Joe Cocker Woodstock

Joe Cocker Woodstock

The Airplane had ended what was basically a 22-hour concert from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.  Now people wandered, slept, sought food,  found relief, or tried to figure out what was next.

Joe Cocker Woodstock
A bubble floats over Sunday morning at Woodstock

Max Yasgur

On Friday, I wasn’t at  Woodstock to hear Sri Swami Satchidananda and on Sunday I didn’t know who Max Yasgur was. The Swami had spoke to and chanted with the crowd for about 17 minutes.

Max spoke for less than 2.

I’m a farmer…(interrupted by a cheer from the audience)… I don’t know how to speak to twenty people at one time, let alone a crowd like this. But I think you people have proven something to the world — not only to the Town of Bethel, or Sullivan County, or New York State; you’ve proven something to the world. This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. We have had no idea that there would be this size group, and because of that you’ve had quite a few inconveniences as far as water, food, and so forth. Your producers have done a mammoth job to see that you’re taken care of… they’d enjoy a vote of thanks. But above that, the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids — and I call you kids because I have children that are older than you are — a half million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I – God Bless You for it!”

Like Quill was and Sweetwater was supposed to be, Joe Cocker was the opening act and opening acts have that slot because they are typically less known. Such was the cast for Cocker, but he was a bit better known in the American east than Quill or Sweetwater had been.

Joe Cocker Woodstock

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band

Now it was about 2 PM on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  The band would play for nearly 90 minutes, quite a long time for an opening act, which turned out to be a good thing for the crowd who didn’t realize they were in for a soaking soon after his set finished.

Personnel:

Setlist (the first two songs were instrumentals that the Grease Band played before Joe Cocker joined them on stage)

  • Rockhouse
  • Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring 
  • Dear Landlord
  • Something’s Coming On
  • Do I Still Figure in Your Life
  • Feelin’ Alright
  • Just Like a Woman
  • Let’s Go Get Stoned
  • I Don’t Need No Doctor
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Hitchcock Railway
  • Something to Say
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Rockhouse/Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring 

Joe Cocker Woodstock

The Grease Band was a separate group formed just before Joe Cocker hired them (briefly) as his back up band. The band members each went on following Cocker’s departure to have long careers, sometime with Cocker again.

They would later release two of their own albums, The Grease Band in 1971 and Amazing Grease in 1975.

Joe Cocker Woodstock

Dear Landlord

Joe Cocker Woodstock

Joe Cocker was the only Woodstock performer to have a band open for him. Not sure why. In any case, Cocker is best known for songs he covered and covered in such a way that the songs became his. While Dear Landlord  may not be the best example of that, he certainly makes Bob Dylan’s song his own.

The song would appear on his second album, Joe Cocker, in November 1969. Unlike his first album, With A Little Help From My Friends,  which did not feature the Grease Band, the Joe Cocker album did.

The following lyrics are Dylan’s. Joe takes a bit of poetic license with his version.

Interestingly, he introduced the song by comparing the title to Max Yasgur: “That farming guy who came out. He seemed like a nice little bloke” 

Dear landlord
Please don’t put a price on my soul
My burden is heavy
My dreams are beyond control
When that steamboat whistle blows
I’m going to give you all I got to give
And I do hope you receive it well
Depending on the way you feel that you live
Dear landlord
Please heed these words that I speak
I know you’ve suffered much
But in this you are not so unique
All of us, at times we might work too hard
To have it too fast and too much
And anyone can fill his life up
With things he can see but he just cannot touch
Dear landlord
Please don’t dismiss my case
I’m not about to argue
I’m not about to move to no other place
Now, each of us has his own special gift
And you know this was meant to be true
And if you don’t underestimate me
I won’t underestimate you
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Something’s Coming On

Written by Joe Cocker and keyboardist Chris Stainton, the song. He says “This explains the whole situation.”

Something coming on, don’t know what it is but it’s getting stronger
Feeling in my bones, hope you let it last a little bit longer
Breaking out my head, doing things I never even dreamed of
Rolling down my spine, turning on the things that’d never been turned on
Suddenly she came in
Looked like she’d been gaming
Doing things with everybody else
When I yelled out loudly
She answered kind of proudly
That she spent her life upon the shelf
Something coming on, Now I understand Its getting better
I’ve got a feeling in my bones
what ever happens now it just don’t matter Breaking out my head
I’ve been doing things I never even dreamed of
rolling down my spine, turning on my things that’d never been turned on
Suddenly she came in
Looked like she’d been gaming
Doing things with everybody else
When I yelled out loudly
She answered kind of proudly
That she spent her life upon the shelf
Talk about the woman
Something coming on, don’t know what it is but it’s getting stronger
Feeling in my bones, hope you let it last a little bit longer
Breaking out my head, doing things I never even dreamed of
Rolling down my spine, turning on the things that’d never been turned on
Suddenly she came in
Looked like she’d been gaming
Doing things with everybody else
When I yelled out loudly
She answered kind of proudly
That she spent her life upon the shelf
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Do I Still Figure in Your Life

Joe Cocker Woodstock

A Sunday afternoon ballad.” written by Pete Dello  appeared on Cocker’s first album With A Little Help From My Friends released in May 1969.

