Song Lyric Sunday 18/08/2019 – Song that references another group in it – Donovan

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some not so familiar, songs.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

My song today is by Donovan, and was released on the Sunshine Superman album in 1966 in USA and 1967 in the UK.

While recording a demo in 1965, Donovan befriended Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, who was recording nearby. He had recently met Jones’ ex-girlfriend, Linda Lawrence, who is the mother of Jones’ son, Julian Brian (Jones) Leitch. The on-off romantic relationship that developed over five years was a force in Donovan’s career. Linda influenced Donovan’s music but refused to marry him and she moved to the United States for several years in the late 1960s. They met by chance in 1970 and married soon after. Donovan had other relationships – one of which resulted in the birth of his first two children, Donovan Leitch and Ione Skye, both of whom became actors. However, it wasn’t a passing fancy. Linda and Donovan dated from 1965, and married on 2nd October 1970, so they’ve been together for over 54 years!

“Sunshine Superman” was released as a single and was backed with “The Trip” on both the United States and United Kingdom releases.

At the time he wrote these songs Donovan was playing at a nightclub in Los Angeles called “The Trip”, but at the same time was tripping out on LSD shortly before he returned to London where he became the first British musician busted for drugs.

The lyrics describe an LSD trip straightforwardly for the first time on a pop record, almost in journalistic fashion as a series of events in an evening. The singer “almost blew [his] mind” and “got caught in a colored shower”. He stammers as if uncertain of his words and puts together nonsense syllables like “cheek a cheek” and “trip a trip trip”.

Mentioned in the lyrics are:

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (and Julian, the adopted son of Brian Jones and Linda Lawrence.)

Here is The Trip. I hope you enjoy it.

The Trip

Donovan

We was a-d-d-d-drivin’ d-downtown L.A.,
About a-midnight hour
And it almost b-b-blew my mind,
I got caught in a coloured shower.
All those lights were t-t-twinkling on Sunset,
I saw a sign in the sky
It said, “T-t-t-trip a t-trip, I trip, trip, ”
I couldn’t keep up up if I tried.
Ah, we stepped down to reality company
To get some instant sleep
And the driver turned, I said, “Welcome back”
He smiled and he said, “Beep beep”.

What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know.
What goes on all around me,
What goes on? I really wanna know.

When in should come-a my dream woman,
She got sequins in her hair,
Like she stepped out off of a Fellini film,
She sat in a white straw chair
But I thought I’d take a second look
Just to see what I could see
And my scene had popped out like a bubble does,
There was nobody there but me.
I said, “Girl, you drank a lot of drink-me,
But you ain’t in a Wonderland
You know I might-a be there to greet you, child,
When your trippin’ ship touches sand.”

What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know.
What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know.

A silver goblet of wine is-a to be
Held in a bejewelled glove
And her knights they toast the tournament,
The falcons they fly above.
And the queen will a drink of the dew tonight
But the jester she cries alone,
Because Merlin he spoke of an instant spell
To make the devil’s white knights moan
And-a all in all, the seagull said,
“As I look to where I’ve been,
The whole wide human race
Has a-taken far too much Methedrine”.

What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know.
What goes on? So near
What goes on? I really wanna know.
Yeah well, come on.

We sat in a velvet jewel case
With sparkles everywhere,
And Julian he sat on a diamond ring
And-a talked of the days gone by.
We spoke of a common kaleidoscope
And the pros and the cons of Zen
And he spoke and-a said for a piece of cake
He really did have a yen.
Bobby Dylan he sat “the Mad Hatter”,
A broken hour glass in his hand,
And-a Joannie sat in a white lace
Looking cool with a black lace fan.

What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know.
What goes on? Yes please tell me.
What goes on? I really wanna know

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: D LEITCH

The Trip lyrics © Peer International Corporation

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7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 18/08/2019 – Song that references another group in it – Donovan

  1. Nice one Peter, thanks for participating again. I read that Dylan and Donovan had a mutual respect for each other. Although I am not sure what these lyrics mean, “Bobby Dylan he sat “the Mad Hatter”, I do like them.

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