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Cream, 1967. L-R: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Blues-rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, acid rock, acid blues
Years active 1966–1968, 1993, 2005
Labels Reaction, Polydor, Atco, RSO
Associated acts Powerhouse, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Dirty Mac, The Graham Bond Organisation, The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Derek and the Dominos, BBM, Ginger Baker
Former members
Eric Clapton
Jack Bruce
Ginger Baker

Cream were a 1960s British blues-rock band and supergroup consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton, and drummer/vocalist Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues, hard rock and psychedelic rock,[1] combining Clapton's blues guitar playing with the voice and basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker. Wheels of Fire was the world's first platinum-selling double album.[2][3] Cream is widely regarded as being the world's first notable and functioning supergroup.[4][5][6]

Cream's music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad". Cream's biggest hits were "I Feel Free" (UK, #11),[3] "Sunshine of Your Love" (US, #5),[7] "White Room" (US, #6),[7] "Crossroads" (US, #28),[7] and "Badge" (UK, #18).[8]

Cream, together with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, made a significant impact upon the popular music of the time, and along with Hendrix popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of English bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush,[9] jam bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Phish and heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath.[10]

Cream was ranked #16 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and Rolling Stone Magazine named them the sixty-sixth greatest artist of all time.[11]




By July 1966, Eric Clapton's career with The Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers had earned him a reputation as the premier blues guitarist in Britain.[1] Clapton's virtuosity and raw power with the instrument inspired one fan to spray paint the words "Clapton is God" on the wall of an Islington underground station.[12] Clapton, however, found the environment of Mayall's band confining, and sought to expand his playing in a new band.

In 1966, Clapton met Baker, then the leader of the Graham Bond Organisation, which at one point featured Jack Bruce on bass, harmonica and piano. Baker, too, felt stifled in the GBO, and had grown tired of Graham Bond's drug addictions and bouts of mental instability. "I had always liked Ginger", explained Clapton. "Ginger had come to see me play with John Mayall. After the gig he drove me back to London in his Rover. I was very impressed with his car and driving. He was telling me that he wanted to start a band, and I had been thinking about it too."[13] Each was impressed with the other's playing abilities, prompting Baker to ask Clapton to join his new, then-unnamed group. Clapton immediately agreed, on the condition that Baker hire Jack Bruce as the group's bassist;[3] according to Clapton, Baker was so surprised at the suggestion that he almost crashed the car.[14]

Clapton had met Bruce when the bassist/vocalist briefly played with the Bluesbreakers in March 1966;[3] the two also had worked together as part of a one-shot band called Powerhouse (which also included Steve Winwood and Paul Jones). Impressed with Bruce's vocals and technical prowess, Clapton wanted to work with him on an ongoing basis.

What Clapton did not know was that while Bruce was in Bond's band, he and Baker had been notorious for their quarreling.[15] While both were excellent jazz musicians and respected each other's skills, the confines of the GBO had proved too small for their egos. Their volatile relationship included on-stage fights and the sabotage of one another's instruments.[15] After Baker fired Bruce from the band, Bruce continued to arrive for gigs; ultimately, Bruce was driven away from the band after Baker threatened him at knifepoint.

Nevertheless, Baker and Bruce were able to put aside their differences for the good of Baker's new trio, which he envisioned as collaborative, with each of the members contributing to music and lyrics. The band was named "Cream", as Clapton, Bruce, and Baker were already considered the "cream of the crop" amongst blues and jazz musicians in the exploding British music scene. Before deciding upon "Cream", the band considered calling themselves "Sweet 'n' Sour Rock 'n' Roll". Of the trio, Clapton had the biggest reputation in England; however, he was all but unknown in the United States, having left The Yardbirds before "For Your Love" hit the American Top Ten.[1]

Cream made its unofficial debut at the Twisted Wheel on 29 July 1966.[3][16] Its official debut came two nights later at the Sixth Annual Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.[3][16] Being new and with few original songs to its credit, Cream performed spirited blues reworkings that thrilled the large crowd and earned it a warm reception. In October, the band also got a chance to jam with Jimi Hendrix, who had recently arrived in London. Hendrix was a fan of Clapton's music, and wanted a chance to play with him onstage.[3] Hendrix was introduced to Cream through Chas Chandler, the bassist of The Animals, who was Hendrix's manager.[3]