Hey there, what’cha gonna do now
You made yourself some new friends, knocking around
But all those wild people,
you know they make me nervous
When the things you said cut me like a knife
Do I still figure in your life
Hey hey hey
Do I still figure in your life
Hey there, well I hardly even know your face
It’s got a brand new look about it
that’s hard to trace
The tender way you look
the way you’re smiling, yeah
To think I once took you for my wife
Do I still figure in your life
Hey hey hey
Do I still figure in your life
Hey there, well I hardly even know your face
It’s got a brand new look about it
that’s hard to trace
The tender way you look
the way you’re smiling
To think I once took you for my wife
Do I still figure in your life
Hey hey hey
Do I still figure in your life
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Feelin’ Alright

Dave Mason of Traffic wrote the song which also appeared on Joe’s first album.

Seems I got to have a change of scene
Every night I have the strangest dreams
Imprisoned by the way it could have been
Left here on my own or so it seems
I got to leave before I start to scream
‘Cause someone locked the door and took the key
You feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ too good myself
Yes, you feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ that good myself
Boy you sure took me for one big ride
And even now I sit and I wonder why
That when I think of you I start myself to cry out
I just can’t waste my time, I must keep dry
Gotta stop believin’ in all your lies
‘Cause there’s too much to do before I die, hey
You feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ too good myself
You feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ too good, little girl
Don’t get too lost in all I say
Yeah by the time I really felt that way
But that was then, and now you know it’s today
I can’t get off, I guess I’m here to stay
‘Til someone comes along and takes my place, yeah
With a different name, oh, and a different face
You feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ that good myself
You feelin’ alright?
Hey, not feeling that good myself
Woah, not feelin’ alright
Yeah, not feelin’ that good myself
Oh, woah, I’m not, well I’m not feelin’ good myself
You can turn away, feelin’ alright I’m not feeling too good myself
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Just Like a Woman

Another Dylan tune (of course) that also appeared on his first album. Joe refers to the fact that Dylan is on his way to the Isle of Wright Festival in England which was part of the reason he didn’t appear at Woodstock. That and the fact that Dylan wasn’t doing shows to begin with.

The song also appeared on his first album.

Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand here in the rain
Everybody knows that baby’s got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
And the problems from her curls
She takes just like a woman
She makes love just like a woman
And then she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl
Queen Mary, she’s my friend
Yes I believe I’ll go and see her again
Ain’t no one has to guess that baby can’t be blessed
‘Til she finds out, she’s like all the rest
With her fog, her amphetamines, and her pearls
Well she takes just like a woman
And she makes love just like a woman
And then she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl
It was raining down at first, but I was dying there of thirst
So I came in here
And your long-time curse, it hurts, oh and what’s worse
Is the pain in here
Oh, I can’t stay in here
Ain’t it clear
Oh I must admit
I believe it’s time for us to quit
And when we met again and are introduced as friends
Please don’t let on that you knew me when
I was hungry, and it was your world
Well you take just like a woman
And you make love to me just like a woman
Say that you’re fair just like a woman
Well but you break up like a little girl
Breaking like a girl
I don’t know what I’m gon’ do
‘Cause it’s just like a little girl
Seems like I don’t know what I’m gon’ do with you
Hey, my little girl
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Let’s Go Get Stoned

First made famous by Ray Charles and written by Valerie Simpson, Jo Armstead, and Nick Ashford, Let’s Go Get Stone would be included on his 1970 live album, Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

Let’s go get stoned
Let’s go get stoned
When your baby won’t let you in
Got a few pennies, a bottle of gin
Just call your buddy on the telephone
Let’s go get stoned
Let’s go get stoned
Let’s go get stoned
When you work so hard all the day long
And everything you do seems to go wrong
Just drop by my place on your way home
Let’s go get stoned
It ain’t no harm
You’re taking just a taste
But don’t blow your cool
And start messing up the place
It ain’t no harm you’re faking just a nip
But make sure you don’t fall down bust your lip
Let’s go get stoned
Let’s go get stoned
Joe Cocker Woodstock

I Don’t Need No Doctor

Also written by written by Valerie Simpson, Jo Armstead, and Nick Ashford and also made famous by Ray Charles.

