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LEGEND IN A LOUNGEROOM

(A.Qunta/J.Wareing/T.Qunta)

When I was a baby
I could sing myself to sleep at night
Banged a rhythm on my pillow
I was rocking to a beat
Too young to tap my feet

I'm ready, I'm ready
The legend in the loungeroom
Knocking at the door
I'm ready, I'm ready
There's a crowd in the hallway
Yelling out for more
Eyes in the mirror
Head in the clouds
I wanna have it all
And I want it now

I listened to my heroes
And dreamed of being one of them someday
Standing in the spotlight
No more teachers in my way
Just get out there and play

I'm ready, I'm ready
The legend in the loungeroom
Busting out the door
I'm ready, I'm ready
There's a crowd in the hallway
Yelling out for more
I can't disappoint my family of fans
The other believers in my future plans
I'm ready, I'm ready
The legend in the loungeroom
Knocking down the wall
I dreamed my dreams
And I planned the plot
I'm taking little brother
And I'm heading for the top

I'm ready, I'm ready
The legend in the loungeroom
Looking out for fame
I'm ready, I'm ready
There's a crowd in the doorway
Yelling out my name
I can't disappoint my legion of fans
They all have a part in my future plans
I'm ready, I'm ready
The legend in the loungeroom
Kicking down the door
Eyes in the mirror
Head in the clouds
I wanna have it all
And I want it now

(c.Rondor Music/Copyright Control)


The title track was the other new song written especially for the album, and came about in rather roundabout way. INXS and Icehouse were Australian bands who were touring a lot at the time. We knew each other of course, so it was fun meeting up around the world from time to time. I asked Andy Farriss, their keyboardist/guitarist/songwriter if he would write something with me. He said he would be happy to, but we were never in the same place long enough to do it. I decided to write what I thought we would have written. First day back in the writers room, I got it all worked out on keyboard, bass, and drum machine, and I liked it. Next day I added a guitar part. Now I really liked it. I played it over and over. Unfortunately I couldn't think of any vocal line or melody. Eventually, Jane suggested the I'm Ready bit. From then on, that was the title, and that's all we had. Sometime during preproduction, Jane suggested there should be a song called "Legend In A Loungeroom". I had decided on that as the album title right from the start. It was a reference to Tone and I when we were young, in our loungeroom (English word for living-room), miming to records, dreaming of being rock stars. I realized that would go well with I'm Ready, as I was now ready for stardom! The lyrics were then written very quickly, it is just my life story as far as music is concerned, with some "in" jokes and references. For example, the "crowd in the hallway" is my Mum and Dad, standing in the hallway, watching our band, Factory, rehearsing in their dining-room (with all the best glasses being shaken off the shelves and smashing in the cabinet!). Once the lyrics were finished I still couldn't find a melody to fit. Fortunately Tone came to the rescue and helped me with that.