FOCUS : BLACK BEAUTY [IN AND OUT OF FOCUS, 1970]

Πριν διαμορφώσουν το ιδιότυπο fusion ροκ, κλασικής και τζαζ που θα τους έκανε διάσημους, οι Ολλανδοί Focus καταγίνονταν με τραγούδια όπως αυτό εδώ το απόσταγμα ομορφιάς και εφηβικής αθωότητας.
Ένα από το πιο αγαπημένα μου “του είδους”, από τον πρώτο τους δίσκο,
In And Out Of Focus [1970].

Before giving shape to the peculiar fusion of rock, classical and jazz that would make them famous, the Dutch band
Focus were busy writing songs like this one: a distillate of beauty and teenage innocence.
One of my favorite “of its kind”, from their first album,
In And Out Of Focus, 1970.


Night was dark, your skin was dark
Your eyes were shining bright
Oh black beauty, close in my heart
I was King Salomon who held his queen of Sheba tight
Oh black beauty, held in my arms
How we were told, love was not meant for us
Two different worlds stepped apart
Heart against heart
But we knew where to find an opportunity
Far away where no one was near
We could meet there at night and we’re impunity
Oh black beauty, love without fear
Our love was wonderful
So young and so pure
I held your trembling hands
I was so sure
Then when our lips met there was no returning
The fire was burning in our hearts
So we were told, love was not meant for us
Two different worlds stepped apart
Heart against heart
But we knew where to find an opportunity
Far away where no one was near
I was King Salomon who held his queen of Sheba tight
Oh black beauty, love without fear


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