I don’t need no doctor
‘Cause I know what’s ailing me
I don’t need no doctor
‘Cause I know what’s ailing me

I’ve been too long away from my baby, yeah
I’m coming down with a misery
I don’t need no doctor
For my prescription to be filled
(I don’t need no doctor)
(I don’t need no doctor)

No, no, no, I don’t need no doctor
For my prescription to be filled, yeah
Only my baby’s arms could ever
Could ever take away this chill

Now the doctor say I need rest
For I need is her tenderness
He put me on the critical list
When all I need is her sweet kiss

He gave me a medicated lotion
But it didn’t soothe my emotion, yeah
I don’t need no doctor
For my hope to live is gone
(I don’t need no doctor)
(I don’t need no doctor)

No, no, I don’t need no doctor
For my hope to live is gone
All I need is my baby, please!
Won’t you please just come on home?
Come on home

Joe Cocker Woodstock

I Shall Be Released

In for a penny, in for a pound. Another Dylan tune and also on Cocker’s first album. The Band will include the song in their set later.

They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
They say every man needs protection
They say that every man must fall
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Somewhere so high above this wall
I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
Now, yonder stands a man in this lonely crowd
A man who swears he’s not to blame
All day long I hear him shouting so loud
Just crying out that he was framed
I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Hitchcock Railway

Written by Don Dunn and Tony McCashen, Hitchcock Railway was on the Joe Cocker! album.

Two train tickets into L.A.
One round trip the other way
Oh, I get the feelin’ when forever calls
I get the feelin’ when forever calls
Home trip, ticket to sail away
Hand grip, Hitchcock railway
Soft ride, made for comfort
Been tried, guaranteed passport
Hitchcock railway, please don’t fail to pay
Hey, I’m gonna ride, I’m gonna testify
Get my soul, lift my mind
Good stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
Free fare, conductor’s comin’
Prepare, better start runnin’
On time, hold you through now
State line, I’ve been convicted
Quick stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
Please hold on
Ooh, somebody take a train ride
Ooh, leap on
Two train tickets into L.A.
One round trip the other way
Oh, I get the feelin’ where the river falls
I get the feelin’ where the river falls
Home trip, ticket to sail away
Hand grip, Hitchcock railway
Soft ride, made for comfort
Been tried, guaranteed passport
Hitchcock railway, please don’t fail to pay
Hey, I’m gonna ride, I’m gonna testify
Get my soul, lift my mind
Quick stop, good day
Hitchcock railway
I’m gonna take the safe way home, oh, alright
I’m gonna ride a train back home
I’m gonna buy me a ticket at a station
Don’t want to go on a train tonight
On a train tonight
On a train tonight
On a train tonight
Joe Cocker Woodstock

Something to Say

Written by Cocker and Peter Nicholls, (the band’s road manager) Something to Say appeared on Cocker’s third studio album, Joe Cocker. A & M released it in November 1972.

And so, what can I say, I thank you, dear
To share the few things you have
And oh, I’d like to say, I’m glad you’re here
And hope your leaving is not sad
Soon I’ll have to go an’ get back on the road
Then I’ll have no reason left at all

In times it’s hard to say the things I feel
To wonder while I’ve known so long
Oh, you still remain so sure and real
But ev’rything is going wrong
But soon I’ll have to go an’ get back on the road
Then I’ll have no reason left at all

Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it for me, please
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it before I leave
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it from your heart
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it before I part

And so, what can I say, I thank you, dear
For sharing what few things you have
And oh, I’d like to say, I’m glad you’re here
And hope your leaving is not sad
Soon I’ll have to go an’ get back on the road
Then I’ll have no reason left at all

Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it for me, please
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it before I leave
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it from your heart
Oh, have you somethin’ to say, say it before I part ….
Oh let it roll, right from your heart now
Oh let it roll, right from your heart now
Have you got somethin’ to say
Have you got somethin’ to say
Have you got somethin’ to say
Let it roll, yeah ….

Joe Cocker Woodstock

With a Little Help from My Friends

And the closing is THE closing. While the Woodstock album could have included other songs from this great set, this is the one and it became the one.

And while none of the Beatles were at the festival, their spirit and many of their songs were.

