"Same Old Song and Dance
" is a song by American hard rock
. The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler
and guitarist Joe Perry
. It was released in 1974
on the band's second album Get Your Wings
. Although it failed to chart, it has remained a staple on most rock radio stations and in the band's setlist.
The song was built around a riff that Joe Perry came up with while sitting on his amp. Steven Tyler quickly came up with the lyrics. The song's lyrics are sung in sync with the main riff in the song. Additionally, the song is known for its upbeat rhythm and the dueling guitars by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford
, along with interspersed horns.
Live in concert
The song has remained a fan favorite and a staple in the band's live shows. The band often does an extended jam during the song live in concert, often resulting in the song going two minutes over the song's original running time. This extended jam at the end of a song is used as a showcase for Tom Hamilton. Steven Tyler is also known to do his trademark scat singing
during these jams.
On other albums
"Same Old Song and Dance" has been featured on numerous Aerosmith compilatons including Greatest Hits
(1980) (where 52 seconds of the song are edited out), Pandora's Box
(1991), O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
(2002), and Greatest Hits 1973–1988
(2004). The song can also be found on the live albums Classics Live II
(1987), A Little South of Sanity
(1998) and Rockin' the Joint
(2005), as well as on the live DVD You Gotta Move
In other media