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Mountain – Theme For An Imaginary Western lyrics

When the wagons leave the city
For the forest and futher on
Painted wagons of the morning
Dusty roads where they have gone

Sometimes travelinґ through the darkness
Met the summer comin' home
Fallen faces by the wayside
Look as if they might have known

All the sun was in their eye
And the desert thatґs dry
In the country town
Where the laughter sound

Oh the dancing and the singing
Oh the music when they play
Oh the fire that they started
All the girls with no regret

Sometimes they found it
Sometimes they kept it
Ofen lost it on the way
Fought each other to posses it
Sometimes die in sight of day

Oh the sun was in their eye
And the desert thatґs dry
In the country town
Where the laughter sound

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  • b
    My favorite version is Mountain's at Woodstock with Felix Papallardi on vocals. Felix produced Jack Bruce's album that this song first appears on- Songs for a Tailor. I don't know how you feel it sounds anything remotely like Cream in this song and especially if you listen to Jack's version on Songs for a Tailor. The only likeness to Cream is that some of the Cream songs attributed to Bruce were in collaboration with Pete Brown's lyrics. Sunshine of your Love, Politician, SWABLR, White Room, on and on were lyrics by Pete Brown. Jack Bruce's forte was composition and his music was/is wonderful and beautiful. Yet, heavy-duty trio versus Jack Bruce on piano singing this song? I would love to hear Clapton do a version, but even though it belongs to Bruce, Leslie West from Mountain pretty much made it his own.
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  • f
    At that time Mountain was a uniquely different entity as far as the music most were listening to at the time. The tempo, tone and that 'Mississippi Queen' voice of Leslie West. No band ever had so many tunes that gave those 'Dream On' shivers and touched deep inside, like Mountain. When I was a kid in the City. Only able to dream, what the open country was like and even further, how it was for many struggling with nature, not 200 years ago. We go to hunt the mighty Sperm whale. One of a Kind.
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  • b
    Jack Bruce did not write these lyrics. The song originally appeared on Bruce's Songs for a Tailor album in 1969. The lyrics by poet Pete Brown are mentioned in Brown's autobiography "White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns" as being in reference to Bruce's erstwhile bandmates Dick Heckstall-Smith and Graham Bond of The Graham Bond Organisation.
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  • u
    This song, written by Jack Bruce, was intended for Eric Clapton. Mr. Clapton thought it wasn't "Bluesy" enough for him at that time as member of Cream.
    The song is about Cream deciding to go "on tour", leaving the city and studio work.
    Leslie West did an exceptional job capturing all the classic riffs and styles of Mountain, but you can hear the Cream (Jack Bruce) style of lyrics and composition.
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