What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
I will try not to sing out of key
Oh, baby I get by (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
All I need is my buddies (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I say I’m gonna get high (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh yeah (Ooh)
What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
No no
How do I feel at the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you’re on your own?)
I tell ya I don’t get sad no more
Gonna get by with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Yeah yeah, I’m gonna try (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Keep on getting high, oh Lord (Ooh)
I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
All I need is someone
That’s just where I’m going, yeah
Somebody knows that’s where I’m showing
Baby
Said I’m gonna make it with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, I’m gonna keep on trying (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m gonna keep on trying (Ooh)
I’m certain it happens all the time, yeah
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can’t tell you but it sure feels like mine
Don’t you know I’m gonna make it with my friends? (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I promised myself I’d get by (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Said I’m gonna try and not work too hard (Ooh)
Well I, yeah yeah yeah
(Could it be anybody?)
Oh there’s gotta be somebody
Don’t treat me wrong Lord
Oh yeah yeah
Said I’m gonna get by with my friends, yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, yes I’m gonna keep trying, now (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Keep on trying with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
Oh, I’m never gonna stop there, oh (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m gonna keep on trying, yeah yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)
I’m getting high, I’m gonna make time, oh Lord (Ooh)
Gonna get by with my friends
Oh, I’m gonna get on by, yes I’m gonna get on by, my Lord
I’m gonna tell them all about it, I’m gonna tell them all, yeah yeah
Joe Cocker Woodstock

And then the rains came…

A couple of hours later with things still wet, Country Joe and the Fish would continue day 3.

Joe Cocker Woodstock

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

1969 Cambridge Free Festival

8, 9, 10, & 11 June 1969
On Midsummer Common
2 PM to dusk

1969 Festival #12

Like many historic events, claims are often exaggerated. For many years, the Phun City rock festival  held at Ecclesden Common near Worthing, England from 24 July to 26 July 1970 was considered the first large-scale free festival in the UK. Though it was “free,” it, like the famous Woodstock festival, organizers did not intend it to be free. Circumstances dictated the change.

Also, there was the Cambridge Free Festival a year earlier and it was organized as a free festival from the beginning.

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

UK’s Free Festivals

Nearly all of the information about this festival was found at a post about it and other free festivals in the UK.

Here are photos of the performers and dates. Performers were not paid and some invited performers did not attend. Another page of the programme explains, “Admission to all these concerts is entirely free. This is because  every single group taking part is playing for free; the London groups have even had to pay their own expenses to get to Cambridge. So don’t be disappointed if one or two groups don’t turn up.”

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Roger Kinsey

One of the people responsible for the free festival was Roger Kinsey. He wrote the following:

Hi,
I am pleased to see the site that you have constructed on the Cambridge free festivals. I was instrumental in helping to put the festivals together in 1969/70. My name is Roger Kinsey and at the time I was in a partnership business with two other people operating under the business name of Rufus Manning Associates. We were the leading entertainments management and agency business in Cambridge during those years. many of the bands featured on these festivals were either under our management or we acted as their agent.

For the first festival we worked very closely with the Cambridge Arts group. of which some of the members involved with that Group were also musicians in some of the bands/groups we managed. I was the lynchpin in persuading the then Cambridge City Council Entertainments Manager, Mr David Constant to actually give us the permission to hold the free festival over the three days on Midsummer Common. There was much bargaining and persuasion to be done as the councillors were not at all keen for this to go ahead.

As a result of the festival many local people who lived around Midsummer Common complained afterwards and as many of them were academics and influential persons they had their day and the following year in 1970 we had to move it to Coldhams Common. The poster for that festival was designed by our secretary Steff and I have a very clean and pristine copy of it. I also have a small cine footage of Tuesdays Children ( whom we managed ) playing on the stage at the 1969 festival.

Yours with many memories of those halcyon days of utter chaos and great unreliability of those bands and groups who said they would appear at these festivals

Roger M. Kinsey

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Steve McDermott

Steve McDermott provided the photos of the program and the festival poster. He wrote:

Hi,

I came across your wonderful archives today, and I noticed that although you mention the 1969 Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival, nothing is recorded about it. I thought you would appreciate the attached copies of the poster, with details of the bands on the bill. The bedraggled poster is still on my wall, exactly 39 years on. (My friend Peter Reynolds framed his copy, and I bet he still has it – it will be in much better condition.)

I was 14 then, at school, at the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, and I hated it. It was still very much the school that Roger Waters attended, and wrote about in The Wall. I went to the “Pop Festival” every day, after school and all day on the last day. It was absolutely great – warm sunshine, and a revelation, the music I was avidly absorbing from the John Peel Show being played right in front of me.

