Cream - Badge (1969)

Cream - Badge (1969)




It was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison,] and was included as a track on Cream's final album, Goodbye.


"Badge" was originally an untitled track. During the production transfer for the album Goodbye, the original music sheet was used to produce the liner notes and track listing. The only discernible word on the page was "bridge" (indicating the song's bridge section). Due to Harrison's handwriting, however, Clapton misread it as "badge"—and the song was titled soon thereafter.



Harrison remembered the story thus:


I helped Eric write "Badge" you know. Each of them had to come up with a song for that Goodbye Cream album and Eric didn't have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part so I wrote 'Bridge.' Eric read it upside down and cracked up laughing – 'What's BADGE?' he said. After that, Ringo [Starr] walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park.




Lyrics


Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.

Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.

And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.


I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.

I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.

Then I told you 'bout our kid: now he's married to Mabel.


Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.

Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?

And you better pick yourself up from the ground

Before they bring the curtain down.

Yes, before they bring the curtain down.


Ah Ah Ah, yeh yeh yeh

Ah Ah Ah, yeh yeh yeh


Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.

She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.

She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.





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