Songwriter (Justin Hayward album)

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Studio album by Justin Hayward
Released February 11, 1977
Recorded June - December 1976
Genre Rock
Length 42:28 (album)
48:26 (Original CD)
54:45 (UK reissue CD)
Label Deram Records
Producer Tony Clarke
Justin Hayward chronology
Blue Jays
Night Flight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Songwriter is an album by Justin Hayward released in February 1977. Hayward wrote all of the songs and played all of the instruments on the songs "Raised On Love" and "Nostradamus." The album also features musicians Hayward had worked with on his previous project, Blue Jays recorded with John Lodge. These included Jim Cockey on violin, Tom Tompkins on viola, and Tim Tompkins on cello, all members of the band Providence, and Mel Galley on bass, Terry Rowley on guitars, and Dave Holland on drums, all members of the band Trapeze. Ken Freeman played the keyboards. According to the LP liner notes, Hayward's daughter Doremi (born December 1972) sang on "Raised on Love."

It was later rereleased on CD in 1987 with two bonus tracks, "Marie" (originally released as a single in 1979) and "Learning the Game" (a previously unreleased track, written by Buddy Holly).

It was released again on Decca in April 2004 with the additional bonus tracks "Wrong Time, Right Place" and "Heart of Steel" (the B-side of the "Marie" single).

Original Track Listing[edit]

All songs were written by Justin Hayward, except where noted.

Side One[edit]

  1. "Tightrope" - 4:49
  2. "Songwriter Part 1" - 3:33
  3. "Songwriter Part 2" - 2:34
  4. "Country Girl" - 4:02
  5. "One Lonely Room" - 5:21

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Lay It on Me" - 2:56
  2. "Stage Door" - 5:11
  3. "Raised on Love" - 3:13
  4. "Doin' Time" - 4:22
  5. "Nostradamus" - 6:34

1987 CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Marie" - 3:45
  2. "Learning The Game" (Buddy Holly) - 2:12

2004 Expanded Edition Tracks (UK)[edit]

  1. "Wrong Time, Right Place" - 2:36
  2. "Marie" - 3:53
  3. "Heart Of Steel" - 3:26
  4. "Learning The Game" (Buddy Holly) - 2:12


  • Justin Hayward: Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Bass, Violin, Cello, Flute, Tambourine
  • Jim Cockey: Violin
  • Tom Tompkins: Viola
  • Tim Tompkins: Cello
  • Mel Galley: Bass
  • Terry Rowley: Guitar
  • Dave Holland: Drums
  • Ken Freeman: Keyboards
  • Doremi Hayward: Backing Vocals ("Raised on Love")
  • Peter Knight: Strings (conductor/arranger)

All songs written by Justin Hayward, except track 14 Buddy Holly

Produced by Tony Clarke, except tracks 11, 12, & 13 produced by Justin Hayward, and tracks 14 produced by Martin Wyatt

Strings on "One Lonely Room" and "Stage Door" by Peter Knight

Engineered By Tony Clarke, Derek Varnals and Dave Baker at Threshold, London
Mixdown engineer: Gary Ladinkski at Westlake, L.A.
Assistant Engineer: Dean Rod

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1977 UK Albums Chart 28
1977 Billboard 200 37


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Songwriter - Justin Hayward | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 November 2011.