I vividly remember Family, who were fantastic, and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, with John Stevens who I saw very often during the 1970’s. I think I remember seeing Terry Reid, and King Crimson, and I know I saw Brian Auger and the Trinity, and the Third Ear Band. And Henry Cow, who played a lot in Cambridge in those days. Mr Lucifer, Mellowing Grey, Committee, and Sir Charles Babbages All Brass Computing Engine were all local bands who also played regularly around the Town, and at University events.

It was a lovely event, and deserves to be remembered. There was an article, and pictures, in the Cambridge Daily News, that you may be able to find from their files.

Regards, Steve McDermott

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Ian Maun

Ian Maun performed at the festival. He wrote:

Dear festival folk

What a great web-site!

I’ve just finished Rob Young’s Electric Eden which mentions the 1969 Cambridge Midsummer Free festival.

At the time, I was the drummer with Natural Gas,a university band. I remembered playing early one day to about 10 people on Midsummer Common before Mighty Baby came on . I look up your website, and lo! Yes, it was on the Monday at two o’clock in the gap on the bill. I even have a fading colour photo.Later in the festival I stood beside the stage when Family were on, simply gazing in awe at Rob Townsend! Happy memories!

Pete Rickwood (bass) – not in photo;
centre – Ian Maun -drums;
right – Dave Price – lead guitar.

Best

Ian Maun (happily retired and still playing drums!)

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Hopefully More

This amount of information is more than some of those many other 1969 festivals, but I hope that those who read this and perhaps the site itself will find more. Fingers crossed as they say.

Cambridge Midsummer Pop Festival

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock
The Who had finished, the misty Sunday sunrise appeared, and the Jefferson Airplane would close Saturday’s 22-hour music marathon.

The sun rose and the Jefferson Airplane started at 8 am; they will play for and hour and 45 minutes, thus bringing their set’s ending to around 10 AM. 10 AM meant that Saturday’s part of the festival lasted nearly 22 hours!

It’s a New Dawn

It would be very understandable if the Airplane had done a lackluster performance.  Amusing jokes aside about what kind of party the night had been, et cetera, it was 8 AM! But Grace let everyone know: “All right friends, you have seen the heavy groups, now you will see morning maniac music. Believe me, yea. It’s a new dawn.”

Personnel, the regular guys and…
Setlist
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • Somebody to Love
  • 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
  • Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
  • Eskimo Blue Day
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover
  • Wooden Ships
  • Uncle Sam Blues
  • Volunteers
  • The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
  • Come Back Baby
  • White Rabbit
  • The House at Pooneil Corner
Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

The Other Side of This LifeJefferson Airplane Woodstock

 

Fred Neil wrote it and the song had been on their then most recent album, Bless Its Pointed Little Head, a live album recorded at both the Fillmore East and West in 1968. This cover is nothing like Neil’s version, but at about 6:18 they call out his name.

Would you like to know a secret just between you and me
I don’t know where I’m going next, I don’t know who I’m gonna be
But that’s the other side of this life I’ve been leading
That’s the other side of this life.
Well my whole world’s in an uproar, my whole world’s upside down
I don”t know where I’m going next, but I’m always bumming around
And that’s another side to this life I’ve been leading
And that’s another side to this life
Well I don’t know what doing for half the time, I don’t know where I’m going
I think I’ll get me a sailing boat and sail the Gulf of Mexico
But that’s another side of this life I’ve been leading
And that’s another side of this life
Well I think I’ll go to Nashville down in Tennessee
The ten cent life I’ve been leading here gonna be the death of me
But that’s the other side of this life I’ve been leading
And that’s another side to this life
Would you like to know a secret just between you and me
I don’t know where I’m going next, I don’t know who I’m gonna be
But that’s the other side of this life I’ve been leading
But that’s the other side of this life.

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

Somebody to Love

Darby Slick, 2011

Darby Slick wrote the song. He was a member of The Great Society, a band that included his brother Jerry and Jerry’s wife, Grace.  As a Great Society single, the song didn’t succeed, but when Grace went to the Airplane and the band used Darby’s song, it became one of the biggest hits of the 60s.

Before Grace begins the song, she observes that, “Somehow, this is doing it to me. when I put my hand on it. It’s gonna arc…” likely referring to her mic or mic on the mic stand.

The short delay (“bit of a piano problem”) continues, Grace says that “I’m going sit here and watch the show with you people” but Spencer Dryden’s drums indicate that the show will go on.

