The song was written by Roger Hodgson before Supertramp were formed, during his late teens, but is jointly credited to him and his bandmate/songwriting partnerRick Davies. Davies wanted Hodgson to re-write the by-then over a decade old lyrics, but Hodgson refused, feeling that they were too intrinsic to the song and captured the innocence of his adolescence. The lyrics tell about a person who has never been to America and fantasises about it.
The 2005 song "Cupid's Chokehold" by Gym Class Heroes samples the music and chorus line from this song. The song was also sampled in Drake's "Stunt Hard" and singer James Blunt performed a live version of the song which featured on the deluxe edition of his second album All The Lost Souls.
- Roger Hodgson: piano, lead vocals, harmonium, electric guitar
- Rick Davies: harpsichord, backing vocals
- John Helliwell: clarinet, backing vocals
- Dougie Thomson: bass
- Bob Siebenberg: drums
- Slyde Hyde: trombone, tuba
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