I love the night life, I want to boogie on the disco floor.
Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're staying alive
I should be dancing
Their no-nonsense, hetero manly albums (mostly entitled Chicago) had a subdued beat impossible to dance to and lyrics that you actually had to listen to in order to understand, mostly stories about pain and loss.
And, paradoxically, obviously without their intention, full of gay subtexts. Girls rarely mentioned. The lost love could be male or female.
April 1975, just after Dan and I broke up, "Old Days":
Take me back to the world gone away
Seem like yesterday
August 1975, the beginning of my sophomore year at a new high school, "Brand New Love Affair":
It's no good to be all alone
When you hurt a friend
And you both feel empty
What I'd give to erase the pain
Will we ever make friends
June 1976, just after my date with the King of Sweden, "Another Rainy Day in New York City"
Another rainy day in New York City
Softly sweet, so silently it falls
As crosstown traffic crawls
Memories in my way in New York City,
July 1976, just after my first sexual experience, "If You Leave Me Now"
If you leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me.
September 1977, the beginning of my senior year"Baby, What a Big Surprise"
, Yesterday it seemed to me
My life was nothing more than wasted time
But here today you've softly changed my mind
May 1978, during the angst-filled month before I figured "it" out, "Take Me Back to Chicago"
Take me back to Chicago
Lay my soul to rest
Where my life was free and easy
Remember me at my best
See also: My Date with the King of Sweden; The Best Day of the Best Month of the Best Year Ever.