Same Old Song and Dance

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"Same Old Song and Dance"
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Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get Your Wings
B-side "Pandora's Box"
Released March 19, 1974 (1974-03-19)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded December 17, 1973–January 14, 1974 at Record Plant Studios[2]
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 3:53 (album version)
3:01 (single version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Producer(s) Jack Douglas and Ray Colcord[1][2]
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Dream On"
(June 27, 1973)
"Same Old Song and Dance"
(March 19, 1974)
"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 on March 19, 1974 as the lead single of their second studio album, Get Your Wings.[1] It has remained a staple on most rock radio stations[citation needed] and in the band's setlist.

Song structure[edit]

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 Perry and Brad Whitford, along with interspersed horns. Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed) plays the lead guitar on the Get Your Wings recording.[3]

Live performances[edit]

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 bassist Tom Hamilton. Steven Tyler is also known to do his trademark scat singing during these jams.

On other albums[edit]

"Same Old Song and Dance" has been featured on numerous Aerosmith compilations including Greatest Hits (1980) (where the song is remastered, 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 referenced in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethrecord". It is also referenced in the Twisted Sister song "What You Don't Know" off their album Under the Blade.

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 single edit, also available on Greatest Hits album).

Cover versions[edit]

Jack Russell, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Jeff Pilson, Bobby Blotzer and Edgar Winter covered the song for the Aerosmith tribute album Not the Same Old Song and Dance (Eagle Records, 1999). Additional guitars were by the album's producers Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet.


  1. ^ a b c Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (CD insert). Aerosmith. U.S.A.: Columbia Records. 1993 [1980]. CK 57367. 
  2. ^ a b Get Your Wings (Vinyl sleeve). Aerosmith. U.S.A.: Columbia Records. 1974. Back cover. PC 32847. 
  3. ^ "The Official Dick Wagner Website".