Night Owl

Album: Night Owl (1978)
Charted: 5

Songfacts®:

  • Night Owl was the follow up to Rafferty's City To City album. Running to 6 minutes 9 seconds, the title track was released as a single backed by "Why Won't You Talk to Me?"; like the rest of the album, it was written by Rafferty, and produced by Hugh Murphy on the United Artists label.
  • The single was released in both 7 inch and 12 inch formats. The album version runs to 6 minutes 9 seconds; this was used for the 12 inch; the radio edit runs to 4 minutes 24 seconds. Like "Baker Street" this is a very fine song, and like "Baker Street" is undoubtedly autobiographical to some degree. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • The Lyricon solo was played by Raphael Ravenscroft, the guy who performed the famous sax solo on "Baker Street." The Lyricon is a breath controlled analogue synthesizer, which was invented by Bill Bernardi and Roger Noble of Computone Inc, in Massachussetts in the early 1970's. It was the first electronic wind instrument to be constructed.

Comments: 1

  • James from Ashland, OregonGerry Rafferty's Night Owl evokes the same sense of disconnect and alienation as in "Baker Street," released two years earlier in 1977. When night comes he feels alone and looks for solace in the bars and alcohol and "in a space and time" of his own. Losing himself in dreams and shadows he finally regains his sense of life's flow. You feel the longing in Rafferty's isolation. But the flow of the music undercuts the alienation of the words and we lose ourselves in the Rafferty's warm vocal, the swaying rhythm, and the sweet Lyricon solo. In the genre of "Night Owl" songs -- and there have been more than two dozen different Night Owl compositions since 1951 -- Rafferty breaks new ground in theme and structure. http://owlthingsconsidered.org/night-owl-songs-1968-90/#NO10
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