Song Lyric Sunday — Breakfast Time

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is meals, specifically breakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch, snack, and supper. Jim Adams credits fellow blogger Paula Light with these delicious themes, although knowing Paula, I’m surprised she didn’t specify cupcakes. For my meal-related song I’m going with the song “Breakfast in America” from Supertramp.

“Breakfast in America” was the title track from Supertramp’s 1979 album of the same name. Supertramp was a British band whose main songwriters were keyboard player Rick Davies and bass player Roger Hodgson. Although they shared songwriting credits, most of their songs were written separately.

Hodgson wrote this one when he was in his late teens and still living in England. The song described an English youth who dreams of going to America and becoming famous, which is exactly what Supertramp did. It was a top-ten hit in the UK and a live version of the song reached number 62 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in January 1981.

The band included the song “Breakfast in America,” on the album — and used the song’s name as the name of the album — even though Hodgson had written it eight years before most of the other songs on the album. They felt that the song would have a shot at being a commercial success and they wanted the album to have pop appeal. That was a change from Supertramp’s previous albums, which were more conceptual and elaborate.

Hodgson said of the song, “It was just mind chatter. Just writing down ideas as they came, fun thoughts all strung together. And I do remember the Beatles had just gone to America, and I was pretty impressed with that. That definitely stimulated my dream of wanting to go to America. And obviously seeing all those gorgeous California girls on the TV and thinking, Wow, that’s the place I want to go.” He eventually did move to California in 1973 and has lived there ever since.

Hodgson and Davies had a specific disagreement over the first line in the song: “Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got.” Hodgson explained that Davies never liked the lyrics to “Breakfast.” He thought the lyrics were trite, especially that first line. Hodgson said that he didn’t actually have a girlfriend at that time, and, he added, “If I did, it wouldn’t have lasted much longer after that.”

Here are the lyrics to “Breakfast in America.”

Take a look at my girlfriend
She’s the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend
Never seem to get a lot

Take a jumbo across the water
Like to see America
See the girls in California
I’m hoping it’s going to come true
But there’s not a lot I can do

Could we have kippers for breakfast
Mummy dear, mummy dear
They got to have ’em in Texas
‘Cause everyone’s a millionaire

I’m a winner, I’m a sinner
Do you want my autograph
I’m a loser, what a joker
I’m playing my jokes upon you
While there’s nothing better to do

Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-doo-de-dow-de-dow, de
Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-de-doo-de-dow
Na na na, nana na na na na

Don’t you look at my girlfriend (girlfriend)
She’s the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend (girlfriend)
Never seem to get a lot (what’s she got, not a lot)

Take a jumbo cross the water
Like to see America
See the girls in California
I’m hoping it’s going to come true
But there’s not a lot I can do

Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-doo-de-dow-de-dow, de
Ba-ba-ba-dow, ba-bow-dum-de-doo-de-dow

Hey oh, hey oh, hey oh, hey oh,
Hey oh, hey oh, hey oh, hey oh

Na na na, nana na na na nana

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Breakfast Time

  1. talesfromthemindofkristian June 27, 2021 / 5:22 am

    I’ve always loved Supertramp. Brings back childhood memories of listening to the song and singing along with my Mum to the radio. I used to think the words were hilarious.

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  2. newepicauthor June 27, 2021 / 6:16 am

    I can remember being 17 and this kid a year older than I was actually told me, “Don’t you look at my girlfriend”, and I told him that this was America and I was free to look. There was a hangout in front of Friendly’s ice Cream store and everyone would ride by to see what was going on, which was usually nothing, but it was a small town and a lot of nothing was always going on. I slowed down when I drove by and he came up to my window and said that I had no right to be checking out the girls that were there,

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    • Fandango June 27, 2021 / 10:06 pm

      I was wondering who Liz was! 😉

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  3. aisasami July 4, 2021 / 9:25 am

    Great song! It is a such classic along with the album’s cover. My parents loved this song!

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  4. leigha66 July 9, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    Good choice! I remember my sister played this album a lot.

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