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.