Spanish Guitar

One last Gene Clark song before I get back to serious writing. Like all his best songs, the melody is haunting and the lyrics rise to the level of true poetry; at his best he was every bit Dylan’s equal in this regard.

Unfortunately, the YouTube video can’t be embedded. Naturally. But click here to go to the video. It may be the best 5 minutes and 15 seconds you spend all day.

Just trust me on this one, ok?



The dissonant bells of the sea
Who are ringing the rhymes of the deep
As they sing of the ages asleep
not so near or so far

And the old masters wind of the waves
Sped forth for the free men and slaves
Whispers of secrets it saves
and about whom they are

And the workings of sunshine and rain
And the visions they paint that remain
Pulsate from my soul through my brain
in a spanish guitar

The beggar whom sits in the street
On his miserable throne of defeat
Envisions no wealth there to meet
Thinking nowhere is far

And the laughter of children employed
By the fantasies not yet destroyed
By the dogmas of those they avoid
knowing not what they are

And the right and the wrong and insane
And the answers they cannot explain
Pulsate from my soul through my brain
in a spanish guitar

To play on a spanish guitar
With the sun shining down where you are
Skipping and singing a bar
from the music around

Just to laugh through the columns of trees
To soar like a seagull in breeze
To stand in the rain if you please
or to never be found

–Gene Clark 1971

4 Responses to “Spanish Guitar”

  1. August 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I know nothing about Gene Clark or spanish guitar but I LOVE Maxine! LOL.

    Yeah, you just never know what you’re gonna see on this blog. 😉 But I strongly suggest you give a listen to the two Gene Clark songs I have posted here. Well worth the listen, I assure you!

    Just wanted to come over and take a peek at your place after reading your interview at Anonymum’s place. I know I’d seen you around over there a lot so I was bound to get here eventually anyway. 😉 Hope you are well – I’m looking forward to seeing some of your poetry that she speaks so highly of. I’ll be back!

    I would be flattered if you read some of my poetry. I’ll look forward to your comments. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. August 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, amazing lyrics. I’d never heard of him before. Quite the poet.

  3. August 19, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Wow, amazing lyrics. I’d never heard of him before. Quite the poet.

    Yup, he was something. Passed away way to young. I’d encourage you to look him up on Youtube or Itunes. Time well spent.


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