Born to Die (Grand Funk Railroad album)

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Born to Die
Born to die Grand Funk.jpg
Studio album by Grand Funk Railroad
Released January 1976
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 47:05
Label Capitol Records
Producer Jimmy Ienner
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
Caught in the Act
Born to Die
Good Singin', Good Playin'
Singles from Born to Die
  1. "Take Me"/"Genevieve"
    Released: January 1976
  2. "Sally"/"Love Is Dyin'"
    Released: February 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone link 2/5 stars

Born to Die is the 10th studio album by Grand Funk Railroad, released in 1976.

The album's title is considered to be one of the group's more somber, straying away from the upbeat and cocky attitude that was so prevalent on previous albums, such as All the Girls in the World Beware!!! (1974), and focusing on darker musical and lyrical content concerning death, politics, and personal relationships. The title track was written by Farner in memory of his cousin who had died in a motorcycle accident.[1] The more upbeat pop single, "Sally", released on 3 April, was written by Mark Farner for his then love interest, the actress/singer Sally Kellerman.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Born to Die" Farner Farner 5:35
2. "Dues" Brewer/Frost Brewer 5:36
3. "Sally" Farner Farner 3:16
4. "I Fell for Your Love" Brewer/Frost Brewer 4:12
5. "Talk to the People" Farner/Frost Farner 5:33
6. "Take Me" Brewer/Frost Brewer 5:10
7. "Genevieve" Farner/Brewer/Schacher/Frost Instrumental 6:12
8. "Love Is Dyin'" Brewer Brewer 4:14
9. "Politician" Farner Farner 3:54
10. "Good Things" Farner Farner 4:35
Total length: 41:05
Bonus Tracks - CD Release
No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
11. "Bare Naked Woman" (Live Rehearsal) (unknown) Farner 3:40
12. "Genevieve" (Live Rehearsal) Farner/Brewer/Schacher/Frost Instrumental 6:28



Chart (1976) Peak
Canadian Albums (RPM)[2] 31
US Billboard 200[3] 47


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Take Me" Billboard Hot 100 53[4]
Canada 58
"Sally" Billboard Hot 100 69[5]
Canada 35


  1. ^ Billy James An American Band: The Story of Grand Funk Railroad 1999 - Page 128 "Concerning the title track Farner said, '"Born To Die' was written for my cousin who passed away in a motorcycle accident. It was early the next morning after his death and I had the piano there. I just felt the song coming to me and I wrote it.
  2. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Born to Die Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 25, 2015
  3. ^ Born to Die charts at AllMusic
  4. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Take Me" Chart Position Retrieved March 25, 2015
  5. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Sally" Chart Position Retrieved March 25, 2015

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