomAmazing for a first single. Steven and Ted - I can believe the stuff about Telstar and Badge. Who knows? Just enjoy it.
  • Blake from Boston, MaMary Anne is a lady in my church. She broke up with Tom because she became a Christian. The Boston Church of Christ was the reason that Tom saw his "Mary Anne walking away". Pretty awesome. If only Tom had followed Christ. and Mary Anne.. this song would've never been written. 7/2/2010
  • Dougee from San Bernardino, CaVery cool song, one of the first I listened to when I started tuning in to pop-rock stations in the 70s. Even as a tweenie, I remember being awed by the engineering on this song - particularly the parts where a sustained vocal fades flawlessly into a guitar note.

    One of the LA-area Indian casinos, Pechanga, uses parts of the song in their ads. Though I'm not a big fan of pop music in ads, I will admit that they did a good job of editing in a panoramic zoom shot of a golf drive during the "slipped away..." sustained note.
  • Anna from Hemel Hempstead, United KingdomAwesome guitar playing!
  • Rob from Duluth, GaTom Scholz is a tool. He disses everyone who was a former member of "his" band, most of whom left because they could not put up with his nonsense. He takes himself and his music way too seriously.
  • Harold from University Park, Pathis song is freakin' awesome! It will always be one of my favorites. and even if they did steal a riff, c'mon it's not a hard thing to do when you're in the music industry. If you listen to a lot of music, it's bound to happen once or twice.
  • Billy from Nederland , TxThis song is very impressive.It has feeling, amazing guitars,and an even better vocal. I've heard before that Tom Scholz had to learn to play guitar before recording this. If that is true, it's amazing.
  • Jr from Easington, United KingdomThe song of that time. It had everything, hope, despair and optimism all rolled into one. A masterpiece which thirty plus years on remains unequalled.
  • Corinne from Chicago, IlI met one of the loves of my life when this song was playing in summer 1977. Just saw each other after 32 years. I am hoping he is thinking... "...I think of a girl I used to know. I closed my eyes and she slipped away."
  • Karl from Havana, Cubabsds who gives a crap if they stole a riff? they made a super awesome song, or does any of you reproaches zeppelin stealing the taurus song to make the stairway to heaven solo?
  • Karl from Havana, CubaWhen i listen to boston while biking makes me wanna fly, specially this and foreplay/long time, foreplay, i think it sounds just like freedom, reach your final destination and be unleashed onto life no breaks
  • Stu from Philly, PaOne of the greatest songs ever. My band, Raised On Radio, started playing this and Peace of Mind the week after BD died, as a tribute. Though since Delp's death, the lyrics to Hitch a Ride have really taken on a different tone - go give it another listen!
  • John from Concord, NhBoston is one of best bands ever. Top five of all time. No way to talk your way out of it. And this song is among their greatest, with "It's Been Such A Long Time" and "Amanda." Heartfelt, inspiring, and rocking.
  • Brittany from Boston, Ma8/5/09 ATTENTION: All these people claim to know the real Mary Ann of the song?! I don't believe ANY of you. I love the song personally. Today my family revealed to me that the song is actually written about my Nana. Apparently I'm also related to Barry Goudreau, which I just learned is my great-uncle. I don't actually know him personally because my family doesn't talk to that side. But yes, Mary Ann is my Nana but doesn't like to tell people that it's about her because she is actually embarrassed (which i believe because it only took her my whole 17 years of living to tell me). She's the nicest person alive and always cares for others before herself. AND WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE SAYING SHE DIED?! THAT MAKES ME MAD BECAUSE SHE'S VERY MUCH ALIVE THANK YOU VERY MUCH! That's all I have to say. You don't have to believe me if you don't want to, but believe me when I say you will never meet such a nice, warm-hearted person like my Nana, Mary Ann.
  • Tyler from Indio, Cadoes Tom Scholz sing this or their other singer?
  • Farrah from Elon, NcBrad Delp really did this song justice. Rest in peace, Brad.
  • Ted from Sydney, AustraliaBy the way I've always loved both songs, and the boston song adds to that riff - just stands out to me like dogs balls thats all
  • Ted from Sydney, AustraliaThe main riff is ripped from Creams' Badge - the start of the second section of the song, a part written by George Harrison I believe. Not that I'm necessarily implying Tom Scholz intentionally did that but go and have a listen...
  • Steven from Oxnard, CaI remember reading somewhere that Tom Scholz said that the riff for this song was inspired by "Telstar" by the Tornados. That song really does have some of the aspects of this song.
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesI will never forget the day when I first heard this song when listening to radio count down and this debutted at 22 then it jumped to 12 and then made it to number 10 and the week after it only made one jump to number 9 on bilbords top 40.But good thing is it just kept on going closer to the top position but failed and got stuck at number 5. Whatever, this is a topovthecharts hit.
  • Jack from Mesa, Az"More than a feeling" is brilliant and even though everyone likes it it still doesn't get the respect it deserves...This song is a masterpiece.
    There. I said it.
  • Amber from San Francisco, CaReally good song.
  • Myra from Chicago, IlI love this song, I love Boston!
  • Francois from Bloemfontein, South AfricaMy first album(LP)bought in December'1977 with my first month salary!! Yet 31yrs later I, with my children listens to the genius of Tom and the Boys. For me it's the "Killer Classic" of all times!!! It stood the test of Time.............. Francois- South Africa-
  • Julia from Knoxville, TnHow could something be more than a feeling?

