PROCOL HARUM : CRUCIFICTION LANE [A SALTY DOG, 1969]

Ένα από τα πιο δυνατά “λευκά μπλουζ” που έχω ακούσει ποτέ είναι αυτό εδώ. Σύνθεση του Robin Trower, από το άλμπουμ A Salty Dog των Procol Harum, ως κιθαρίστας των οποίων ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του. Τα λόγια, όπως σε όλα τα τραγούδια τους, είναι γραμμένα από τον στιχουργό του γκρουπ, Keith Reid, τον κύριο που κρύβεται πίσω από το καπέλο του RT.

One of the strongest “white blues” I’ve ever heard is this one. Written by Robin Trower, it is on the album A Salty Dog by Procol Harum – he started his career as their guitar player. The words are written by the band’s lyricist, Keith Reid, the gentleman hiding behind RT’s hat.

You better listen, anybody
‘Cause I’m gonna make it clear
That my life is unimportant
What I’ve done I did through fear
There’s a river running through me
On its tide I tried to hide
Nonetheless I could not shake it
And in the end, it swept aside
All my feeble unimportance
I can’t say it, never mind
Can’t you hear me, mother, calling you?
I’m cold, I’m deaf, I’m blind
And if only ’cause you’re lucky
We both know that’s no find
I did think I’d be an actor
What I am I’ll leave behind
You better listen, anybody
‘Cause it’s me and you, that’s it
And in case you find your Maker
Perhaps you’ll plead for us a bit
All my sick is in my stomach
All my sweat is clearly fear
And if you could see inside me
I don’t think you’d have me here
Tell the helmsman, “Veer to starboard”
Bring this ship around to port
And if the sea was not so salty
I could sink instead of walk
And in case of passing strangers
Who are standing where I fell
Tell the truth, you never knew me
And in truth it’s just as well


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  1. Resa January 20, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I love this song. I remembered it a few seconds into playing it.
    I thought: Conquistador is like candy compared to this. So I went to Youtube, and there is a version of it accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Canadian). Well I just had to have a listen.
    Pretty great!!! How dare I compare the blues to orchestral rock?
    Still A Whiter Shade of Pale is in my list of rock classics.

  2. Oannes January 21, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Most of the great classical composers loved popular music and have been inspired by it a lot. Tons of popular and folk tunes are circulated inside great orchestral works, given the “proper” editing!

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