“Saturday in the Park”

“Saturday in the Park”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Robert Lamm
“Saturday in the Park”

Written by Robert Lamm
Recorded by Chicago

It’s funny that you ask me about this song because I’ve been told it’s on one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul CDs. “Saturday in the Park” was written in the early ’70s and is on the album Chicago V. I used to always travel with my movie camera, a Super 8, to document everything just for fun. In the summer of 1969, I was in New York on the way to Atlantic City. In the summers in New York City, Central Park is closed to cars. I was observing all of the people enjoying themselves on a Saturday in the park.

The following year, I was back in New York, where we cut most of our albums, recording Chicago V. I shot more footage then. When we finished recording, I went home and edited two years worth of color film together and came up with a short film that turned out to be what the lyrics say. There are slow motion shots of bicycles, and shots of the bronze man amongst other statues in the park like Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Anderson. Essentially, the song was the soundtrack to this film.

The song reflects the sense of peace common in a big city on weekends. The sense of joy, connecting with people is something we can all relate to, be they in Denmark, South America, Chicago or Nashville, or anywhere else. I’m convinced that is why the song is still so popular.

“Saturday in the Park”

Saturday in the park

I think it was the fourth of July.

Saturday in the park

I think it was the fourth of July.

People dancing, people laughing

A man selling ice cream

Singing Italian songs.

(fake Italian lyric)

Can you dig it? (Yes, I can)

And I’ve been waiting such a long time

For Saturday.

Saturday in the park

You’d think it was the fourth of July.

Saturday in the park

You’d think it was the fourth of July.

People talking, really smiling

A man playing guitar

Singing for us all.

Will you help him change the world?

Can you dig it? (Yes, I can)

And I’ve been waiting such a long time

For today.

Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day

A bronze man still can tell stories his own way

Listen children all is not lost

All is not lost.

Funny days in the park

Every day’s the fourth of July,

Funny days in the park

Every day’s the fourth of July.

People reaching, people touching

A real celebration

Waiting for us all

If we want it, really want it.

Can you dig it? (Yes, I can)

And I’ve been waiting such a long time

For the day.

Written by Robert Lamm. © 1971 Primary Wave Music

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