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"Same Old Song and Dance"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get Your Wings
B-side "Pandora's Box"
Released 1974
Format Record
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:53 (Original Version) 3:00 (Alternate Version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Producer Jack Douglas
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Dream On"
"Same Old Song and Dance"
"Train Kept A-Rollin'"

"Same Old Song and Dance" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. 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 was only #54 on The Billboard Hot 100, it has remained a staple on most rock radio stations and in the band's setlist.

Song structure

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 compilations including Greatest Hits (1980) (where 52 seconds of the song are edited out and the first line from one of the verses is changed from "Got you with your cocaine..." to "Shady-looking loser..."), 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 (2004).

  • The song is a playable track in the video game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a Master Track. (Although the version used is the edited track from Greatest Hits.).


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