It was during the early organisation that they decided Bruce would serve as the group's lead vocalist. While Clapton was shy about singing,[17] he occasionally harmonised with Bruce and, in time, took lead vocals on some notable Cream tunes including "Four Until Late",[18] "Strange Brew",[19] "Crossroads",[20] and "Badge".[21]

Fresh Cream

Cream's debut album, Fresh Cream, was recorded and released in 1966. The album reached #6 in the UK charts and #39 in the United States.[22] It mainly consisted of blues covers, including "Four Until Late", "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (written by Muddy Waters), "Spoonful" (written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf), "I'm So Glad" (written by Skip James) and "Cat's Squirrel".[23] The rest of the album featured songs written (or co-written) by Jack Bruce, most notably "I Feel Free" (which was a UK hit single,[3] but only included on the American edition of the LP), and two by Ginger Baker (one of which, "Toad", contained one of the earliest examples of a drum solo in rock music). Ginger Baker also collaborated with Jack Bruce's then-wife Janet Godfrey to write "Sweet Wine."

The early Cream bootlegs display a much tighter band showcasing more songs. All of the songs are reasonably short five-minute versions of "N.S.U.", "Sweet Wine" and "Toad". But a mere two months later, the setlist shortened, with the songs then much longer.

Disraeli Gears

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Cream first visited the United States in March 1967 to play nine dates at the RKO Theater in New York. They returned to record Disraeli Gears in New York between 11 May and 15 May 1967. Cream's second album was released in November 1967 and reached the Top 5 in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.[24] Produced by Felix Pappalardi (who later co-founded the Cream-influenced quartet Mountain) and engineer Tom Dowd, it was recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York. Disraeli Gears is often considered to be the band's defining effort, successfully blending psychedelic British rock with American blues. It was also the first Cream album to consist primarily of original songs, with only three of the eleven tracks written by others outside the band. Disraeli Gears not only features hits "Strange Brew" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses", but also "Sunshine of Your Love".

Although the album is considered one of Cream's finest efforts, it has never been well represented in Cream's live sets. Although they consistently played "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Sunshine of Your Love", a setlist consisting of several songs from Disraeli Gears was quickly dropped from the set in mid-1967, favouring longer jams instead of short pop songs. "We're Going Wrong" was the only additional song from the album which saw some occasional play time in their live sets. In fact, at their 2005 reunion shows in London, Cream only played three songs from Disraeli Gears: "Outside Woman Blues," "We're Going Wrong," and "Sunshine of Your Love." ("Tales of Brave Ulysses" was included in the band's 2005 New York set list, however.)

In August 1967, Cream played their first headlining dates in America, playing at the Fillmore West in San Francisco for the first time. The concerts were a great success and proved very influential on both the band itself and the flourishing hippy scene surrounding them. Faced with a new listening audience, it was during this time that Cream started to stretch out on stage, incorporating more jamming time in their repertoire, some songs reaching 20 minutes. Long drawn-out jams in numbers like "Spoonful", "N.S.U." and "Sweet Wine" became live favorites while songs like "Sunshine of Your Love", "Crossroads", and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" remained reasonably short.

Wheels of Fire

In 1968 came Cream's third release, Wheels of Fire, which topped the American charts. Wheels of Fire studio recordings showcased Cream moving slightly away from the blues and more towards a semi-progressive rock style highlighted by odd time signatures and various orchestral instruments. However, the band did record Howlin' Wolf's "Sitting on Top of the World" and Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign". According to a BBC interview with Clapton, the record company, also handling Albert King, asked the band to cover "Born Under a Bad Sign", which became a popular track off the record. The opening song, "White Room", became a radio staple. Another song, "Politician", was written by the band while waiting to perform live at the BBC.[13] The album's second disc featured three live recordings from the Winterland Ballroom and one from the Fillmore. Eric Clapton's second solo from "Crossroads" has made it to the top 20 in multiple "greatest guitar solo" lists.[25][26][27] Ginger Baker's "Toad" is now widely-regarded as one of the greatest live drum solos in rock history.[28]

After the completion of Wheels of Fire in mid-1968, the band members had had enough and wanted to go their separate ways. As Baker would state in a 2006 interview with Music Mart magazine, "It just got to the point where Eric said to me: 'I've had enough of this,' and I said so have I. I couldn't stand it. The last year with Cream was just agony. It damaged my hearing permanently, and today I've still got a hearing problem because of the sheer volume throughout the last year of Cream. But it didn't start off like that. In 1966, it was great. It was really a wonderful experience musically, and it just went into the realms of stupidity." Also, Bruce and Baker's combustible relationship proved even worse as a result of the strain put upon the band by non-stop touring, forcing Clapton to play the perpetual role of peacekeeper.

