Sunday, November 1, 2009

Song of the Week - Theme for an Imaginary Western by Jack Bruce

I have 8,103 songs on iTunes. This is one of them.

If you're old enough you will remember that Jack Bruce was the bass player for Cream. Although the term has been overused much since then, Cream was considered the first "supergroup", composed of Eric Clapton (guitars), Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums). All three had had considerable success with other bands prior to forming Cream in 1966. In 1968, Cream was the biggest grosing band in the world, playing a combination of rock and blues. But they broke up after their 1968 tour.

This song is from his first, and most successful solo album Songs For A Tailor which was released in 1969. In the 40 years since, Bruce, now 69 years old, continues to tour and make albums.

When the wagons leave the city
for the forest and further on
Painted wagons of the morning
dusty roads where they have gone
Sometimes travelling through the darkness
met the summer coming home
Fallen faces by the wayside
looked as if they might have known

O the sun was in their eyes
and the desert that dries
In the country town
where the laughter sounds

O the dancing and the singing
O the music when they played
O the fires that they started
O the girls with no regret
Sometimes they found it
Sometimes they kept it
Often lost it on the way
Fought each other to possess it
Sometimes died in sight of day

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