    If you all have seen the movie "She's Having a Baby", about 10 seconds' worth of this song are played at the beginning of the movie.
  • David from Deerfield Beach, FlPosted 11/14/2007. Though I have some bias cuz I was born & spent my early childhood in the Boston area, Boston is still one of my favorite bands, and of course this album was a masterpiece! In my opinion the Boston album ranks right up there with "Dark Side Of The Moon" as one of the greatest classic rock albums of all time. I doubt I'd get much argument with that either. This song was great as well as "Foreplay / Long Time", but perhaps my favorite by them was "Hitch A Ride". I just love the way that 2 minute guitar solo at the end of the song just jams on & on. One of my favorite feel-good guitar jams in all of music. I very much like "Don't Look Back" as well, and I remember waiting in anticipation for years for the long-awaited "Third Stage" album to come out. I feel fortunate to have seen them in concert 5 times now between 1987 & 2004 (87,95,97,03,04), especially in light of the recent Brad Delp tragedy this past March, 2007. What a shame. Don't know much about him but he always seemed like a nice guy to me, and what a great voice! Thank you for sharing your voice with us for the time you had.
  • Javier from D.f, Mexicoi fiest saw this song on scrubs and from then... i always hear that song in the morning cause is one of the most cool songs ive ever heard and one more thing.... this is the first review of a song that wasnt compared with drugs... cause in al the red hot chili peppers songs, all the reviews are about drugs
  • Matthew from Milford, MaMan, where are all of the Boston songs?
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaThis is MY 70's.
  • Simon from Chattanooga , Tni have learned the bass line to this song. its fairly simple, but ingenius stuff. very good work.
  • Simon from Chattanooga , Tncarry on, Brad. you shall not be forgotten. dont look back, Brad. dont look back.
  • Paul from Worthing, EnglandIt's hard not to get a lump in your throat when Brad sings "I see my Marianne walking away".
    It's also a great driving song, just makes you want to put your foot to the floor...
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaBeyond being influenced by "Walk Away Renee", the guitar opening is pretty well IDENTICAL in melody and sound to that of Elton John's 1973 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" B-side "Screw You" (AKA "Young Man's Blues" in the US), which appeared three years before "More Than A Feeling". (The song is now a bonus track on EJ's "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player" CD, as well as on other compilations.)
  • Ken from Los Angeles, CaFirst, Brad Delp - may You be Serene in Eternity.

    People, PLEASE learn just a little about one of the most misunderstood diseases - DEPRESSION IS THE CANCER OF THE SOUL. Mental illness is still so taboo, & yet so widespread.

