and now for the songs — October 2, 2021

172) The Plastic Cloud — “Art’s a Happy Man”

Sole album (‘68) by the Canadian folk-rockers. Expose yourself to Art:

“Art’s a happy man saying “Smile, if you please”. . . . with his cameras all the time . . . with his family by his side . . . with his pictures as his pride, waiting for the people to arrive, packing up his snapshots, home by five. Art’s a happy man.”

173) Matthews Southern Comfort — “Something in the Way She Moves”

No, not George Harrison’s song, but Iain Matthews’s (former lead singer of Fairport Convention). The song, off MSC’s ‘69 Second Spring album, has the wisest and most self-aware rock lyrics about love and mental well-being I have ever heard:

“There’s something in the way she moves, or looks my way, or calls my name that seems to leave this troubled world behind. And if I’m feeling down and blue or troubled by some foolish game, she always seems to make me change my mind. And I feel fine anytime she’s around me now. She’s around me now just about all the time. And if I’m well you can tell she’s been with me now, she’s been with me now quite a long, long time and I feel fine. It isn’t what she’s got to say but how she thinks and where she’s been. To me, the words are nice, the way they sound. I like to hear them best that way. It doesn’t much matter what they mean if she says them mostly just to calm me down. Every now and then the things I lean on lose their meaning and I find myself careening into places where I should not let me go. She has the power to go where no one else can find me and to silently remind me of the happiness and the good times that I know . . . .”

174) Randy Newman — “Mama Told Me Not to Come”

Yeah, Randy wrote it. Three Dog Night took the song to #1 the same year (‘70).

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