Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (1967)

Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (1967)




Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane of Small Faces wrote this song, which is about skipping school to hang out at a park. Of course, with the lyrics, "What did you do there? I got high," it was fairly obvious that they were doing in the park, although the band denied that it was about drugs, kind of like John Lennon did with "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," which was released the same year. Marriott told Creem in 1975: "The thing about 'Itchycoo Park' was that the era was wrong, and the word 'high' freaked everybody out. All the radio stations. But that song was real. Ronnie Lane and I used to go to a park called Itchycoo Park. I swear to God. We used to bunk off school and groove there. We got high, but we didn't smoke. We just got high from not going to school."




Lyrics


Over Bridges of Sighs To rest my eyes in shades of green

Under Dreaming Spires To Itchycoo Park, that's where I've been

What did you do there? - I got high What did you feel there? - Well I cried But why the tears there? - I'll tell you why - yyyyy It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful

I feel inclined to blow my mind Get hung up, feed the ducks with a bun They all come out to groove about Be nice and have fun in the sun I'll tell you what I'll do - What will you do?

I'd like to go there now with you You can miss out school - Won't that be cool Why go to learn the words of fools?

What will we do there? - We'll get high What will we touch there? - We'll touch the sky But why the tears there? I'll tell you why It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful

I feel inclined to blow my mind Get hung up, feed the ducks with a bun They all come out to groove about Be nice and have fun in the sun It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful It's all too beautiful, It's all too beautiful





Songwriters: Ronnie Lane / Steve Marriott

Itchycoo Park lyrics © EMI Music Publishing





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