10/4/17 – Cream – World Of Pain / We’re Going Wrong – Copenhagen – 1968

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Staying at Anekdoten singer and guitarist, Nicklas Barker’s flat in Stockholm comes with a list of privileges for which we are truly grateful. It’s a lovely place in a great location and apart from harbouring a real mellotron it also is home to a wonderful record collection. Over the next two weeks I will be diving in and playing original classics and interesting gems as I discover them. Yesterday I played Disraeli Gears by Cream from 1968. The two songs posted here seemed to fit into the mood of the weekend.

The clip is from a Danish TV show and sees the counter-culture hippies overwhelming the suspicious authorities with love. Nice idea in theory and although it seems playful and rather naive today, the peaceful protests of the sixties and seventies helped turn popular opinion – Vietnam comes to mind. Also, this was only twenty years after the end of World War II, close to Korea and during the Vietnam war – the world’s pain never ends.

After my post yesterday, more reflection. In this current painful period as cultures clash, it seems hard to believe that in living memory, Europeans were fighting each other as they now attempt to unite in the fight against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. It’s hard to imagine that the tragedy of Bosnia really happened so recently on the edge of a Europe that has attempted to become as one – till Brexit.

So, who is to blame for this current terrible escalating war? No-one seems to want to take responsibility but history must surely tell us what series of events have led to this cross cultural hatred? If someone in power on either side of this convoluted chaos would just stand up and say, I’m sorry, we have done wrong. But no-one will admit to the mistakes that have led us here, take responsibility, and although there is no justification for the fear, the tyranny, the pain, healing can only come from sincere forgiveness and reconciliation – communication that leads to understanding, compromise and then peace. Philosophical disagreements can never be solved by force or with war – have we not learned that yet?

World Of Pain (Gail Collins/ Felix Pappalardi)

Outside my window is a tree.
Outside my window is a tree.
There only for me.
And it stands in the gray of the city,
No time for pity for the tree or me.

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me.

Is there a reason for today?
Is there a reason for today?
Do you remember?
I can hear all the cries of the city,
No time for pity for a growing tree.

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me.

Outside my window is a tree.
Outside my window is a tree.
There only for me.
And it stands in the gray of the city,
No time for pity for the tree or me.

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me.

(There’s mention of Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi’s pain in this article about Mountain’s album Nantucket Sleighride).

29/6/16 – Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride – 1971

We’re Going Wrong (Jack Bruce)

Please open your eyes.
Try to realize.
I found out today we’re going wrong,
We’re going wrong.

Please open your mind.
See what you can find.
I found out today we’re going wrong,
We’re going wrong.

We’re going wrong.
We’re going wrong.
We’re going wrong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream_(band)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disraeli_Gears

 

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