This is perhaps my favourite Stealers Wheel track.
It was never released as a single as far as I know and came from the third Stealers Wheel album Right or Wrong. By the time it appeared the group had long since ceased to exist and both its leading lights, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, were no longer working together.
From the outside I would say that the lyric maybe says a lot about a West of Scotland RC upbringing.
When we were in Cockermouth earlier this year we were in an antique/junk shop where a radio was playing.
I was wandering round looking at items for sale vaguely listening, though the sound was quite muffled. On came the song below. I knew the correct words but for some reason when it came to the, “I’ll be home,” line I heard the next one as, “I’ll be your xylophone, waiting for you.”
It does make a weird kind of sense, though; as most misheard lyrics do.
The Foundations: Build Me Up Buttercup
The sound on this is from the record but the video was taken at a live gig, so goes on beyond the song.
This one’s a bit of a cheat since it was recorded in 1958; as the names referenced in the lyric attest. It wasn’t a hit in the UK till 1985 though, on the back of a TV advert, so fits the category.
It’s also one of the good lady’s favourite tracks. I remember buying the 12 inch for her.
The accompanying video here has an interesting cartoon.