Roger Hodgson

Roger Hodgson

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Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, song writers and singers of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of the band’s greatest hits.

Biography

Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, song writers and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Dreamer”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Breakfast In America”, “It’s Raining Again”, “School”, and “Fools Overture” and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives. His trademark way of setting beautiful introspective lyrics to upbeat melodies resonated and found its way into the hearts and minds of people from cultures around the world. His songs have remarkably stood the test of time and earned Roger and Supertramp an adoring worldwide following.
During the time that Roger led the band, Supertramp sold well over 60 million albums and became a worldwide rock phenomenon. In Canada alone, sales for “Crime of the Century” and “Breakfast in America” reached Diamond status; meaning one in fifteen Canadians owned both albums. The wildly successful “Breakfast in America,” with 3 of its 4 top ten hits written and sung by Roger, hit number one in every country and stayed on the top of the charts for a full year, becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Roger spent much of his childhood at boarding school where his guitar became his best friend. Self-taught, he began writing songs at the age of twelve, eventually adding piano, bass, drums and even cello to his musical accomplishments. It wasn’t long after his final school year that he recorded his first studio record called “Mr. Boyd” with a session band that included pianist Reg Dwight, later to become known as Elton John. It was during this time that Roger met Rick Davies and the nucleus of Supertramp was born. Their initial collaborations attracted the attention of A&M Records and their first album “Supertramp” was released in 1969. Roger was 19.
Shortly after their second album Roger and Rick began writing separately; though like Lennon/McCartney they maintained a joint writer’s credit throughout their Supertramp career. In 1973 the band released “Crime of the Century” with Roger’s song “Dreamer” becoming a #1 hit and driving the album to the top of the charts. Supertramp had arrived.
For the next nine years, dubbed by fans as the “Golden Years,” four studio albums and numerous tours culminated in the worldwide success of “Breakfast in America” which sold 18,000,000 copies. Roger’s songwriting, arranging, and producing skills resulted in three classic hits from the album - “The Logical Song”, “Take the Long Way Home” and “Breakfast In America”. Many awards followed with “Logical Song” being named best song musically and lyrically at England’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in 1980. “Logical Song” also had the distinction of becoming one of the most quoted lyrics in schools.
Roger parted company with Supertramp in 1983 after the “Famous Last Words” album and mega rock stadium tour. Following his heart, he chose to live a simple lifestyle in nature with his new family and pursue his spiritual values. He built a state of the art recording studio at home so he could still work and be with his children as they grew up. His first solo album, “In the Eye of the Storm”, was released in 1984 and became an international hit, selling over 2 million copies. Turning down offers to tour, Roger instead kept his focus on home and family. In 1987, the same week that Roger’s second album “Hai, Hai” was released, Roger took a bad fall and shattered both his wrists. Doctors told him he would never play music again. After a long period of self-healing and physical therapy, Roger proved them wrong, his passion and natural genius once again being expressed through his music.
Roger would wait 10 years before releasing his next album, “Rites of Passage” in which he was proudly accompanied by his son, Andrew. This 1997 live album fulfilled fans’ yearning for new material, as well as including a few of Roger’s classic hits. In 2000 Roger’s next studio album, “Open the Door,” brought more of his creative lyrics and composing, with songs like “Love is a Thousand Times,” which he recently recorded live on his DVD.
The 2005 release “Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology” is a 2- CD collection of Classic songs recorded by Supertramp from 1969 to 2005. Roger wrote and sang lead on 14 of the 32 tracks, and either played or lent his creative touch to all but one track of this anthology.
To this day Roger continues to write music and lyrics and has over 60 unreleased songs. He compares his writing process to an artist painting a picture, keeping it close to his heart until the picture is complete before he shares it with the world. Often drawing upon his own life experiences, Roger’s songs convey a very personal message to audiences around the world.
It is only since 2002, with his children grown and a spiritual rebirth, that Roger has felt the call to tour again. The legend i

Lyrics

Give a Little Bit

Written By: Roger Hodgson

Give A Little Bit Lyrics

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
Give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
There's so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show that you care

I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Take his hand, you'll be so surprised

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of my life for you
I'll give a little bit of my love for you
Now's the time that we need to share
So find yourself, we're on our way back home

Going home
Don't you need to feel at home?
Oh yeah, we going back home

We gotta get the feeling
We gotta get the feeling right now
We’re going back home

