Breakfast In America

Album: Breakfast In America (1979)
Charted: 9 62
  • Take a look at my girlfriend
    She's the only one I got
    Not much of a girlfriend
    Never seem to get a lot

    Take a jumbo across the water
    Like to see America
    See the girls in California
    I'm hoping it's going to come true
    But there's not a lot I can do

    Could we have kippers for breakfast
    Mummy dear, mummy dear
    They got to have 'em in Texas
    'Cause everyone's a millionaire

    I'm a winner, I'm a sinner
    Do you want my autograph
    I'm a loser, what a joker
    I'm playing my jokes upon you
    While there's nothing better to do

    Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-doo-de-dow-de-dow, de
    Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-de-doo-de-dow
    Na na na, nana na na na na

    Don't you look at my girlfriend (girlfriend)
    She's the only one I got
    Not much of a girlfriend (girlfriend)
    Never seem to get a lot (what's she got, not a lot)

    Take a jumbo cross the water
    Like to see America
    See the girls in California
    I'm hoping it's going to come true
    But there's not a lot I can do

    Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-doo-de-dow-de-dow, de
    Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-de-doo-de-dow

    Hey oh, hey oh, hey oh, hey oh,
    Hey oh, hey oh, hey oh, hey oh

    Na na na, nana na na na nana Writer/s: RICHARD DAVIES, ROGER HODGSON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 20

  • AnonymousI love the klezmer elements of this song. Somebody got creative here.
  • John Roberts from ChicagoJim from Stonerville: "Now here are some of your no-name bands: Supertramp - 71.2 million equivalent album sales. Nine-Inch Nails - 20 million album sales"
  • Seventhmist from 7th Heaven"I never seem to get a lot." Unlike the fellow in "Goodbye Stranger," who got plenty by sowing his oats.
  • Jerry from Sussex, NjFirst of all, the song is not Polka music.. geez! The tuba and styles of the oboe and clarinet capture the music style of Immigration periods of the early 1900s, Italian, Greek, Jewish and other types of Mediterranean sounds. Which is appropriate to the song as many Immigrants of the time dreamed of success, money, stardom in America. Even eating a decent breakfast and full stomach in America was a dream, because where they are they did not have much.
  • Andy from London, United KingdomI havn't a clue what most of these comments are about. What I can say is that this is a great song. Kippers are smoked Herrings. I love them. They are grilled.
  • Eli from Hesperia, CaAm i the only one pissed at gym class heros
  • Ashley from Edmonton, Abdiggin song,
    and i hate how no one
    knows that, that part in gym class
    heros is supertramp
  • Geo from Altoona, Pakippers are smoked and salted herring...
  • Marie-pier from Saint-zotique, QcGym class hero completly destroy this song who used to be so good at the begenning
  • Dogma from Alexandria, LaI'm a DJ on a classic rock station and I love to go down the hall and tell the DJs at our sister (a contemporary hits station) that most of the songs they are playing are either samples or covers of songs that we play on the rock station.
  • Matt from New Castle, NhThere aren't many riffs as achy and expressive as the "na na na, na na na na" parts of this song. For me, it sort of creates an illusion of English life as bitter and empty as Eastern Europe, when compared to American extravagance.
  • Jim from Does It Matter, NcMy friends and i have a list of songs that we joke about and sing this is one of them ahaha
  • Joey from Boston, MaPerhaps the only polka-rock song ever, besides the Weird Al Yankovic parodies of course.
  • Jailene from K-town, WaThis song will forever make me cry a little on the inside, cuz my "ex"/guy I'm taking a break from used to play and sing this song to me all the time. :*(
  • Bob from Oakland, CaJim in Stonerville, you must be pretty young to call Supertramp a band that no one has heard of. They were fairly popular in the 70s and *HUGE* in the early 80s.

    I never cared for them myself.
  • Jim from Stonerville, Cagreat song. samples should not happen, but this was a better sample than most (in chokehold). but original is way better. supertramp is the most famous band that no one has heard of.
  • Rob from Wilkes-barre, PaYea this destroys cupid's chokehold; most artists should be banned from sampling others
  • Shannon from Bakersfield , CaI hate cupids chokehold.It's stupid.
    But this song is the sh!t
    (in a good way)
  • Greg from Strongsville, OhI beleive in the line "Can we have Kippers for breakfast?" That Kippers are fish, Much like a Herring.
  • Rob from Wilkes-barre, PaThis song is sampled in Gym Class Heroes' Cupid's Chokehold.
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