Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sodom and Gomorrah, I see you're back in town



Now here's a blast-from-the-past, alright!

Miss Grace Slick - erstwhile lead singer of Jeffersons Airplane and Starship, and all-round "oddball" - nicknamed "The Acid Queen" or "The Chrome Nun" in her day, celebrates her 75th birthday today.

To mark this milestone in the life of the lady who, at the height of her success was legendary for her alcohol and chemical consumption (she famously had to be dragged off stage on more than one occasion; once on live TV), it is to her late 70s début solo single - one of my personal faves - Dreams [nothing to do with Fleetwood Mac] we turn (again) for today's jolly. Miss Slick was obviously a huge influence on a generation of female artists yet to come...



Oh I, I believe in magic and I believe in dreams
Until I heard the thunder rumble
I saw the mountains crumble
Then came the circus so I followed its parade
With all the fancy lion-tamers, high-wire fiery flamers
Ravers of every kind
I saw those high-stepping sexy witches
Sons of satin, son-of-bitches
All were there, in my dreams
All in my dreams

Sodom and Gomorrah, I see you're back in town
And though you build a wall around you
The multitude still found you
Just like the circus to start with a parade
Oh but a parade of the fancy lion-tamers, high-wire fiery flamers
Ravers of every kind
With all those high-stepping sexy witches
Sons of satin, son-of-bitches
All were there, in my dreams
All in my dreams

I can see the whole world is just a circus
And I can tell that the circus
Why, it's just hell
And then I heard a drummer rolling
I found my seats been stolen
Then a spotlight hit me going wild in centre ring
For all you fancy lion-tamers, high-wire fiery flamers
Ravers of every kind
For all you high-stepping sexy witches
Sons of satin, son-of-bitches
All were there, in my dreams
All in my dreams
My dreams ooh my dreams

Said I, I believe in magic and I believe in dreams
I said I, I believe in magic and I, I believe in dreams
I believe in dreams
I said I, I believe in magic and I, I believe in dreams
Oh I believe in dreams
And magic, magical dreams
The better to sing that I believe in dreams
Magical dreams
I believe in dreams

Well I, I believe in magic and I still believe in dreams


Three words: "Fab. U. Lous!"

Grace Slick (née Wing, born 30th October 1939)

2 comments:

  1. loves loves loves it!!!! keep up the good work.
    just stumbled upon your blog and will enjoy it, i can tell already.
    i absolutely loved this song when it was released. its funny how music
    can awaken memories from what was otherwise a rather hazy time in my life
    thanx again

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear - I adored this song way back in those distant days, too. And welcome on board - enjoy the ride! Jx

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