Clapton had also fallen under the spell of Bob Dylan's former backing group, now known as The Band, and their debut album, Music from Big Pink,[3] which proved to be a welcome breath of fresh air in comparison to the incense and psychedelia that had informed Cream. Furthermore, he had read a scathing Cream review in Rolling Stone magazine, a publication he had much admired, where the reviewer, Jon Landau, called him a "master of the blues cliché."[3] It was in the wake of that article that Clapton wanted to end Cream and pursue a different musical direction.

At the beginning of their farewell tour on 4 October 1968, in Oakland, nearly the entire set consisted of songs from Wheels of Fire: "White Room", "Politician", "Crossroads", "Spoonful", "Deserted Cities of the Heart", and "Passing the Time" taking place of "Toad" for a drum solo. "Passing the Time" and "Deserted Cities" were quickly removed from the setlist and replaced by "Sitting on Top of the World" and "Toad".


Cream was eventually persuaded to do one final album. That album, the appropriately titled Goodbye, was recorded in late 1968 and released in early 1969, after the band had broken up. It featured six songs: three live recordings dating from a concert at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, on 19 October, and three new studio recordings (the most notable, "Badge", was written by Clapton and George Harrison, who also played rhythm guitar). "I'm So Glad", which first appeared as a studio recording on Fresh Cream, appeared as a live track on Goodbye. It was the only song to appear on both Cream's first and last albums.

Cream's "farewell tour" consisted of 22 shows at 19 venues in the United States between 4 October and 4 November 1968, and two final farewell concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 November 1968. Initially another double album was planned, comprising live material from this tour plus new studio tracks, but a single album, Goodbye was released instead with three live tracks taken from their performance at The Forum in Los Angeles on 19 October 1968, and three studio tracks, one written by each of the band members. The 19 of October gig at The Forum captured some of the most intense live performances recorded which truly lives up to the name, The Cream. The final United States gig was at the Rhode Island Auditorium, 4 November 1968. The band arrived late and due to local restrictions they were only able to perform two songs, "Spoonful" and "Toad".

The two Royal Albert Hall concerts were filmed for a BBC documentary and released on video (and later DVD) as Farewell Concert. Both shows were sold out and attracted more attention than any other Cream concert, but their performance was regarded by many as below standard. Baker himself said of the concerts: "It wasn’t a good gig ... Cream was better than that ... We knew it was all over. We knew we were just finishing it off, getting it over with." Cream's live performances were already declining. In an interview from Cream: Classic Artists, Ginger Baker himself agreed that the band was getting worse by the minute.[29]

Cream's supporting acts were Taste (featuring a young Rory Gallagher) and the newly formed Yes, who received good reviews. Three performances early in Cream's farewell tour were opened by Deep Purple. Purple had originally agreed to open the entire U.S. leg of the tour, but Cream's management removed Purple after only three shows, in spite of favorable reviews and good rapport between the bands.[30]


From its creation, Cream were faced with some fundamental problems that would later lead to its dissolution in November 1968. The rivalry between Bruce and Baker created tensions in the band. Clapton also felt that the members of the band did not listen to each other enough. Clapton once told a story that when Cream was playing in a concert, he stopped playing and neither Baker nor Bruce noticed.[15] Clapton has also commented that Cream's later gigs mainly consisted of its members showing off.[31] Cream decided that they would break up in May 1968 during a tour of the US.[32] Later, in July, an official announcement was made that the band would break up after a farewell tour of the United States and after playing two concerts in London. Cream finished their tour of the United States with a 4 November concert in Rhode Island and performed in the UK for the last time in London on 25 and 26 November.[32]


Blind Faith was formed immediately after the demise of Cream, following an attempt by Clapton to recruit Steve Winwood into the band in the hope that he would help act as a buffer between Bruce and Baker. Inspired by more song-based acts Clapton went on to perform much different, less improvisational material with Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos and in his own long and varied solo career.

