Carry Me Away

Album: Working Class Dog (1981)
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  • In our Songfacts interview, Springfield explains the meaning of this song: "It says, 'I'm so tired of all this s--t that I feel.' But nobody got it. And there was a coke spoon hanging off of my dog's neck in the second album, so we slipped a few things by. I mean, I don't throw swearing in other than when I think it really fits. Maybe I'm a little angrier as I get older, which is kind of weird. I thought you were supposed to be more peaceful as you got a little older, but I find I have much less tolerance for the dickheads." (Check out the full Rick Springfield interview.)
  • Thanks in part to the smash-hit single "Jessie's Girl," the album Working Class Dog was Springfield's break-out success - despite being the fifth studio album he'd released, after nearly a decade recording. He did have four singles prior to this which charted, however: "Speak to the Sky" (#14), "What Would the Children Think" (#70), "American Girls" (#98), and "Take a Hand" (#41). The album art depicts a Bull Terrier dressed in working-class attire and sitting at a desk. That's actually Springfield's own pet dog, named Ronnie, who passed away in 1994. This photo garnered the album a 1981 Grammy nomination for "Best Album Package." Working Class Dog was re-released on CD in 2006 as a "25th anniversary edition" with three bonus tracks.


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