It's funny how a song about nostalgia makes me nostalgic. She broke up with Tom because she became a Christian. One of the LA-area Indian casinos, Pechanga, uses parts of the song in their ads. I closed my eyes and she slipped away."When i listen to boston while biking makes me wanna fly, specially this and foreplay/long time, foreplay, i think it sounds just like freedom, reach your final destination and be unleashed onto life no breaks One of the greatest songs ever. And this song is among their greatest, with "It's Been Such A Long Time" and "Amanda." Heartfelt, inspiring, and rocking.8/5/09 ATTENTION: All these people claim to know the real Mary Ann of the song?! Apparently I'm also related to Barry Goudreau, which I just learned is my great-uncle.The Boston Church of Christ was the reason that Tom saw his "Mary Anne walking away". Though I'm not a big fan of pop music in ads, I will admit that they did a good job of editing in a panoramic zoom shot of a golf drive during the "slipped away..." sustained song is freakin' awesome! and even if they did steal a riff, c'mon it's not a hard thing to do when you're in the music industry. My band, Raised On Radio, started playing this and Peace of Mind the week after BD died, as a tribute. I don't actually know him personally because my family doesn't talk to that side.it's only rock 'n' name is marianne and this is my favourite song.when i was in college i worked in a bar that i liked to party in and had a very fun social life.Tom Scholz quoting "Marianne was my cousin who was older than I was by a bit, and I had a crush on her when I was 13.'I see my Marianne walking away...' A kid's grade-school crush, and her name fitted, and it worked out perfectly"The fact that, "When they finally got a record deal with CBS, they had to abide by union rules and complete it in a proper studio, which Scholz felt was a hindrance," is a little misleading.Boston BLEW Sabbath away, their show was clean and driving, as opposed to a drunken Ozzy almost falling off the stage.The song hit the airwaves the next day, and we went out and got the 8 track, and played it to death.
Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Long Time (#22) and "Peace of Mind" (#38). I was dating a girl in 19 until I got out of High School and join the Navy that summer, after attending Boot Camp and then going to my first Duty Station in the Fall of 1976 we broke up. It literally was written about my life at the time, I could turn this on and get lost in the moment.Now, over 35 years later, none of the songs on these albums pull on my heartstrings or stir my passion the way they did way back then.I have evolved so much since the 70s that these songs just don't seem to apply to anything in my life, past or present.His quote that "Your claim that this was 'the guy who originally did it' is a bit mystifying, since he never played on that recording, nor has he been 'of Boston' since he left my band over a quarter century ago, after performing with us for only three years." Actually, since he DID do it on the tour promoting that album and he WAS a member 'of Boston', then techincally, Huckabee was accurate.
Perhaps Huckabee could have been more clear that his playing of the song in no way implied the endorsement of Tom Scholz or any other member of Boston, but come on Tom, lighten up ...As it turned out, Scholz re-recorded all of the instrumental parts - leaving Delp's vocals - and then sent his tapes back to California for mastering with the engineers in Los Angeles being none the wiser to the fact that he had done all the instrumentals himself. He is, therefore, somewhat justified in believing that Boston IS Tom Scholz.