We’ve come a long way
It’s been a long ride
We’ve come a long way
Oh, can we sing it tonight

The Logical Song

Written By: Roger Hodgson

Logical Song

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the worlds asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Wont you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Wont you sign up your name, wed like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the worlds asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Wont you please, please tell me what weve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Discography

Roger Hodgson’s Selected Discography with Supertramp
The songs listed below each of the Supertramp albums are the ones that Roger composed the music and wrote the lyrics for:

Supertramp (1970)
Includes
Indelibly Stamped (1971)
Includes
Crime of the Century (1974)
Includes
• Surely
• Aubade – and I am Not Like Other Birds of Prey
• Words Unspoken
• Try Again
• Surely • Travelled
• Rosie Had Everything Planned
• Potter
• Aries • School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• If Everyone was Listening


Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
Includes
Even in the Quietest Moments (1977)
Includes
Breakfast in America (1979)
Includes
• Easy Does It
• Sister Moonshine
• A Soapbox Opera
• Lady
• The Meaning
• Two of Us • Give a Little Bit
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Babaji
• Fool’s Overture
• The Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• Lord is it Mine?
• Child of Vision


Paris Live (1980)
Includes
Famous Last Words (1982)
Includes
The Very Best of Supertramp Vol. 1
Includes
• School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• A Soapbox Opera
• Two of Us
• Fool’s Overture
• Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home • Crazy
• It’s Raining Again
• Know Who You Are
• C’est le bon
• Don’t Leave Me Now

• School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• Give a Little Bit
• Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• It’s Raining Again


The Very Best of Supertramp Vol 2
Includes
Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology (2005)
Includes
• If Everyone was Listening
• A Soapbox Opera
• Lady
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Babaji
• Fool’s Overture
• Don’t Leave Me Now • Surely
• Land Ho
• School
• Dreamer
• Sister Moonshine
• Lady
• Two of Us
• Give a Little Bit
• Logical Song • Even in the Quietest Moments
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• It’s Raining Again
• Don’t Leave Me Now
Though all songs recorded by Supertramp up until 1983 were legally credited Davies/Hodgson, Roger and Rick wrote separately on all of the above songs except School. They shared the writer's credit, much like Lennon & McCartney did with the Beatles.

Roger Hodgson’s Solo Discography


In the Eye of the Storm (1984)
Hai Hai (1987)
Includes
• Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)
• In Jeopardy
• Lovers in the Wind
• Hooked on a Problem
• Give Me Love, Give Me Life
• I’m Not Afraid
• Only Because of You Includes
• Right Place
• My Magazine
• London
• You Make Me Love You
• Hai Hai
• Who’s Afraid?
• Desert Love
• Land Ho
• House on the Corner
• Puppet Dance


Rites of Passage – Live (1997)
Open the Door (2000)
Includes
• Every Trick in the Book
• In Jeopardy
• Showdown
• Don’t You Want to Get High?
• Take the Long Way Home
• Red Lake
• Time Waits for No One
• Logical Song
• Give a Little Bit Includes
• Along Came Mary
• The More I Look
• Showdown
• Hungry
• The Garden
• Death and a Zoo
• Love is a Thousand Times
• Say Goodbye
• Open the Door
• For Every Man


Take the Long Way Home – Live in Montreal DVD (2006)
Includes
• Take the Long Way Home
• Give a Little Bit
• Loves in the Wind
• Hide in Your Shell
• Oh Brother
• Logical Song
• Easy Does It
• Sister Moonshine • Love is a Thousand Times
• Breakfast in America
• Don’t Leave Me Now
• Dreamer
• It’s Raining Again
• School
• Two of Us
• Give a Little Bit

Bonus Features
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Dreamer (with Orchestra)
• Logical Song (with Orchestra)
• Fool’s Overture (with Orchestra)

Set List

Roger Hodgson
90 minute Concert
Sample Set List

Take the Long Way Home
Give a Little Bit
Lovers in the Wind
Hide in Your Shell
Oh Brother
The Logical Song

Easy Does it
Sister Moonshine
Rosie had Everything Planned
Breakfast in America
Lord is it Mine

Along Came Mary
Even in the Quietest Moments
Child of Vision
If Everyone was Listening

Don't Leave me Now
Dreamer
It's Raining Again

School
Two of us
Give a Little Bit