Jack Bruce began a varied and successful solo career with the 1969 release of Songs for a Tailor, while Ginger Baker formed a jazz-fusion ensemble out of the ashes of Blind Faith called Ginger Baker's Air Force, which featured Winwood, Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, Graham Bond on sax, and guitarist Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and (later) Wings.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and set aside its differences to perform at the induction ceremony.[33] Initially, the trio were wary about performing, until encouraging words from Robbie Robertson inspired it to try. The end result was an incendiary set consisting of "Sunshine of Your Love", "Crossroads", and - interestingly, as the band had never played it live during their original tenure - "Born Under a Bad Sign". Clapton mentioned in his acceptance speech that their rehearsal the day before the ceremony had marked the first time they had played together in 25 years.[3] This performance spurred rumours of a reunion tour. Bruce and Baker went so far as to say in later interviews that they were, indeed, interested in touring as Cream. A formal reunion did not take place immediately, as Clapton, Bruce and Baker continued to pursue solo projects, although the latter two worked together again in the mid-1990s as two-thirds of a power trio BBM with Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore.


In 2004, it was officially announced that Cream would finally reunite for a series of four shows, on 2, 3, 5, and 6 May 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the venue of their final concerts in 1968. Even more surprising was that the reunion came at Clapton's request: although the three musicians chose not to speak publicly about the shows, Clapton would later state that he had become more "generous" in regard to his past, and that the physical health of Bruce and Baker was a major factor: Bruce had recently undergone a liver transplant for liver cancer, and had almost lost his life, while Baker had severe arthritis.

Tickets for all four shows sold out in under an hour. Touts were soon charging outrageous prices for what became one of the hardest-to-get tickets in rock and roll history. The performances were recorded for a live CD and DVD. Among those in attendance were Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Roger Waters, Brian May of Queen, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and also Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman, formerly of the Rolling Stones. The reunion marked the first time the band had played "Badge" and "Pressed Rat and Warthog" live.

The Royal Albert Hall reunion proved a success on both a personal and financial level, inspiring the reformed band to bring their reunion to the United States. For reasons unknown, Cream chose to play at only one venue, Madison Square Garden in New York City, from 24-26 October 2005. The shows were marred by some controversy in regard to tickets: the show's promoters had made a deal with credit card company American Express to make tickets available to American Express customers only in an unprecedented week-long pre-sale. Again, touts charged high prices for tickets; nevertheless, the shows were a financial success and received critical praise.

Fans of Cream hoped for a full-scale tour, but a statement from Cream's publicist days after the last performance put the nail in that particular coffin, when it was announced that Cream would not tour the United States. In an interview with Jack Bruce in the December 2005 issue of Bass Player magazine, Bruce hinted that he would like to see Cream continue in one way or another, possibly in the form of a new album, but that a tour was out of the question: "It would be quite a challenge to try to create music that would stand up to the classic songs. I've got a few ideas already — in fact, I wrote a song yesterday that I think would work. I just don't know if it will happen, because we all feel the band is so special we don't want to do it that often, if we go on. We've had offers you wouldn't believe — I didn't believe — for long world tours, and it's tempting. But none of us wants to accept because it would take away from the rarity and special nature of getting together. I'd like to do it every now and again and just play somewhere, but we could do an album amidst that, and I'm going to suggest it."


In February 2006, Cream received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to, and influence upon, modern music. That same month, a "Classic Albums" DVD was released detailing the story behind the creation and recording of Disraeli Gears. On the day prior to the Grammy ceremony, Bruce made a public statement that more one-off performances of Cream had been planned: multiple dates in a few cities, similar to the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden shows. However, this story was rebutted by both Clapton and Baker, first by Clapton in a Times article from April 2006. The article stated that when asked about Cream, Clapton said: "No. Not for me. We did it and it was fun. But life is too short I've got lots of other things I would rather do, including staying at home with my kids. The thing about that band, he says, was that it was all to do with its was an experiment". In an interview in the UK magazine Music Mart, about the release of a DVD about the Blind Faith concert in Hyde Park 1969, Baker commented about his unwillingness to continue the Cream reunion. These comments were far more specific and explosive than Clapton's, as they were centred around his relationship with Jack Bruce. Ginger said, "When he's Dr. Jekyll, he's fine... It's when he's Mr. Hyde that he's not. And I'm afraid he's still the same. I tell you this - there won't ever be any more Cream gigs, because he did Mr. Hyde in New York last year."

