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Album: Goodbye
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:38
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Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table

I told you not to wander 'round in the dark
I told you 'bout the swans that they live in the park
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you'd better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down
Yes, before they bring the curtain down, woo-ooh

Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle
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 misterbearbaby wrote:

Jack Bruce is a God. Ginger Baker is clinically insane. Proof? Just listen to the music...

 
If you're REALLY interested, watch Beware of Mr. Baker (Snag Films).
 misterbearbaby wrote:

Jack Bruce is a God. Ginger Baker is clinically insane. Proof? Just listen to the music...

 

I get the impression that they were both difficult. Ginger has the larger reputation for nastiness. If you're interested, check out this article that contains interview excerpts from both men. This bit is eye-opening: 

Famous Rock Feuds: Jack Bruce On Ginger Baker (And Ginger, Literally, On Jack)

The story goes when late bassist Jack Bruce was a few hours from death in 2014, he phoned up close friends to say goodbye. When he called his ex-Cream band mate Ginger Baker, he told him, “I’m dying, Ginger, f*ck you,” then slammed down the phone. Baker tried to call back several times, of course, but Bruce wouldn’t pick up.

If that is not a true story, it is certainly plausible. Bruce, who had a wicked sense of humor, always said Baker wanted the last word – well, this time he wouldn't get it.

 


 misterbearbaby wrote:
Jack Bruce is a God. Ginger Baker is clinically insane. Proof? Just listen to the music...
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Insane perhaps, but listen to Wheels of Fire and at times Baker sounds quite like 2 drummers going at the kit at the same time! See- even schizophrenia can come in handy. I agree that Jack Bruce is perhaps the greatest jazz/rock bassist to walk the Earth with Jaco. 
 
You may want to stop arguing with yourself - at least in a public forum.  Then again, maybe not.
 misterbearbaby wrote:

Jack Bruce is a God. Ginger Baker is clinically insane. Proof? Just listen to the music...

 
Insane perhaps, but listen to Wheels of Fire and at times Baker sounds quite like 2 drummers going at the kit at the same time! See- even schizophrenia can come in handy. I agree that Jack Bruce is perhaps the greatest jazz/rock bassist to walk the Earth with Jaco. 
This is one of those great songs in the 'genre' Classic Rock that serves as a benchmark against which all rock *songs* shall be judged in this Bearcave. My criteria being: production values, toe-tappin' heartfelt goodness, and sing-along-ability.

I say songs, meaning that term quite literally as "a short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung" and add the criterion: "variations of the common V-C-V-C-B-C structure". (Folksy rock, jam-band tunes, arena-rockers anthems, all of Pink Floyd — for example — are not 3-5 minute long **songs** and are not measured against this standard.)

There are a few other songs that come to mind as Gold Standards: Quicksilver "Mona,"  Beatles "Birthday"- pick your own faves & noses,  I s'pose. Then, in the pop realm, the GODFATHER OF ALL POP TUNES is the impeccable "Lady Marmalade" performed by Patty Labelle and produced by Allen Toussaint. There's not a single quantum-vibration out of time or out of tune in that incredible song! 
Just pulled this album out two days ago to rip it.  

Still works after all these years.  This is another one of those songs that is just too short. 
Goose bumps. 

9 => 10

One of the best from the period. 
 luv4music wrote:
L'Angelo Misterioso on rhythm guitar

 
what part did Harrison play on this song?
was it that stand alone part in the middle? 
Strike that comment, it was for the previous song, but I was too slow in posting...
I thought Fine Young Cannibals...
Just discovered that I never liked this song. "I told you 'bout the swans that they live in the park. Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel" Really? Eesh.

Rating this 3 and PSDing

 Padutarb wrote:
My favourite Cream song.
I love everything about it, it couldn't be bettered than the way they laid it down.
Brilliant guitar, bass and drums.
George Harrison on rhythm guitar and backing vocal is just the icing on the cake!
 

  
Yes, L'Angelo Mysterioso! ...and don't forget Felix Pappalardi on keyboards.  I have the most vivid memory listening to this song on my room at my parents' home, the year I left for college- one of those where I can feel the light, the breeze through the window over my Lafayette stereo, the color of the grass...

Remember when Felix's wife killed him, then later died in Mexico in some bizarre murder/suicide while receiving phony cancer treatments? Makes me thankful for my boring happy life!  


 kcar wrote:


Great photo. A shame that Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker couldn't stand each other. 

 
Jack Bruce is a God. Ginger Baker is clinically insane. Proof? Just listen to the music...


 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Kinda makes me wish my life had gone in another direction and that I had a swanky apartment with a turntable and thousands of vinyl records. Kinda.

 
Got that, finally- it took 45+ years but its all cool, as cool as I imagined it in 1969. Just was dusting a little swank off my turntable before sitting down to write... I totally have the asskicking stereo of my dweams - assuming my dreams stopped in about 1981.


What a great LP. I still have it along with the accompanying poster of the album cover photo.
okay call me nostalgic
but i just love the sound of an accoustic drum kit

Masterful tune
Kinda makes me wish my life had gone in another direction and that I had a swanky apartment with a turntable and thousands of vinyl records. Kinda.
 Proclivities wrote:
Cool tune.
cream 
Seems like I've been hearing Cream a lot more lately, in a few different places, not sure why.

 

Great photo. A shame that Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker couldn't stand each other.