    Just before I turned 13, I got my first 45 RPM single - this song. It was, is, will be one of my all time fvts. At that age, the words didn't mean much, I loved the music. As I got older, & lost loves, it became more than a tune. 1 of the very best songs ever written, by 1 of the very best bands ever.
  • Steve from Torrance, CaSorry to hear about Brad Delp - he was truly an original, very talented vocalist. For all the comparisons of this song with "Walk Away Renee" and "Smells like Teen Spirit", there's another song that has a very similar riff. Listen to the instrumental bridges between verses and long fade-out of both this song and "Tend my Garden" by the James Gang from 1970. I'm not implying plagiarism, but hearing one always reminds me of the other.
  • Brock Landers from Merrimack Valley, MaFirst of all, great song by a great band.

    Funny story, the subject of this song, the mysterious ex-lover "Mary Anne" is the mother of a good buddy of mine. She dated Tom Scholz and broke up with him before Boston went big. Thus, the song was written about her. She lives a quiet life in northeastern Massachusetts, but it must be pretty cool to have such a famous song written about you. This summer I went over to my friend's house and said "Hello, Mrs. _______" and she was like "no, please call me Mary Anne." It was pretty awesome haha.

    I know this probably is hard to believe coming from some random person on the internet, but I am good friends with her son and have met her personally and met others who have confirmed this story. No, she is not dead. Unless he had a thing for Mary Anne's.

