THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
486) Magic Swirling Ship — “He’s Coming Part 2”
OK, I couldn’t find a photo of the band, so I used one of Dylan, whom the band members seemingly named themselves after!*
Hold on, “He’s Coming” is the maniacal, fuzz-drenched garage rock B-side of MSS’s lone single (‘69). I think Erik Lindgren is on to something when he says that:
Here’s a peculiar track produced by New York Bubblegum Royalty Jerry Kasenetz & Jeff Katz (Ohio Express/1900 Fruitgum Co/Music Explosion) who undoubtedly hired a bunch of stoned studio ringers. By the way it fades in, the engineer probably recorded an entire jam and proceeded to use it for other way cool economical throwaway B-sides . . . .(liner notes to the 30 Seconds Before the Calico Wall garage rock comp)
The lyrics are minimal and a bit indecipherable: “He’s coming just like they said he would. He’s coming, he ain’t up to no good. Oh, I think he’s after [dope?]. What’s he want me for, oh, oh, oh? He’s got the shadows where he should have [?]. And where he’s going, you should be [?] . . . He’s coming. He’s coming.”
* Likely a reference to Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”: “Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin’ ship, my senses have been stripped, my hands can’t feel to grip, my toes too numb to step. Wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin.’”
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