Oct 172004
 

From CELEBRATE ME HOME
Written by David Foster, Kenny Loggins & Eva Ein Loggins

Kenny Loggins and David Foster have worked together several times in the course of their long and successful careers. In the archives area of this website you can already find a couple of their best efforts. This week we have picked another beautiful composition co-written by them. “Daddy’s Back” is taken from Loggins’ solo debut album, “Celebrate Me Home.” Released in 1977 right after the singer ended his successful partnership with Jim Messina that first brought Loggins in the spotlight, “Celebrate Me Home” is a fine collection of brilliant and sophisticated pop songs produced by Phil Ramone (Paul Simon and Billy Joel) and fusion master Bob James who clearly influenced the album’s sound architecture with his jazz flavors.
Kenny Loggins’ tenor voice steals the show here with its mellow tones and crystal clear high notes on songs like “I Believe In Love,” “Set It Free,” and the famous, inspirational title track. “Daddy’s Back” is another winning moment. It is a pretty, smooth song that starts in a slow tempo with the singer only surrounded by acoustic guitars, electric piano and percussion. It then gently builds to a rich, orchestral up-tempo ending. The producers assembled a stunning line-up to play on the record, calling several session aces; drummers Harvey Mason and Steve Gadd, guitarists Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Dean Parks and Eric Gale. Bob James played all the keyboards together with Richard Tee. “Celebrate Me Home” reached Billboard’s top 30 and was a platinum seller. It started a string of hit records for Loggins that would bring him superstar status in just a few years.


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Lead Vocals: Kenny Loggins
Keyboards: Bob James
Guitars: Eric Gale & Robben Ford
Drums: Harvey Mason
Bass: George Hawkins
Percussion: Steve Forman & Laudir de Oliveira
Saxes & Woodwinds: Jon Clarke & Vince Denham
Background vocals: George Hawkins & Kenny Loggins
Musical Direction & String Arrangements: Bob James
Horn Arrangements: Bob James, Jon Clarke & Vince Denham
Produced by Phil Ramone & Bob James


Lyrics

So far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It will be so fine to see your face at my door
And it doesn’t help to know that your just time away
Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh how I wish I could
But you’re so far away

One more song about moving along the highway
I can’t say much of anything that’s new
But if I could only work this life out my way
I’d rather spend it being close to you
But you’re so far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It will be so fine to see your face at my door
And it doesn’t help to know you’re so far away
So far away, yeah you’re so far away

Travelling around sure gets me down and lonely
Nothing else to do but close my mind
And I sure hope the road don’t get to own me
There’s so many dreams that I’ve yet to find
But you’re so far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It will be so fine to see your face at my door
And it doesn’t help to know