When I was a boy, I wanted to be a Pip when I grew up.  The suits, the style, the moves, the silky-smooth vocals; they enchanted me.


Ruby Red Dress

One thing I miss about the 70s is the songs that were little character sketches, like this one.  I’m not sure why they fell out of fashion, but you just don’t hear these anymore.

Full lyrics HERE.


I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized
‘Cause I’m a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an apeman

In man’s evolution he’s created the city and the motor traffic rumble
But give me half a chance and I’d be taking off my clothes
And living in the jungle
‘Cause the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an apeman…

Full lyrics HERE.

Play it sweetly…

Full lyrics HERE.

You would assume, after listening to this song, that it must have leaped into the composer’s head almost as a completed whole.  The lyrics, melody, and soaring instrumental solo fit together so seamlessly that it’s hard to imagine they weren’t conjoined with one another from conception.

But they weren’t.

Carole King composed the melody then handed it to David Palmer, who wrote the lyrics.  Saxaphonist Tom Scott added the solo during recording.

(The “Jazzman” who inspired the song was rumored to be Curtis Amy, who played with King on her breakthrough album Tapestry.)