When asked to elaborate, Baker replied: "Oh, he shouted at me on stage, he turned his bass up so loud that he deafened me on the first gig. What he does is that he apologises and apologises, but I'm afraid, to do it on a Cream reunion gig, that was the end. He killed the magic, and New York was like 1968... It was just a get through the gig, get the money sort of deal. I was absolutely amazed. I mean, he demonstrated why he got the sack from Graham Bond and why Cream didn't last very long on stage in New York. I didn't want to do it in the first place simply because of how Jack was. I have worked with him several times since Cream, and I promised myself that I would never work with him again. When Eric first came up with the idea, I said no, and then he phoned me up and eventually convinced me to do it. I was on my best behaviour and I did everything I could to make things go as smooth as possible, and I was really pleasant to Jack." [34]

Jack Bruce told Detroit's WCSX radio station in May 2007 that there were plans for a Cream reunion later in the year. It was later revealed that the potential performance was to be November 2007 London as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegün. The band decided against it and this was confirmed by Bruce in a letter to the editor of the Jack Bruce fanzine, The Cuicoland Express dated 26 September 2007:

"Dear Marc,
We were going to do this tribute concert for Ahmet when it was to be at the Royal Albert Hall but decided to pass when it was moved to the O2 Arena and seemed to be becoming overly commercial."

The headlining act for the O2 Arena Ertegun tribute show (postponed to December 2007) turned out to be another reunited English hard-rock act, Led Zeppelin. So while the band members are all still alive and talking again, no Cream reunions are planned for the near future.

Recently, Rolling has featured the band, and Sirius Radio stations "Classic Vinyl" and "Deep Tracks" are heavily playing their songs. This has led some to speculate that a reunion may be in the works.


Cream tribute songs


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  • 'Cause now again I've fucked myself
    So far down, away from the sun
    That shines into the darkest place


  • There was a man, had a face that looked a lot like me,
    I saw him in the mirror and I followed him in the street,
    then when he turned away,
    I shot him in the head, then I came to realise
    I had killed myself.
  • I know you've got problems,
    I see it in your eyes.
    If you want to live to see the morning
    Give it up to your brother, or you'll get a surprise.
  • She's a dwelling place for demons
    She's a cage for every unclean spirit,
    Every filthy bird and makes us
    Drink the poisoned wine to fornicating with our kings
    Fallen now is Babylon the Great
  • Here's a story about the boys at the altar
    Some of them came between me and my halter
    But I don't think the good lord would mind
    I was callin' his name the whole time!
  • Cuz I'm a freaky streaker like Winnie the Pooh / T-shirt and no pants and I dance the boogaloo!
  • I never thought missing children could be so sexy. Did I say that out loud?
    • The Bloodhound Gang, "A Lapdance is So Much Better When the Stripper is Crying", Hooray for Boobies (2000)
  • These are the words you wish you wrote down
    • Brand New, "Okay, I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't", Deja Entendu (2003)
  • I swam across, I jumped across for you.
  • You've got that rainbow feel, but the rainbow has a beard
    • Cream, "SWLABR" (an abbreviation for "She Was (or Walks) Like A Bearded Rainbow"), Disraeli Gears (1967)
  • He was high on intellectualism.
    I've never been there, but the brochure looks nice.
    • Sheryl Crow, "Every Day is a Winding Road", from Sheryl Crow (1996)
  • It's not getting what you want
    It's wanting what you've got
  • Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
    Sings upon the birch bough high.
  • He can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if he'll run mine.


  • [to "American Tune" by Paul Simon ]
    This pretty tune was written by Hans Leo Hassler
    In 1599.
    I wrote some words and changed about three notes.
    Now ASCAP says it's mine.
    • John Forster, "Fusion", Entering Marion (1993)
  • [to a tune similar to "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon]
    I'm well aware that there's an element you could call exploitation
    In the way that I appropriate the cultures of these peoples for my own commercial purposes.
    Mmm, but everyone who works for me gets credit
    And royalties
    And Grammys
    And a chance to ride to stardom on my coattails, neh-nyah neh-nyah.
    But hey, let's just remember who's the genius here!
    • John Forster, "Fusion", Entering Marion (1993)
  • Between the lines of fear and blame,
    You begin to wonder why you came.
    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
    Somewhere along in the bitterness.
    And I would have stayed up with you all night,
    Had I known how to save a life.
  • I said, "Hi!"
    She said, "Yeah, I guess I am."
  • Wouldn't it be great if no one ever got offended?
    And wouldn't it be great to say what's really on your mind?
    I have always said all the rules are made for bendin'
    And if I let my hair down, would that be such a crime?
  • Won't you die tonight for love?
    Baby join me in death.
    Won't you die?
  • It's just a ride, it's just a ride
    No need to run, no need to hide
    It'll take you round and round
    Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down
    It's just a ride, it's just a ride
    Don't be scared, don't hide your eyes
    It may feel so real inside
    But don't forget it's just a ride


