#63 Badge

#63 Badge – Cream

The first ever super-group, in the true sense of the prefix. Cream were formed when Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker came together to produce some of the best electric blues rock ever recorded. For those of you who think of the word ‘super’ as meaning ‘good’ or even ‘jolly good’, this is what it really means – the best from several sources coming together to produce something truly outstanding. In this case, three very talented musicians (the cream of several crops) coming together to form a power trio which were more successful than either Hendrix or The Doors. ( … and sure enough the stars that burn the brightest …).  I’m sure most people know only too well who Cream were (and if you don’t I
don’t suppose the following will mean much) but a recent (2005) comeback performance at the RAH was attended by Macca, Ringo, Stevie Winwood, Roger Waters, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman.

This track (a collaboration between Clapton and Harrison) is my favourite, if only for the bridge –  ‘Badge’ the name of  the track was actually the word ‘bridge’, written in George Harrison’s scrawl and misread by Eric Clapton (perhaps Harrison should’ve written on Patti Boyd!), which was written by George Harrison but played by Eric Clapton.
Note : the name of the track is nothing to do with guitar tunings or chords (or progressions thereof) – Eric Clapton says so!

Badge was never actually played live in the sixties (it must have been finished very close to the time they broke up, although it was released as a single in 1969.


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.

Get up! Get up! Get up!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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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