1) buzzy & jimmy
wrote this song in 1971 in San Anselmo, CA. my wife, Lynne and i
had visited the Point Reyes beach and noticed some odd creatures
on the sand that resembled small loaves of whole wheat bread.
Lynne said they were sea cucumbers. this may not be accurate.
:-) however, it gave me the idea for this song ,
which i wrote in Mr. Whites garden at the house. it pretty much
says how i felt about children, the garden, and my quirky wife.
2) funky song
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3) gypsy dance
i wrote this in
Nashville, TN in 1972 while i was working on the first track of my
Columbia album to be, which never was. written for my girlfriend,
Varda Perry. i missed her. later that week the record
company paid for her to fly out from SF. they used to
do that kind of thing for artists, you know. of
course you had to pay it back later out of royalties. it can be
expensive. once she she got there, i didn't miss her
anymore. our relationship was like that.
4) just how i feel
also written for Varda Perry. same idea, only slower. see 'gypsy dance' above.
5) lady of a
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6) lullaby of broadway II
late '74 i was about to relocate to Chicago. for some reason that
fall i had to visit NYC, always a depressing experience,
because i stayed at my parents home. one evening, i borrowed a
car drove into Manhattan. i cruised through Times Square,
looking for trouble. i soon happened on a group of young ladies
standing and chatting on a street corner. one of them signaled to
get my attention. the rest is in the song. a 'country boy
in New York.
7) silver engine
wrote this song in '71, nominally as part of the 'gospel' group with
'walk' and 'three steps'. the text iis taken directly
from a dream. the events of the dream are
described. the song sometimes reminds of a German
folk tale my Ohma used to tell, with a similar them, but
not with such a charitable view of the 'bad guys'. this is a song
8) tombstone reminder
lived in Los Angeles in 1973 -74. i hated LA and jumped at the
chance to leave and take a steady back up gig in Chicago. a week
before i left town, i met a a beautiful, talented, young woman
named Emily Tracy. we fell in love and i left town.
our relationship was conducterd mostly by mail. i wrote beautiful
letters and beautiful songs for Ms. Tracy. she should been
the love of my life, but she turned out to have ( expletives deleted )
like many other people in LA. she stayed, and made a
name for herself playing the dead vampire in some grade D horror
flicks. at a girl. i'm still pissed. can you tell?
9) tutu & the cannibals
my stay in Los Angeles, i shared a house part of the time
with Elizabeth Bakewell, a divorced mother with 10
children,. i loved the kids. when their grandma, Tutu, a
retired missionary came to visit she told them stories about her life
among the south sea cannibals.
10) walk on the water
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11) welcome home
- also for Emily Tracy. 'nuff said. see
'tombstone reminder above.