- Draw the Line (song)
"Draw the Line" Single by Aerosmith from the album Draw the Line B-side "Bright Light Fright" Released 1977 Format Record Recorded 1977 Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock Length 3:24 Label Columbia Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Producer Jack Douglas Aerosmith singles chronology "Back in the Saddle"
"Draw the Line"
"Kings and Queens"
"Draw the Line" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and was released in 1977 as the first single (and title track) from the album Draw the Line. It peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included in their album Greatest Hits.
The song encompasses many of the typical things Aerosmith is known for, including the strong rhythm backbeat by Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, the back-and-forth interplay between guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. The song slows down before building to a climax showcasing Steven Tyler's trademark scream.
A stereo remix of this song is available on the "Oh Yeah! Ultimate Hits" compilation.
Lately in concert, however, the chief focus is on lead guitarist Joe Perry, who plays an extended guitar solo before the song's climax, and makes use of the open tuning used for the song by performing a number of tricks made possible by said tuning. These include placing the guitar on the floor & beating it with his shirt and having drummer Joey Kramer beat a rhythm over the strings with his drumsticks.
On more recent tours, he has also been known to employ a theremin in an extended breakdown of the song, often imitating Jimmy Page's use of one in Led Zeppelin's heyday. The band often follow with a brief snippet of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" before returning into the song.
The b-side of some versions of the single, "Chip Away the Stone", was not on the Draw the Line album but eventually surfaced on Gems (a compilation of heavier, harder-edged Aerosmith album tracks that were largely not singles, though many were played live at one time or another). "Chip Away the Stone" was written by Richie Supa and received a fair amount of radio airplay after the release of Gems, and found its way into Aerosmith's live setlists for a while.
Many versions of the "Draw the Line" single also had "Bright Light Fright" as the B-side.
Aerosmith singles discography 1970s"Mama Kin" • "Dream On" • "Same Old Song and Dance" • "Train Kept A-Rollin'" • "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" • "Sweet Emotion" • "Toys in the Attic" • "Walk This Way" • "You See Me Crying" • "Last Child" • "Home Tonight" • "Back in the Saddle" • "Draw the Line" • "Kings and Queens" • "Get It Up" • "Come Together" • "Chip Away the Stone" • "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" 1980s 1990s"What It Takes" • "The Other Side" • "Monkey on My Back" • "Love Me Two Times" • "Helter Skelter" • "Sweet Emotion" (re-release) • "Livin' on the Edge" • "Eat the Rich" • "Fever" • "Cryin'" • "Amazing" • "Shut Up and Dance" • "Deuces Are Wild" • "Crazy" • "Blind Man" • "Walk on Water" • "Nine Lives" • "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" • "Hole in My Soul" • "Pink" • "Taste of India" • "Full Circle" • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" • "What Kind of Love Are You On" 2000s
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