Feb 102008
 

From THE BOX
Written by David Foster, Robert Lamm & Richard Marx

If you’re seeking a comprehensive look at Chicago’s long and successful career, “The Box” released in 2003 by Rhino Records is the perfect tool. It includes 5 cds and one dvd that showcase the amazing string of Top 40 and Adult Contemporary hits the band has amassed in 35+ years. There are also three songs that come from the 1993 unreleased album “Stone Of Sisyphus.” Among the fourteen songs representing the David Foster era are evergreens like “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” “Hard Habit To Break” and “You’re The Inspiration.” A
rarity on this box set is “Good For Nothing,” a song recorded during the Chicago 17 sessions that was co-written by Foster and Robert Lamm with famous singer/sonwriter Richard Marx.
This tune was originally part of the 1985 multi-artist charity album, “We Are The World” and was never included on a Chicago album. “Good For Nothing” is
also the last song that Peter Cetera recorded with the band before going solo. It is a solid pop up-tempo thing with a light funk groove that features Lamm on lead vocal. The trademark Chicago horns have some room to shine together with prominent guitar licks courtesy of session ace Paul Jackson plus the usual Foster show on various keyboards and synthesizers. Like all his works with the band, Foster’s production on this one is elegant and high tech.


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Lead Vocals: Robert Lamm
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster & Robert Lamm
Bass: Peter Cetera
Drums: Danny Seraphine
Guitars: Paul Jackson, jr.
Trombone: James Pankow
Sax: Walter Parazaider
Trumpet: Lee Loughnane
Backing Vocals: Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera & Bill Champlin
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

I helped my good friend’s brother
Out of trouble when he was in jail
I was rushed ’cause I got lucky
Paid his lawyer and I paid his bail

Glad to be able just to pay the price
The price it took to set him free
I never heard a single “thank you” at all
You’d think by now I could see

All the good that I did was for nothing, aah
All the good that I did was for nothing
Why don’t I just let it be?

I fought for two young lovers
New York artists they were on the run
Got them out to California
One was gifted and the other was fun

Merchants will always be merchants, of course
But an artist’s is a fragile life
And it’s something I have always believed
The memory cuts like a knife

All the good that I did was for nothing, aah
All the good that I did was for nothing, aah
All the good that I did was for nothing
All the good that I did
(All the good that I did)
Why can’t I just let it be?

All the good that I did was for nothing, aah
All the good that I did
All the good that I did was for nothing
All the good I did
All the good I did
All the good I did was for nothing