When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies
Don’t you want somebody to love, don’t you
Need somebody to love, wouldn’t you
Love somebody to love, you better
Find somebody to love

When the garden flowers baby are dead, yes and
Your mind, your mind is so full of red
Don’t you want somebody to love, don’t you
Need somebody to love, wouldn’t you
Love somebody to love, you better
Find somebody to love

Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
Yeah, but in your head, baby, I’m afraid you don’t know where it is
Don’t you want somebody to love, don’t you
Need somebody to love, wouldn’t you
Love somebody to love, you better
Find somebody to love

Tears are running down and down and down your breast
And your friends, baby they treat you like a guest
Don’t you want somebody to love, don’t you
Need somebody to love, wouldn’t you
Love somebody to love, you better
Find somebody to love

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds

Jefferson Airplane Woodstock

Marty Balin wrote it and for those of you who are (like me) wondered how fast 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds is, but are (also like me) too lazy to do the math, it’s 216 mph. The song appeared on the band’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow.

As tuning continues, Grace suggest that they just play it out of tune. Do it anyway.

Do away with people blowin’ my mind
Do away with people wastin’ my precious time
Take me to a simple place
Where I can easily see my face
Maybe baby, I’ll see that you were kind
Know I love you baby, yes I do
Know I love you baby, yes I do
Do away with people laughin’ at my hair
Do away with people frownin’ on my precious cares
Take me to a circus tent
Where I can easily pay my rent
And all the other freaks will share my cares
Know I love you baby, yes I do
Know I love you baby, yes I do
Do away with things that come on obscene
Like hot rods, pre-cleaned real fine nicotine
Sometimes the price is sixty-five dollars
Prices like that make a grown man holler
‘Specially when it’s sold by a kid who’s only fifteen
Know I love you baby, yes I do
Know I love you baby, yes I do
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Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon

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Written by Paul Kantner, the song had appeared on the band’s 1967 After Bathing At Baxter’s album. According to Jeff Tamarkin‘s history of the Airplane, “baxter” was the band’s code for LSD and the title as a whole translates to “After Tripping On Acid.” The song itself is fairly obvious in its LSD references.

Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Find a way to need someone
Find a way to see
Find a way to need someone and the sunshine will set you free
Won’t you try
With love before we’re gone
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Won’t you try

Saturday afternoon
Saturday afternoon
When your head is feeling fine
You can ride inside our car
I will give you caps of blue and silver sunlight for your hair
All that soon will be is what you need to see, my love
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
I do care that you do see
Is it time to leave, my lady
Yes it is I know
Round about and everywhere sunshine instead of snow
Times can’t change that what I say is true

I’ll come through for you
And I’ll come through for you, my love
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Won’t you try
Saturday afternoon
Yellow clouds rising in the noon
Acid incense and balloons
Saturday afternoon
People dancing everywhere
Loudly shouting I don’t care
It’s a time for growing, and a time for knowing
Saturday afternoon
Saturday afternoon (won’t you try)
Saturday afternoon (won’t you try)
Saturday afternoon (won’t you try)
Won’t you try (Saturday afternoon)
Won’t you try (Saturday afternoon)
Won’t you try
Won’t you try

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Eskimo Blue Day

Paul Kantner and Grace Slick wrote the song. The Airplane had already recorded their next album, Volunteers, but it would not be released until November where this song appeared.

Sun cuts loose from the frozen
Until it joins with the African sea
In moving it changes its cold and its name
The reason I come and I go is the same
Animal game for me
You call it rain
But the human name
Doesn’t mean shit to a tree
And if you don’t mind heat in your river and
Fork tongue talking from me
Swim like an eel fantastic snake
Take my love when it’s free
Electric feel with me
You call it loud
But the human crowd
Doesn’t mean shit to a tree
Change the strings and notes slide
Change the bridge and string shift down
Shift the notes and bridge sings
Fire eating people
Rising toys of the sun
Energy dies without body warm
Icicles ruin your gun
Water my roots the natural thing
Natural spring to the sea
Sulfur springs make my body float
Like a ship made of logs from a tree
Oh, redwoods talk to me
Say it plainly
The human name
Doesn’t mean shit to a tree
Snow called water going violent
Damn the end of the stream
Too much cold in one place breaks
That’s why you might know what I mean
Consider how small you are
Compared to your scream
The human dream
Doesn’t mean shit to a tree
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Plastic Fantastic Lover

Marty Balin wrote it and the song was the B-side of their Somebody to Love single. While it may seem to refer to something sexual, it apparently refers to a new stereo system Balin purchased.

