This song was written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. It was recorded by Supertramp on their Breakfast in America album.
Richard “Rick” Davies (born 22 July 1944) is an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the founder, vocalist and keyboardist of the progressive rock band, Supertramp. He is the only original member of the band who is still active with them, and has composed some of their most well-known songs.
Davies shared lead vocals with Supertramp songwriting partner, Roger Hodgson, until the latter’s departure in 1983, at which point he became the sole lead vocalist of the group. Davies’s voice is deeper than Hodgson’s, and he usually employs a raspy baritone which stands in stark contrast to his bandmate’s tenor. But, he occasionally sings in a falsetto which superficially resembles Hodgson’s vocals. He also plays harmonica for the group.
Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson (born 21 March 1950) is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former co-frontman and founder member of the progressive rock band, Supertramp. Hodgson composed and sang the majority of the hits. He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up. Hodgson often writes about spiritual and philosophical topics.
Supertramp (known as Daddy in 1969–1970) are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Though their music was initially categorized as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music.
The band’s work is marked by the individual songwriting of founders, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, and the prominent use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone. Though their early style was progressive, they would enjoy greater commercial success when they incorporated more radio-friendly pop elements into their work in the mid-1970s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums. The band reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which sold more than 20 million copies.
Breakfast in America is the 6th studio album by Supertramp, released in1979. It was recorded in 1978 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. It had 4 U.S. Billboard hit singles: “The Logical Song” (#6), “Goodbye Stranger” (#15), “Take the Long Way Home” (#10) and “Breakfast in America” (#62). In the UK, “The Logical Song” and the title track were both top 10 hits, the only two the group had in their native country. Breakfast in America won 2 Grammy Awards in 1980, and holds an RIAA certification of quadruple platinum. It became Supertramp’s biggest-selling album, with more than 4 million copies sold in the US alone, and was #1 on Billboard Pop Albums Chart for 6 weeks in the spring and summer of 1979. The album also hit #1 in Norway, Austria, Canada, Australia and France; in France, it is one of the 5 biggest-selling albums of all time.
Since all of Supertramp’s songs are contractually credited to both Davies and Hodgson, it is difficult to determine who actually wrote each song. Roger Hodgson’s management has described “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast in America”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Lord Is It Mine” and “Child of Vision” as ‘Roger’s songs’; but, this apparently does not mean he necessarily wrote them by himself, for Hodgson has credited Davies with writing the vocal harmony on “The Logical Song”. Davies has referred to “The five songs that I did on Breakfast”, but has not specified which ones.
The first time I heard this song was on a vacation back to Michigan, spending time on the lakeshore with my cousin, Ken Baumgarner… just a couple guys on the sand, listening to a portable 8-track player. I was 15, but felt older than I was, and the songs that played that day have stuck with me.
I’m not sure why I like this song so much… Possibly because such a song came from such a surprising source. Possibly because I’ve always liked Supertramp. And possibly because it sounds like a conversation someone might have with God if given the chance.
“Lord, Is It Mine?” was never a commercial hit… and never played on Christian radio stations. But, it is a simple prayer sung in an earnest way; a prayer that wonders about a believer’s place and purpose.
Bible Reference… Romans 14:15,16; Ephesians 6:20; Colossians 3:23,24; 1Thessalonians 2:4.
I know that there’s a reason why I need to be alone;
You show me there’s a silent place that I can call my own…
Is it mine? Oh, Lord, is it mine?
You know I get so weary from the battles in this life,
and here’s many times it seems that You’re the only hope in sight.
Is it mine? Oh, Lord, is it mine?
When everything’s dark, and nothing seems right;
there’s nothing to win, and there’s no need to fight.
(there’s no need to win, and no need to fight).
I never cease to wonder at the cruelty of this land,
but it seems a time of sadness is a time to understand.
Is it mine? Oh, Lord, is it mine? (CHORUS)
If only I could find a way to feel Your sweetness through the day;
the love that shines around me could be mine.
So give us an answer, won’t You?
We know what we have to do.
There must be a thousand voices trying to get through…