Supertramp's Songwriters

Roger Hodgson / Rick Davies Song List


Many fans have written in and asked who really wrote and composed Supertramp’s songs. So, our intention is to help the public realize who the actual songwriters were behind the classic “Supertramp” songs so that when people hear Roger’s voice, “one of the most recognizable voices in rock history,” they will recognize it as Roger Hodgson, the songwriter and composer of the songs we love. It is our hope to give Roger the honor and appreciation for his musical creations that have given the world so much.  And with that goal in mind, we have prepared the following song list.

 

Also many fans have asked about the agreement that Rick and Roger made concerning their respective songs when they dissolved their partnership. When Roger Hodgson left Supertramp 27 years ago he and Rick agreed that the band would not play Roger’s songs.  Their agreement was for Supertramp to become a vehicle for Rick’s music and Roger would go forward with his future secured by his songs and his voice.  And it wasn’t just a gentleman’s agreement. The publishing company & the contract legally recognize which songs each songwriter actually wrote and Roger was given legal approval rights for his songs and Rick for his.


The songs Roger Hodgson sings that are often referred to as Supertramp songs are songs that Roger wrote and composed alone - that is how he creates music. He will often hear the musical composition first, then the lyrics come. Sometimes he will hear the whole song complete inside himself before he puts it down on paper and recording.  When he was with Supertramp, he would make a demo of the song and bring it to the band for them to learn their parts. So Supertramp as a band never wrote and composed together, there were only 2 songwriters for the band. The songs Roger sings lead vocals on are the ones he composed the music and lyrics for, and the songs Rick sings lead vocals on are the ones that he wrote.

 

We are posting below the song list from Exhibit A of the contract, which is "a schedule of the titles... showing the actual writer(s) of each composition" giving Roger the approval rights of his songs and Rick the rights for his.

Written by Roger Hodgson

The Logical Song
Give a Little Bit
Dreamer
It’s Raining Again
Breakfast in America
Take the Long Way Home
Sister Moonshine
Land Ho
If Everyone was Listening
Hide in Your Shell
Easy Does It
Lady
The Meaning
Two of Us
A Soapbox Opera
Even in the Quietest Moments
Babaji
Fool’s Overture
Child of Vision
Lord Is It Mine
Crazy
Know Who You Are
Don’t Leave Me Now


C'est Le Bon


Roger Hodgson’s Other Popular Solo Songs
Lovers in the Wind 
Along Came Mary 
Love is a Thousand Times 
Had a Dream 
Open the Door
Hungry
In Jeopardy
Only Because of You
Death and a Zoo
For Every Man

Written by Rick Davies

Bloody Well Right
Crime of the Century
Goodbye Stranger
Rudy
Asylum
Summer Romance
Another Man’s Woman
Ain’t Nobody But Me
Poor Boy
Lover Boy
Downstream
From Now On
Casual Conversations
Gone Hollywood
Just Another Nervous Wreck
Oh Darling
You Started Laughing
Put on Your Brown Shoes
Bonnie
My Kind of Lady
Waiting So Long


Jointly Authored by Davies and Hodgson
Just a Normal Day
School