Before the song, Grace says, “We got a whole lot of orange, and it was fine. Still is fine. Everybody’s vibrating.”

People call out requests.

Her neon mouth with a bleeding talk smile
Is nothing but electric sign
You could say she has an individual style
She’s a part of a colorful time
Super-sealed lady, chrome-color clothes
You wear ’cause you have no other
But I suppose no one knows
You’re my plastic fantastic lover
Your rattlin’ cough never shuts off
Is nothing but a used machine
Your aluminum finish, slightly diminished
Is the best I’ve ever seen
Cosmetic baby, plug into me
And never, ever find another
And I realize no one’s wise
To my plastic fantastic lover
The electrical dust is starting to rust
Her trapezoid thermometer taste
All the red tape is mechanical rape
Of the TV program waste
Data control and I.B.M.
Science is mankind’s brother
But all I see is draining me
On my plastic fantastic lover
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Wooden Ships

David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Paul Kantner, so this is the rare song that was twice-played at Woodstock by two different groups. The Airplane stretch out the song for 22 minutes compared to CS & N’s 6:46 version.

At a time when so many young people felt disconnected from society and often rejected its values, the notion of getting away had much appeal.

Perhaps Woodstock was a wooden ship for the weekend?

If you smile at me you know I will understand
‘Cause that is something everybody everywhere does
In the same language
I can see by your coat my friend that you’re from the other side
There’s just one thing I got to know
Can you tell me please who won
You must try some of my purple berries
I been eating them for six or seven weeks now
Haven’t got sick once
Probably keep us both alive, yeah
Wooden ships on the water very free and easy
Easy you know the way it’s supposed to be
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be
Very free and easy
Sail away where the morning sun goes high
Sail away where the wind blows sweet and young birds fly
Take a sister by her hand
Lead her far from this barren land
Horror grips us as we watch you die
All we can do is echo your anguished cry
Stare as all you human feelings die
We are leaving
You don’t need us
Oh
Go and take a sister by her hand
Lead her far from this foreign land
Somewhere where we might laugh again
We are leaving
You don’t need us (need us, no)
You don’t need us
Sailing ships on the water very free and easy
Easy you know the way it’s supposed to be
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be
Very free
And gone
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Oh) no, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Oh)
Ride the music, ride the music, ride the music
Go ride the music (oh ride), oh ride the music (oh ride), oh, ride the music, c’mon
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Uncle Sam Blues

Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were blues lovers and this is a cover of Oran “Hot Lips” Page’s composition. He wrote it in 1944 in reaction to World War II.  In 1969, the crowd likely had parents who fought in World War II and just as likely knew someone right then who was in Vietnam.

Got my questionnaire baby
You know I’m headed off for war
I got my questionnaire baby
You know I’m headed off for war
Well, now I’m gonna do some fightin’
Well, no one knows what for
Well, Uncle Sam ain’t no woman
You know he sure can take your man
Said Uncle Sam ain’t no woman
You know he sure can take your man
Well, there’s 40, 000 guys in the service list
Doin’ somethin’ somewhere they just don’t
Understand
Well, I’m gonna do some fightin’
Of that I can be sure
Said I’m gonna do some fightin’
Of that I can be sure
Well, now I want to kill somebody
Won’t have to break no kind of law
I got my questionnaire baby
You know I’m headed off for war
I got my questionnaire baby
You know I’m headed off for war
Well, I want to kill somebody
Won’t have to break no kind of law

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Volunteers

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Marty Balin and Paul Kantner wrote this song and it would appear on the upcoming Volunteers album. It will be a single off the album as well.

Look what’s happening out in the streets
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Hey, I’m dancing down the streets
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Oh, ain’t it amazing all the people I meet?
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
One generation got old
One generation got soul
This generation got no destination to hold
Pick up the cry
Hey, now it’s time for you and me
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Hey, come on now we’re marching to the sea
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Who will take it from you, we will and who are we?
Well, we are volunteers of America (volunteers of America)
Volunteers of America (volunteers of America)
I’ve got a revolution
Got a revolution
Look what’s happening out in the streets
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Hey, I’m dancing down the streets
Got a revolution (got to revolution)
Oh, ain’t it amazing all the people I meet?
Got a revolution, oh-oh
We are volunteers of America
Yeah, we are volunteers of America
We are volunteers of America (volunteers of America)
Volunteers of America (volunteers of America)
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The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil

Paul Kantner wrote this song and it had appeared on the Baxter’s album. From WikipediaThe title of the song refers to Winnie the Pooh as well as the folk singer Fred Neil. Parts of the lyric are taken from A. A. Milne‘s first book of children’s poetry, When We Were Very Young. The first four lines of both the first and last verses are taken almost word-for-word from the poem “Spring Morning” in the book. Another source was the Milne poem “Halfway Down”, the origin of the third verse’s lines “Halfway down the stair / Is a stair where I sit”. Neil was a big influence on Paul Kantner, as were Milne’s books.”