    RIP Brad Delp
  • Joe from Bellingham, WaNNOOOOO!!! Brad Delp! How could this happen! I remember my first time in a Boston concert! *Sniff!* *Sniff!* Great singing, PEACE man. You were truly a great musician and will not be forgoten. It's more than a feeling When I hear that old song they used to play...
  • Kelly from Yukon, Okthe question below...he was 55
  • Kelly from Yukon, OkBrad Delp ..your voice will live forever...
  • Maryanne from Portland, Me3/11/07 My heart sank yesterday when I saw the headlines about the death of Brad. More Than a Feeling has always been my favorite Boston song because my name Maryanne is mentioned in it. It was very strange timing as I had been listening to my old tape of Boston on my way to work Friday and of course More Than a Feeling gets a double play and my teenage daughter way whining about my choice of music.!! My condolences to his family and the band. Your music will live on in the hearts of true blue fans. Maryanne in Maine
  • Jim from Somewhere, PaFor the latest I can find on Brad Delp go to http://www.actressarchives.com/news.php?id=4506
    posted 1 hr ago 1739 eastern time (USA) 03/10/07
  • Jim from Somewhere, PaBad Delp. born June 12th 1951 / March 9th 2007
  • Jim from Somewhere, PaMy condolences to Brads family and friends. A great singer ( the voice of Boston ). A very untimely loss. R.I.P.. Jim 03/10/07
  • Robert from Calgary, CanadaWow, I can see the simularity of 'More then a Feeling' and 'Walk away Renee', add soaring vocals & Sizziling Guitar of course. 500 on Rollingstones top 500 is absurb, it's the Creative influence that song had on every guitar Player and singer that is the true bench mark of a song,that shaped music for the next decade....
  • Brandon from Sterling, VaRIP Brad your voice will always be remembered btw does ne1 no how old he was
  • Michael from San Diego, CaLead Singer Brad Delp was found dead in his home in Atkinson, NH on March 9, 2007. The exact cause of death was unknown at the time. Tragic loss of one of the better vocalists in the history of rock music. BTW - I love that episode of "Scrubs" in which they performed this song via air band....utterly hilarious!
  • Guy from Wellington, New ZealandSuper cool song. Guitar riff that takes you higher and higher, incredible soaring voals and a great combination of the guitars with the drums to drive the beat home. Definitely in my Top Ten.
  • Joe from Bellingham, WaI saw a Boston alarm clock in a garage sale. It was shaped like that shroom spaceship thing on their album cover. I almost bought it but decided not to.
  • Brad from Kalamazoo, MiGod Boston is amazing.. one of the best "sound" bands from that era.. in my opinion
  • Sam from Thompsons, TxI love this song, its become one of the highest play count songs on my itunes, and also one of my favs on guitar.
  • Julia from London, Englandi think Q magazine voted this as the 2nd song people are embarassed to like ie "Guilty Pleasure". I never got that.....this song is not at all embarassing to admit to liking...
  • Brandon from Peoria, IlI am so proud of all of you. Noone said this song was about drugs. Thank you Thank you Thank you. This song is the reason that I love classic rock. My dad had a 70's supergroup CD and this was the first track on it. I just loved the fade-in intro and the awesome guitar and drum track...oh and did i mention the lead singers range. WOW.
  • Mike from Boston, Mathis is an excellent song i like the electric guitar just before the chorus
  • Monique from Chicago, IlI love this song because the lyrics actually explain the "feeling" of listening to the song. It's "more than a feeling". I also get taken back to the 70's when I hear this song and it's "more than a feeling". You would have to have been there...
  • Nathan from From The Country Of, Canadajust ask yourselves how many of you remember this song from your adolescence, and have many great memories attached to it...yea me too
  • Steve from Torrance, CaIn pre-political-correctness times, the rock critic Lester Bangs wrote about an imaginary Japanese rock band called Osaka. Their hit single was "Mole than a fearing".
  • Deo from Annandale, VaBoston are geniuses!! They recorded this in their basement.
  • Dustin from Lincoln, NeThis song was played on Season 4 Episode 9 on Scrubs. Scrubs on NBC a must watch show.
  • Matt from Haddon Hieghts, NjWas this prduced in a garage
  • Simon from Nijmegen, NetherlandsI really hope that my life will end before i ever have to hear the NSYNC version...
  • Glp from Pittsburg , PaIf not the greatest song of all time its has to be Boston's best. Here come young jezzy?
  • Matt from Haddon Hieghts, NjLove this song and can someone tell me if this was really prodused in the guys garage because he went to MIT?(my dad told me this)
  • Ben from Nyc, MsA Little overated compared to Peace Of Mind, but still miles ahead of anything else except for LZ or The Who.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cafreakin good song.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnOn the 45 version, the second verse was edited out for radio airplay.
  • Alyssa from Boston, MaWhat an incredible song, by an incredible band. This song just demonstrates the happiness we feel with fimilarity.
  • Alan from Grande Prairie, Alberta, CanadaThink about this. "My Ding-A-Ling" "Disco Duck" and "Don't Worry Be Happy" all charted at #1 and this rock classic didn't. Go figure.
  • Barry from New York, NyI have noticed that Boston has never released a commercial concert video DVD. They need to release a vintage video from the '76 or '78 era.
  • Shaun from Melbourne, AustraliaOne of the great rock 'n' roll songs
  • Joey from Boston, MaThis song was played on a season 2 episode of the Sopranos when Tony passes out at a party.
  • Dezzy from Queens, Nyabsolutely a beautiful song.
  • Chase from Pasadena, CaNot a great song, but one of the best endings once Brad Delp stops shrieking. Brilliant conclusion to song.
  • Paul from London, EnglandAbsolutely brilliant. What more can I say?
  • John from Duxbury, Ma1. Tiki if you need to re-examine urself if u listen to NSYNC.

