WCSX Classic Cuts
Peter Frampton: "Show Me the Way" and/or "Baby I Love Your Way"
The Hook: Frampers breaks out of a Caribbean funk in a big way.
Album: Frampton Comes Alive
Writer: Peter Frampton
Stats: "Baby I Love Your Way" peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Show Me the Way" peaked at number-6.
The Background: The 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive is where it all came together for Peter Frampton. He tells us that the album's first two hits were born on the very same day during a tropical writing session for his previous album, 1975's Frampton.
Peter Frampton on how “Baby I Love Your Way” and "“Show Me the Way” both resulted from a stay in Nassau that started with a bad case of writer’s block. OC:…the lyrics. :29
“I was down there for about three weeks – nothing. And I was in fact staying at Steve Marriott’s cottage – Humble Pie owned six little cottages on the beach and I rented Steve’s. And when I got going, I wrote like eight or nine songs, one after the other. And I went through some cassettes I found and I wrote “Show Me the Way,” “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Nowhere’s Too Far” in the same day. Not lyrically, as well -- but I would write the music during the day and then when the sun went down I would write the lyrics.”
I wonder how you're feeling There's ringing in my ears And no one to relate to 'cept the sea Who can I believe in I'm kneeling on the floor There has to be a force who do I phone The stars are out and shining, but all I really want to know...