If you were a bird and you lived very high
You’d lean on the wind when the breeze came by
You’d say to the wind as it took you away
That’s where I wanted to go today
And I do know that I need to have you around
And I do, I do know that I need to have you around
Love like a mountain springtime
Flashing through the rivers of my mind
It’s what I feel for you
You and me go walking south
And we see all the world around us
The colors blind my eyes and my mind to all but you
And I do know that I need to have you around
And I do, I do know that I need to have you around
Around
I have a house where I can go
When there’s too many people around me
I can sit and watch all the people
Down below goin’ by me
Halfway down the stairs is a stair
Where I sit and think about you and me
I sit and think about you and me
But I wonder will the sun still see all the people goin’ by
Will the moon still hang in the sky when I die
When I die, when I’m high, when I die, when I die?
If you were a cloud and you sailed up there
You’d sail on water as blue as air
You’d see me here in the fields and say
Doesn’t the sky look green today?
But I wonder will the sun still see all the people goin’ by
Will the moon still hang in the sky when I die
When I die, when I die
When I’m high, when I die, die, die, die, die?
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Come Back Baby

Walter Davis

The crowd calls for more. The band returns with a traditional song written and recorded by Walter Davis in 1940. Jorma Kaukonen arranged this cover and it appeared as a bonus track on the 2003 release of Surrealistic Pillow as well as on Kaukonen’s 2007 album Stars in My Crown.

Come back baby, baby please don’t go
Way I love you, I want the world to know
Come back baby, let’s talk it over, one more time

Ah, this old world, well will fade one day
Said come back, baby, and don’t go away now
Ah, come back baby, let’s talk it over, one more time

Ah, come back baby, baby please don’t go
The way I love you, I want the world to know
Come back baby, let’s talk it over, one more time
One more time

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White Rabbit

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Grace Slick wrote it while still with the Great Society. It appeared on Surrealistic Pillow. The song obviously combines Lewis Carroll’s writings imagery with then contemporary drug imagery.

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call
He called Alice, when she was just small
When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom, and your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know
When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Remember what the Dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head
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The House at Pooneil Corner

This song will appear on the Airplane’s Crown of Creation album. Marty Balin mainly wrote it with help from Paul Kantner.

Matthew Greenwald from AllMusic wroteAn epic closer to Crown of Creation, “House at Pooneil Corners” is as ambitious a song as the Airplane had yet to attempt. In this science fiction-inspired song about a nuclear holocaust, the lyrics illustrate a scene so devastating and frightening that it takes the group’s summer of love image and turns it inside out. Around this time, Kantner was collaborating with David Crosby on “Wooden Ships,” which has a very similar subject matter — although that song certainly has a more escapist tone. Musically, “House” is a minor-key psychedelic masterpiece, driven by a powerful, dark melody and some exquisitely strange guitar lines from Jorma Kaukonen.

You and me we keep walkin’ around and we see
All the bullshit around us
You try and keep your mind on what’s going down
Can’t help but see the rhinoceros around us
[Grace Slick has the band return to the top]
And you wonder what you can do
And you do what you can
To get balled and high
And you know I’m still gonna need you around
You say it’s healing but nobody’s feeling it
Somebody’s dealing – somebody’s stealing it
You say you don’t see and you don’t
You say you won’t know and you won’t let it come
Everything someday will be gone except silence
The Earth will be quiet again
Seas from clouds will wash off the ashes of violence
Left as the memory of men
There will be no survivor my friend
Suddenly everyone will look surprised
Stars spinning wheels in the skies
Sun is scrambled in their eyes
While the moon circles like a vulture
Some people stood at a window and cried one tear
I thought that would stop a war
But someone is killing meAnd that’s the last hour to think anymore
Jelly and juice and bubbles, bubbles on the floorCastles on the cliffs vanish
Cliffs like heaps of rubbish
Seen from the stars hour by hour
As splintered scraps and black powderFrom here to heaven is a scar
Dead center, deep as death
All the idiots have left
The idiots have leftCows are almost cooing
Turtle doves are mooing
Which is why a Pooh is poohing
In the sun

Sun
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Thus “Saturday” ended and…
Sunday would slowly begin.

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The first act of Sunday was Joe Cocker.