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"Bloody Well Right" is a song by the progressive rock band Supertramp from their 1974 album Crime of the Century.

Song content

"Bloody Well Right" expresses the opinion that, in society at the time of the song's release, money and heritage seems to have more importance than education. This is clearly stated in the first stanza of "So you think your schooling's phoney" and later by "You say it all depends on money/ And who is in your family tree". Although Hodgson/Davies agree with these statements ("you're bloody well right"), they deem it unimportant to them with the statement of "Me, I dont care anyway!".

Structure

The song begins with an electric piano solo, approximately fifty seconds long, leading into the rest of the band joining in. There is then a guitar solo leading in the first spoken word at the 1:36 mark in the song. The first verse and chorus occur with a short instrumental bridge into the second verse and second, slightly modified, chorus. The rest of the song is different variations of the chorus with a saxophone solo in the background. The song slowly fades away to the sound of the saxophone.

Release and reception

Released in April 1975, "Bloody Well Right" was the second single from Crime of the Century, after "Dreamer". It became their highest charting to date in the United Statesmarker, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, only spot higher than their previous single. It failed to chart in the United Kingdommarker.

Live versions

This song became a staple in Supertramp concerts after its release. The song's length is extended live often reaching over seven minutes. It appears on Paris, Live '88, It Was the Best of Times, and Is Everybody Listening?.

Today

In the USA, "Bloody Well Right" is one of Supertramp's most popular and easily recognizable songs. It is the tenth highest charting Supertramp song of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also appears on the compilation albums The Very Best of Supertramp and Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology.

Personnel

  • Richard Davies: Piano, Electric Piano, Lead and Backing vocals
  • Roger Hodgson: Electric guitar
  • Bob Siebenberg: Drums and Percussion
  • Dougie Thomson: Bass
  • John Helliwell: Saxophone



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