Album: Anticipation (1971)
Charted: 13
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  • In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Carly said she wrote this song about Cat Stevens while she was waiting for him to pick her up for their first date. Simon was opening for Stevens at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; she invited him to come by her apartment for their date after the show, and he accepted. As time ticked by, Simon got peeved and vented her frustration by writing this song.

    When Stevens did show up, it marked the beginning of a loving relationship Simon spoke of fondly many years later. She ended up marrying James Taylor in 1972. >>
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    Darrell - Dallas, TX
  • This song is very much about living in the moment. Simon isn't sure this relationship is going to last, but she decides to just enjoy it while they're together. "These are the good old days," goes the refrain at the end.
  • This song was revived in a series of Heinz ketchup commercials in the late '70s, including one starring a young Corey Feldman. Heinz ketchup is thick and pours very slowly. In the commercials, a person would be shown waiting for the ketchup to come out of the bottle as the chorus of "Anticipation" played in the background. For this reason, many people think of this song as "The Ketchup Song." >>
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    Andy - Arlington, VA
  • This was the only single released from Simon's self-titled debut album. She followed up with Anticipation later in 1971, scoring another modest hit with the title track. Her carrer went stratospheric with her third album, No Secrets, which contained the #1 hit "You're So Vain."
  • Simon's musical director Jimmy Ryan played bass on this track, but on the last verse he played guitar-style riffs on the instrument. The other personnel were Andy Newmark on drums, Paul Glanz on piano, and Simon on acoustic guitar and vocals.
  • Simon earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, but she lost to Helen Reddy for "I Am Woman."
  • Simon recorded an acoustic version with her son, Ben Taylor, for her 2009 album, Never Been Gone.
  • ABC used this song in a promotional campaign for The Connors, the show they launched with the cast of Roseanne after cutting ties with it star, Roseanne Barr.
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Comments: 6

  • Arthur from New JerseyFor ketchup lovers, the "Anticipation" ended in 2002 when Heinz invented the upside down ketchup bottle. In the commercial, a new version of the song, by Carly's daughter Ben and Sally Taylor and niece Julie Levine, is interrupted by the sound of ketchup easily pouring out after a simple squeeze. The announcer says, "Tired of waiting? No wait, no mess, no fuss, no Anticipation."
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiI didn't fully realize it when this song came out in 1971 but those really were the good old days.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaI agree with you Guy.
  • Doug from Kansas City, Moa truly great song- Carly had a great voice- and was quite a babe back in the day.....
  • Joe from Radcliff, KyI hear this song and it takes me back to the 70's when I was roller skating in Champs Roller ring.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaWonderful song! One of my favorites from a very intelligent and insightful songwriter.
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