  • He's washing dishes and baby clothes
    He's so ambitious, he even sews
    But don't forget, folks, that's what you get, folks
    For makin' whoopee
  • If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
    Never make a pretty woman your wife
    So for my personal point of view
    Get an ugly girl to marry you
  • I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
    If that's the way she feels about it, why doesn't she just end it all?
    Oh, no, not me.
    I'm not ready for that final disappointment.
    'Cause I know, just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
    That when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath,
    I'll be saying to myself…
    Is that all there is?
  • The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
  • I'll be thuggin forever, see I'ma fighter, not a lover
    I'm a hit-and-run-it, cold-blooded, motherfucka
  • Your life's an open book
    Don't close it fore it's done
  • Staying awake to chase a dream
  • I'll be back when I've calmed my fears
    And I'll see you around in a thousand years
  • Talking is just masturbating
    without the mess.
    • Our Lady Peace, "Happiness and the Fish", Happiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch (1999)
  • Scared the lights'll turn green
    You'll have to be seen
    You'll be like anybody else
    Scared the lights'll turn red
    You're stuck in your head
    You can't run it to even her
    How you gonna get through the year?
  • It's just fuck and run
    Fuck and run
    Ever since I was seventeen
    Even when I was twelve
  • I want to be your Blowjob Queen
  • In wine there's truth but in silence there's surrender.
  • You're still searching for these answers
    They're not inside your wrist


  • I never wanted to know
    Never wanted to see
    I wasted my time
    Till time wasted me
    I never wanted to go
    I always wanted to stay
    'Cause the persons I am
    Are the parts that I play
    So I plot and I plan
    And I hope and I scheme
    To the lure of a night
    Filled with unfinished dreams
    And I'm holding on tight
    To a world gone astray
    As they charge me for years
    I can't pay
    • Savatage, "Believe", Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)
  • I am the way
    I am the light
    I am the dark inside the night
    I hear your hopes
    I feel your dreams
    And in the dark I hear your screams
    Don't turn away
    Just take my hand
    And when you make your final stand
    I'll be right there, I'll never leave
    And all I ask of you is... Believe
    • Savatage, "Believe", Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)
  • If the kids are united they will never be divided.
    • Sham 69, "If the Kids Are United", The Adventures of Hersham Boys (1979)
  • There are things in Doris's life,
    but then there are in everyone's.
    She opens her little mouth,
    She sings her little song. Like a flag
    it folds out across the city,
    and it goes:

    "The old man becomes an ice-skater...
    A maniac becomes a stepfather...
    I watch a policeman's mouth -
    out comes an honest word."

    Miracles happen when Doris sings.
    Couples in love stop dead in their tracks.
    Dishes clatter to the ground unbroken.
    Politicians die.
    • Shellac, "Doris", Uranus EP (1993)
  • Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken,
    And sleep's the only freedom that she knows.
    • Skylark, "Wildflower", Skylark (1972)
  • I'm not your star...
    Isn't that what you said,
    what you thought this song meant?
    • Something Corporate, "Konstantine", Ready... Break (2003)
  • [If] you can't hide it, you might as well embrace it.
  • 'Cause we're all to blame
    We've gone too far
    From pride to shame,
    We're trying so hard,
    We're dying in vain,
    We want it all,
    Everyone, don't we all?
  • The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.
    • Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades", from Greetings from Timbuk 3 (1986)


  • God of nations at Thy feet,
    In the bonds of love we meet,
    Hear our voices, we entreat,
    God defend our free land.
    Guard Pacific's triple star,
    From the shafts of strife and war,
    Make her praises heard afar,
    God defend New Zealand.

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Cream was a British rock band in the late 1960s. They played and recorded together from 1966 to 1969. The members of the group were Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. They were called a power trio, as there were three musicians, who all played essential roles in the band. Their sound of heavy blues-rock was a great influence on many other bands.

Cream's hit records included the songs "Strange Brew", "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room". Their last album, titled Goodbye, included a song called "Badge", co-written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison of The Beatles.

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