Who Sang Why Should People Stay the Same? Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin Dance Band on the Titanic cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Harry F. Chapin
release date: 1977
genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 4:48
producer: Stephen Chapin
membranophone: Howie Fields
vocal: John Wallace, Doug Walker, Stephen Chapin and Harry Chapin
guitar: Harry Chapin
keyboard: Stephen Chapin
percussion: Arthur Jenkins
cello: Kim Scholes
bass guitar: Doug Walker and John Wallace
acoustic guitar & electric guitar & slide guitar: Doug Walker
You were chasing him down Braodway on that white-hot July,
'Cause he thought he'd got a message from some holy man on high.
He said his chance had finally come; he'd done it on his own,
He had to leave his past behind; the first thing that had to go--was home.

You put him in an aeroplane and packed your life and clothes,
You learned all the lessons that the suitcase lady knows.
He said, "Something still drags me back from where I'm heading to,"
You didn't really understand, 'til the next thing that had to go--was you.

Some things are sacrificed and some things remain,
Some things bring pleasure and some things bring pain.
Some things must pass away, and some things are regained,
When the whole world is changing, why should people stay the same?

You saw his picture in the paper, that disarming boyish smile,
You sometimes had to swallow hard as you saw him on the dial.
You heard him on a talk show, he was hearing no one else,
Then suddenly you knew too well, the last thing he'd left behind--was himself.

Some things are sacrificed and some things remain,
Some things bring pleasure and some things bring pain.
Some things must pass away, and some things are regained,
When the whole world is changing, why should people stay the same?

So you pulled yourself together, friends and family said you should,
You discovered you were doing things you never knew you could.
And someday when he calls you, which you know of course he'll do,
You'll just send him away again, 'cause the last thing you finally
found--was you.



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Dance Band on the Titanic
  • 2 Why Should People Stay the Same
  • 3 My Old Lady
  • 4 We Grew Up a Little Bit
  • 5 Bluesman
  • 6 Country Dreams
  • 7 I Do It for You, Jane
  • 8 I Wonder What Happened to Him
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Paint a Picture of Yourself (Michael)
  • 2 Mismatch
  • 3 Mercenaries
  • 4 Manhood
  • 5 One Light in a Dark Valley (An Imitation Spiritual)
  • 6 There Only Was One Choice

  • Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin