CSX Classic Cuts

NEW ORLEANS - JULY 28: Styx performs during the Mitsubishi Motors ArenaBowl Extravaganza at The Spanish Plaza on July 28, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. ArenaBowl XXI will be played between the COlumbus Destroyers and the San Jose SaberCats on Sunday July 29. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images for AFL)

WCSX Classic Cuts

Styx: “Lorelei”

The Hook: It was actually a reworking of an earlier song that wasn’t quite good enough to be included on any of the band’s first four albums.

Album: Equinox

Year: 1976

Writers: Dennis DeYoung and James Young

Stats: Peaked at number-27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Styx guitarist James Young tells the story behind “Lorelei,” just in case you’ve ever wondered who she is.

Styx guitarist James Young tells the story behind “Lorelei.” OC:…bit hipper. :24

“’Lorelei’s not really based on any particular person. Dennis and I had actually come up with a hook for a different song that was ‘live our lives together,’ with the same melody line and moving parts as ‘Lorelei.’ But the rest of the song really wasn’t up to par to get on one of our first four albums, so when it came time to do our first record for A&M, we sort of restructured it and changed the hook to ‘Lorelei, let’s live together’ and made it a bit hipper.”