Seems not everyone in the band likes this song. Bill Champlin almost turned down the gig when he found out he would have to sing it. "I did it for a few years and I handed it off to Robert Lamm," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "I started jazzing it a little bit and singing different melodies than the original and started pissing off the guys. Robert said I should do it, and I went, 'Don't throw me in that briar patch.' I let him take it.
I just don't dig that tune very much. I can play it, and I can sing it, but night after night after night of it...
I heard rumors that they drew straws to see who was going to sing it in the studio and the loser had to sing it, so Terry ended up singing it. And, from what I understand, he had a bottle of Jack before he sang. He wanted to give it one pass and there's history right there. That's how good a singer Terry was."