Lookin' Back

Album: Live Bullet (1971)
  • You hit the street, you feel them staring
    You know they hate you you can feel their eyes a glarin'
    Because you're different, because you're free
    Because you're everything deep down they wish they could be

    You're lookin' back (lookin' back) they're lookin' back (lookin' back)
    Too many people lookin back
    You're lookin' back (lookin' back) they're lookin' back (lookin' back)
    Too many people lookin' back

    They watch the news, see young men dying
    They watch them bleedin' and listen to them lyin'
    And if they're normal if they can see
    They just reach out and change the channel on the TV


    When they could vote, and end the war
    They're much too busy fittin' locks upon the back door
    Give you a foxhole, a place to hide
    'Cause when the war come the cops'll be on their side

    [Chorus]Writer/s: BOB SEGER
    Publisher: THIRD SIDE MUSIC INC.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 4

  • Ron from Los Angels, CaI listened to a studio version of this song . It sucks because it's badly recorded. Many of the early Seger tunes were not very well produced. Re-recording these tunes will definitely open him up to a new audience.
  • Bob from Southfield, MiThe backing musicians on this song were Dave Teegarden and Skip Van Winkle, the duo who also recorded the hit, "God, Love and Rock 'N Roll".
  • Alan from Chesterfield, MiHe did release all those albums, but the studio version of Lookin' Back never appeared on an album. A live version is on Live Bullet. A lot of real early Seger stuff never appeared on Seger albums. Persecution Smith is on a compilation called Michigan Memories. East Side Story, Ballad of the Yellow Berets (not directly credited to Seger), Sock it to Me Santa, Vagrant Winter are all early singles released in the Detroit area that have never appeared on an album or CD. Most of these early non-album sides are credited to Bob Seger and the Last Heard. Many of his early singles hit the local Detroit charts, including "Lookin' Back," the studio version, in the Winter of 1971-2. Bob should release a "Greatest Early Hits" album of all his great Detroit local hits like Rosalie (covered by Thin Lizzy), Lucifer, Back in '72, 2 + 2, Ivory, Persecution Smith, UMC, Noah (great song!), East Side Story, Beautiful Loser, Lookin' Back, and probably a few others like Vagrant Winter that I can't remember. I liked all these early ones more than the later stuff.
  • Steve from Torrance, CaAll right Ashley Jade, if you insist..... Firstly, this song did make the Billboard charts (peaking at #96) and may have appeared on an early studio album. Bob released 7 albums before "Beautiful Loser", none of which have appeared on CD and are all extremely hard to find as vinyl LPs. The albums are "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", "Mongrel", "Noah", "Brand New Morning", "Smokin'OPs", "Back in '72", and "Seven". The lyrics to "Lookin' back" can take an almost humorous bent if one considers just how openly and honestly Bob continuously paid tribute to his musical influences in his own songwriting and covered the old songs of other songwriters. Also, if rock'n'roll is about "new and liberal" ideas, why are there so many "classic rock" stations that are rigidly determined to play the same 300 old songs (including many of Seger's) over and over and over again? Why are all of rock's newest bands so tediously derivative of everything that has come before? What is the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame but "too many people lookin' back"? I write all this as a long time listener who wonders what Bob (who just turned 61) thinks about rock today, or if he himself is still "lookin' back".
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