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Bernie's posting of Eric's live performance of "Boats Against the Current" on Christmas day was a revelation for me. It's been my favorite song for a long time but I'd never seen it done live. So that was a thrill... a heartfelt thanks to you, Bernie. In honor of "Boats," here's a quiz. If you get 8-10 correct, you're an expert.

1] What was Eric doing while he wrote the song "Boats Against the Current"?

2] In the original LP jacket, there's a typo in the "Boats" lyric. Did anyone else ever notice it?

3] Re: the Boats album.... On another song, Eric mentions a certain ship by name. What is the name of that vessel?

4] What was the song Eric recorded and planned to put on the Boats album that got left off?

5] And why was it omitted?

6] Which songs were singles?

7] The first of those singles had a "B" side that wasn't on the album. What song was it?

8] A line in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night refers to the "dead white hours in Zurich." Where does that image seem to turn up on the Boats album? [Thanks to a Trindy post on our 2007 Boats blog , where many of these answers are found....]

9] Eric describes the feeling of "...blowin’ down some windy street/Feeling so alone and incomplete†on one of the album's songs. What real-life observation prompted him to write that line?

10] And finally, is the song "Boats Against the Current" optimistic... or pessimistic?

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Bernie's posting of Eric's live performance of "Boats Against the Current" on Christmas day was a revelation for me. It's been my favorite song for a long time but I'd never seen it done live. So that was a thrill... a heartfelt thanks to you, Bernie

My sentiments exactly, LC. You probably saw my post telling Bernie it made me cry when I saw the live clip. Being a relative newbie around here, I am by no means an expert on the history of BOATS. I know some of the answers,(read the Boats blog soon after I joined EC.com), and am looking forward to learning more about the song that started my "love affair" with EC's music!
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I was fortunate enough to see him do it on the tour when it first came out (he was backing up Hall and Oates here) and unbelievably fortunate enough to see him do it on the Ringo tour in Chicago. (God, I would kill for a video of that show! All the DVD's Ringo puts out and not THAT tour!)

Hey, Eric, let me give you some trivia. Do you remember what happened when you started playing "Boats" on that tour in Chicago?

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10] And finally, is the song "Boats Against the Current" optimistic... or pessimistic?

LC...this was one very difficult quiz for me. Great job! As far as "Boats Against The Current" being optimistic or pessimistic....I'll opt for realistic. I've always been amazed at the complex, mature lyric of this song written by a 25 year old kid.

One of my top five songs of all time.

John

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I don't remember what happened on "Boats" during my solo tour, either. Somehow, when you've been on tour for a long time, the shows seem to become a bit of a blur, unless something REALLY GREAT or REALLY HORRIFIC happens.

We did 90 shows on the "Dirty Dancing Tour." I couldn't tell you much about any of them, except for a handful.

I remember Radio City Music Hall sounded acoustically dead as a doornail, and I think there was some guy leaning on the stage with his elbow and I went over and harassed him.

I remember owning the show at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland. Great audience in my hometown. Wally was there and came backstage. That was nice.

I remember slamming my dressing room door so hard it came off the hinges after the show in Columbus, Ohio because someone draped a jacket over my mic and mic stand backstage and I stood onstage playing the intro to "Make Me Lose Control" over and over again for five long minutes before anyone in the road crew figured out that I didn't have a mic. Duh.

I remember the last L.A show the Raspberries played because everything was going perfectly for the first six songs, and then when I sat down at the piano, my in-ear monitors went crazy and it pretty much ruined the rest of the show for me. It was just horrible.

Plus there was a really cute girl with a low cut blouse, dressed like the "Swiss Miss" standing right in front of the stage. She had braids and looked like she'd just come down from the Alps with a herd of goats. None of us could quite figure out the outfit.

That's the sort of stuff I remember.

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The show I was talking about with Hall and Oates was at the old Uptown Theatre on the north side of Chicago (I had to take four busses to get there, as it was before I drove!)in 1977.

EC was wearing a white jacket with a dark shirt and pants. I was in the fourth or fifth row.

He started playing "Boats", beautifully, of course, and just as he was about to start to sing, the lid on the grand piano slammed down and made a THUNDEROUS noise. Eric, and just about everyone in the first few rows, jumped out of their seats at the shock.

EC said, "do you guys mind if I start that one over?" and everyone laughed and gave him a rousing ovation! He took a deep breath and smiled, which got some more laughs and then absolutely kicked ass and moved not only only me, but just about everyone I could see around me to tears!

Everyone stood up when the song was over. One of the greatest and moving performances I have ever seen and something I will never forget.

That was the fourth time I had seen him as a solo artist in Illinois in less than a two year period (oh, for those days!).

As far as the Ringo show many years later, I'm pretty sure I had read that most of the tour, the players took turns rotating doing an extra solo song (Eric, true of false?) but the night in Chicago, Ringo was somewhat ill, so they did all of the solo stuff to help him out. Eric was incredible doing "Boats" that night. I'd pay big bucks to have a video of THAT show!

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... Plus there was a really cute girl with a low cut blouse, dressed like the "Swiss Miss" standing right in front of the stage. She had braids and looked like she'd just come down from the Alps with a herd of goats. None of us could quite figure out the outfit.

Ha! She was with the group that I was with!
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