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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #48

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by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

More than 2,500 years ago Greek story writer Aesop used fables to illustrate new perspectives. This allowed the audience to walk in “another’s shoes.” The ‘Boys and Frogs’ fable explains how some hell-raising boys decided to hurl stones at a small army of pond frogs for the fun of it.

This causes one of the frogs to raise its head and say,” I beg you stop, boys. What is sport to you is death to us.” The moral is “one person’s pleasure can be another’s pain.” This happened to the British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).

 

Accordingly, Keith Emerson really did not want to release the late edition Greg Lake track. Greg had composed the song when he was only 12 years old. The lyrics celebrated a man whose fortune came with a high price.

Drummer Carl Palmer had to engineer the acoustic rendition and develop the recording with layers of sound in an effort to capture its “minstrel” feel.

Number 48
The synthesized sound of the Moog which Keith used in his lead for “Lucky Man” was improvisational. The song was released first in 1970 without giving Keith time for a second take. Later Keith asked Keyboard Magazine for a transcribed chart of the song in order to recreate his iconic lead when the song was re-released in 1973. The crowds cheered his first and best original lead, The song made the Billboard Hot 100 both times,

A musical victory for Greg and Carl was a confessed embarrassment for Keith. Just like the song’s lyrics, we can consider ourselves lucky, even when facing our own fate. We can empathize with Keith. We always wish for a second chance, even if it’s not needed.

Lyrics:  written by Greg Lake

He had white horses and ladies by the score
All dressed in satin and waiting by the door

Ooo what a lucky man he was
Ooo, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers, they made up his bed.
A gold covered mattress on which he was led

Ooo what a lucky man he was
Ooo, what a lucky man he was

He went to fight wars for his country and his king.
Of his honor and his glory the people would sing.

Ooo what a lucky man he was
Ooo, what a lucky man he was

A bullet had found him. His blood ran as he cried.
No money could save him. So he laid down and he died.

Ooo what a lucky man he was
Ooo, what a lucky man he was

If you are feeling depressed, do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click this resource, the National Institute of Mental Health.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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One thought on “Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #48

  1. I was thrilled with the pгospect of reading and listening to more.

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