FCS Daily Music Video – ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ Cream (1967)

Cream were a British rock band formed in London in 1966. The group consisted of bassist Jack Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce was the primary songwriter and vocalist, although Clapton and Baker also sang and contributed songs. Formed from members of previously successful bands, they are widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup. Cream were highly regarded for the instrumental proficiency of each of their members

Both Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker have since died.

This song was inspired by trips Eric Clapton took to the Greek Islands. “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” is one of the trippiest songs on the album, thanks in part to the wah-wah pedal Eric Clapton used on his guitar. According to Pappalardi, their first attempts to record the song fell flat. Taking a break, he and Clapton went to Manny’s Music store, where they found some wah-wah pedals – Clapton only agreed to use them because he heard Jimi Hendrix was experimenting with one. This guitar effect became a distinguishing feature of the song.

Lyrics below

“Tales Of Brave Ulysses”

You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun

And the colours of the sea bind your eyes with trembling mermaids
And you touch the distant beaches with tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing
For the sparkling waves are calling you to kiss their white laced lips

And you see a girl’s brown body dancing through the turquoise
And her footprints make you follow where the sky loves the sea
And when your fingers find her, she drowns you in her body
Carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind

The tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers
And you want to take her with you to the hard land of the winter

Her name is Aphrodite and she rides a crimson shell
And you know you cannot leave her for you touched the distant sands
With tales of brave Ulysses, how his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing

The tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers
And you want to take her with you to the hard land of the winter



Don Matthews
August 2022




Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

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