Giving It All Away

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"Giving It All Away"
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Single by Roger Daltrey
from the album Daltrey
ReleasedApril 1973
Format7" Single
RecordedJanuary–February 1973
Barn Studios, Apple Studios, and Nova Sound Studios
GenreRock, soft rock
LabelMCA (US), Track (UK)
Songwriter(s)David Courtney and Leo Sayer
Producer(s)Adam Faith
Roger Daltrey singles chronology
"Giving It All Away"
"'Free Me'"

"'Giving It All Away'" was a 1973 single release by Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who. The song was written by the then unknown Leo Sayer with David Courtney.[1][2][3][4] Adam Faith produced the track.[5]

The song was the first single from the album Daltrey, it reached number five in the UK Singles Chart but failed to chart in the US. Daltrey would never beat this chart position in the UK throughout his whole solo career.[6]

The British release, with considerable airplay of "Giving It All Away", (first lines "I paid all my dues so I picked up my shoes, I got up and walked away") coincided with news reports of the Who being sued for unpaid damage to their hotel on a recent tour, including a TV set being thrown out of the window.

Daltrey performed the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973.[7]

Sayer later recorded his own version of the song for his second album Just a Boy, along with another track from Daltrey, "One Man Band".


  1. ^ Thomson, Dave. "Daltrey". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Giving It All Away (3:25)". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Daltrey". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Giving It All Away". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Roger Daltrey - Giving It All Away (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 138. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test Vol. 3 (DVD). BBC Video. 2006.

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