    2. Its sad i'm the first for MA to comment on Boston

    3. Tom Scholz was an amazing musician and should talked about with Frank Zappa
  • Doug from Canton, MiI don't know why, but for some reason this song reminds me of the game Super Mario 64, especially the intro. I guess the music sounds somewhat similar to me - but that's probably the reason I like this song soooooooo much. I have so many good memories playing that game with my friends and this song revives those memories. Truly one of the greatest songs ever written!
  • Sandra from New York, NyQuite simply, in my opinion the best song ever written and performed.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis was #500 in the Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs
  • Charlie from Charlotte, NcMy next-door neighbor used to live up in Boston when he was younger. He had an aunt that was dating Tom Scholz at the time named Marianne, which is who Tom wrote the song about. At first I didnt beleive him, but he had pics to confirm it. Cool stuff. They split up right before he wrote the song. Tom tried to get back together with her after the album was released, but she passed at a young age due to drugs. Great song, I'm a huge Boston fan, great composing.
  • Mickey from Langley, VaDustin from Tampa, I've heard that story about the singer who got kicked out of Boston for eating all the ho-hos backstage. The way I heard it though, it was twinkies, not ho-hos. I also heard that he was replaced in late 1974 by singer Brad Delp, but he was about to leave anyway because his real love was comedy, and he had just gotten a big break appearing on a newly-forming television show called Saturday Night Live. According to the story, the twinkies-eating singer who got kicked out was Chevy Chase.
  • Scott from Chicago, IlI was 14 when this came out in '76...every car
    radio had this blasting for a good year...
    perhaps the perfect summer song....sweet yet
    jams...a very fine line that worked....that
    multi-tracked guitar song sounded beyond fresh
    in '76.......watch dazed and confused to get A
    glimpse of those days...it was really like that.
    I would have opened a 70's movie wirh this,
    it captures the times that well.....ahhhhhh
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InBOSTON......to me, the greatest band to ever put out an album, even if it does take them years in between to do so. Many would suggest that only the 1st two are worthy of praise, but I beg to differ. Grant it, the last three albums don't have maybe the same quality, and muscians have been interchanged, but I still enjoy them in a way that anyone does if it's their favorite band. I will never grow tired of listening to them or anticipating a new release. I see them whenever they come to town and rock out to a band that never has gotten the acclaim they deserve. I hope one day, they will be inducted to the "Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame", because without Boston, many other so called super groups of the 70's never would've made it. This is one of my all time favorite songs that takes me back to one of my 1st radio listening experinces. I wasn't much older then seven or eight and would desire to hear this song played as often as I could. As long as they continue to put out music, I will buy it and look for the next show.
  • Dave from Marieta, GaBoston's entire first album (containing this hit song) was recorded in Tom Scholz's basement using a modified 12-track recorder (truly amazing considering the many vocal and guitar harmonies used on the recording). Scholz is not only an amazing guitar player but he's also an electronics and audio production genius. He has a master's degree in electronics from the acclaimed Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-designed much of the technology used for the Instamatic Land camera, while working for Polaroid in the years before forming his band, Boston. Tom was able to capture the Boston guitar "sound" by starting his own audio electronics company in the 80's, Scholz Research and Developement. SRD would become famous for making the "Rockman", a portatble Walkman-style guitar effects device in which a guitar player could plug-in and have the famous "Boston chorus/distortion sound" through headphones.
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaThe riff does kinda sound like "Teen Spirit", but Nirvana's was more explosive and hard-hitting, while this is like a classic rock and roll version of it. both are tremendous songs.
  • Luke from Manchester, England"When I'm tired and thinking cold, I turn on my music, forget the day
    And dream of a girl I used to know - I close my eyes and she slips away"

    I think that's self explanitary: It's about the writer escaping from the world by listening to songs that remind him times past but when he does, he remembers his lost love who left him.
  • Angelo from New York, NyDoes anyone know what this song is about?
  • Shana from Pembroke, CanadaThis song is great, the guitar riff is so awesome
  • Jonathan from Oklahoma City, OkBoston is one of the most underated bands of all time.
  • Jonathan from Natchitoches, LaAppeared in Season 1 Episode 1 of Cold Case on CBS. The episode title is "Look Again."
  • Marianne from Charleston, WvAfter all these years - I never knew until now.
  • Dustin from Tampa, FlMy buddy in high school used to always tell people that his uncle used to be in Boston, but he got kicked out because he ate all the ho-hos backstage.
  • Tiki from Whiteland, Inthis song was also sung by NSYNC
  • Daniel from Sissonville, Wvi love boston because of this song...they are amazing
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