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Listen” is a song from musical group, Chicago’s, first LP, Chicago Transit Authority.  I got this 2-LP set as a youngster and played the grooves off of it.  It was music like I’d never heard before.  I lost the vinyl back in ’94 but was blessed to come across it in the basement of a thrift store in Big Rapids, MI a few years back.  It stands the test of time.

from wikipedia :

Released in April 1969, Chicago Transit Authority (sometimes informally referred to simply as “CTA”) was an immediate hit, reaching #17 in the US and #9 in the UK. While critical reaction was also strong, the album initially failed to produce any hit singles, with the group seen as an album-oriented collective. In 1970 and 1971, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (#7), “Beginnings” (#7) and “Questions 67 and 68” (#71/#24 re-release) would all prove to be belated hits. Buoyed by the success of their later albums, the album stayed on the charts for a then-record 171 weeks, and was certified gold (and later platinum and double platinum).

If you think that we’re here for the money
You could be right, you know(owowow)
But the bread is not too good here
It could be so natural
I said all you got to do is listen

If you don’t hear what you can tell us
If it’s good you can tell us all
Or you can smile, that’s alright my friend
It could be so nice, you know
If only you would listen

If you don’t understand it, no no no no
You got to try to fly
And don’t you put me down, please
For creating beyond your mind
I said all you got to do is listen

Songwriters: Robert Lamm / Robert William Lamm

Listen lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Spirit Music Group

Song Lyric Sunday — Listen

16 thoughts on ““Listen”

  1. Loved reading the backstory on this one, thanks for sharing that. This was new song for me, but I really liked it, has a great beat. I’m from the generation that got Peter Cetera’s Chicago, so it’s rare for me to know any of their older songs.

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