More Than a Feeling

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About More Than a Feeling

"More Than a Feeling" is a song by the American rock band Boston. Written by Tom Scholz, it was released as the lead single from their self-titled debut album on Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" on the b-side. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The track is now a staple of classic rock and in 1999 it was named the 39th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, and was also ranked at Number 500 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though it was dropped from the 2010 update.  


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I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
And I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away
I see my Marianne walkin' away

So many people have come and gone
Their faces fade as the years go by
Yet I still recall as I wander on
As clear as the sun in the summer sky

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
And I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away
I see my Marianne walkin' away

When I'm tired and thinking cold
I hide in my music, forget the day
And dream of a girl I used to know
I closed my eyes and she slipped away
She slipped away

It's more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
And I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away

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Boston

Boston (pronounced /ˈbɒstən/ or locally /ˈbɔstən/ ( listen)) is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its largest city, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was named Boston by early settlers from Boston, Lincolnshire in England. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper, covering 48.43 square miles (125.43 square km), had an estimated population of 625,087 in 2011 according to the U.S. Census, making it the 21st largest in the country. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolita… more »

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Written by: Tom Scholz

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12 facts about this song

Song Background
"More Than a Feeling" is a song by the American rock band Boston. It was released in 1976 as the lead single from their eponymous debut album.
Song-writing
The song was written by Tom Scholz, who is also one of the founding members of the band Boston.
Chart Performance
"More Than a Feeling" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S, becoming a major hit.
Critical Reception
It often ranks high on 'Best Rock Songs' lists for its melodious tune and lyrics that evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Influence
Many believe the song inspired Nirvana's 1991 billboard hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Kurt Cobain himself has admitted that he was trying to rip off Boston's sound while composing Nirvana's hit song.
Lyrics
The song's lyrics are about the power of music to trigger memories and feelings. The inspiration came from Scholz's longing for the "cool summer breeze" in Massachusetts where he used to live.
Production
Most of the song, including the guitar solos, was recorded in Scholz's basement.
Legacy
"More Than a Feeling" has become a staple of classic rock and is widely recognized for its harmonic, layered guitar work.
Covers and Adaptations
Since its release, the song has been covered by several artists and featured in various films, television shows, and video games.
The Album
Boston's self-titled debut album, featuring "More Than a Feeling," became one of the best-selling debut albums in the U.S with sales of over 17 million copies.
Band's Lineup
The lineup for "More Than a Feeling" consisted of Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, and Fran Sheehan.
Musical Composition
The song is renowned for its power chords, blended harmonies, and strong melodic hooks.

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