Amazing Air

Just before the close of 2016, I came across a 1969 track by The Lovin’ Spoonful, called Amazing Air. The band came out of the early 1960s “jug folk” music scene in Greenwich Village, New York and had got really successful from about 1965 onwards.

This track is I think absolutely beautiful, and opens their album Revelation: Revolution ’69, their final album. The artwork on the sleeve cover is astonishing – a vivid green beauty of a cover with a naked woman and man running alongside a lion.

If anyone ever wants to get me a present, this vinyl LP will do just fine.

As we stand just a few days before the Trump presidency begins, I figure it’s worth opening all the windows, taking a breath, and playing this, really loud. And remembering we’ll get to the other side of this, together.

Amazing air, beautiful night
Softer than diamonds
Blacker than white

Your children sing
Seeds have been sown
We’re all here together
So let’s all call it home

If we confess that we spend less
With peace of mind and tenderness
Then even if I pass you, in the night
With one last breath of life
Could we still say the words to set us free
And let all men with evil hearts beware

Say a prayer once in a while
Pray for tomorrow or somebody’s child
This gives the life that we possess
Worth everything and tenderness
So cast the rain with us into the sea
Tear down the walls of fear and pride
Let’s build a world with love inside
Where all good men with peaceful hearts believe, believe

We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be
We can be happy now we can be free
We can be anything we wanna be

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