Lowdown

Boz Scaggs

About Lowdown

"Lowdown" is a song originally recorded in 1976 by Boz Scaggs for his album Silk Degrees. The song was co-written by Scaggs and keyboardist David Paich. Paich, along with fellow "Lowdown" session musicians bassist David Hungate and drummer Jeff Porcaro, would later go on to help form the band Toto.


Year:
1976
5:16
3,857 
#3

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Baby's into running around
Hanging with the crowd
Putting your business in the street 
Talking out loud
Saying you bought her this and that
And how much you done spent
I swear she must believe it's all heaven sent

Hey boy you better bring the chick around
To the sad, sad truth the dirty lowdown

(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who) 
Taught her how to talk like that
(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who) 
Gave her that big idea

Nothin' you can't handle
Nothin' you ain't got
Put your money on the table 
And drive it off the lot
Turn on that old love light 
And turn a "maybe" to a "yes"
Same old schoolboy game got you into this mess

Hey son, better get back on to town
Face the sad old truth, the dirty lowdown

(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who) 
Put those ideas in your head
(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who)

Yeah

Come on back down, little son
Dig the low, low, low, low, lowdown!

You ain't got to be so bad, got to be so cold
This dog eat dog existence sure is getting old
Got to have a Jones for this
Jones for that
This runnin' with the Joneses, boy, just ain't where it's at, no, no

You gonna come back around
To the sad, sad truth, the dirty lowdown

(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who)
Got you thinking like that, boy
(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who) 

I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Said I wonder, wonder, wonder, I wonder who
Oh, look out for that lowdown (ohh, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who)
That dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty lowdown

Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who
Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Got you thinkin' like that
Got you thinkin' just like that
(Ooh I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who) 
Lookin' that girl in the face is so sad
I'm ashamed of you

I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

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Boz Scaggs

William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, along with the #2 album, Silk Degrees. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour. more »

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Written by: DAVID PAICH, BOZ SCAGGS

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Spirit Music Group

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14 facts about this song

Album Information
"Lowdown" comes from Boz Scaggs’ seventh album, "Silk Degrees," which was released in 1976.
Chart Position
The song was a major hit, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the R&B charts.
Genre
"Lowdown" is categorized under the genres of soft rock and blue-eyed soul.
Awards
"Lowdown" won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1977.
Song Length
The track has a duration of 5:16 minutes on the "Silk Degrees" album.
Songwriters
"Lowdown" was written by Boz Scaggs and David Paich.
Album Sequel
The success of "Lowdown" and "Silk Degrees" led to a semi-sequel album in 1977, titled "Down Two Then Left."
Cover Versions
It was covered by various artists, including Incognito and Jimmy Ponder.
Movie Appearance
The song "Lowdown" has been featured in several films including "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Commercial Usage
"Lowdown" has been used in multiple commercial applications, including in advertisements for brands like Fiat.
Music Video
The music video for "Lowdown" features Boz Scaggs performing the song live.
Collaboration
The recording features future Toto members David Paich (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums), and David Hungate (bass).
Grammy Nomination
In addition to winning Best R&B Song, "Lowdown" was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 1977 Grammy Awards.
Cultural Impact
The song is noted for its unique fusion of Jazz, pop, and soul elements, which helped make it a staple of 1970s radio.

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