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April 16, 2012

The Smoke - Fogbound (1968)

This California group is another example of a great band that only released one album. Their album, The Smoke, was heavily influenced by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but to me, is most comparable to The Left Banke. The album art was drawn in a similar style to The BeatlesYellow Submarine and the album itself was dedicated to Stu Sutcliffe, the original bassist of The Beatles.

This song, featuring horns and floating lyrics, is my favorite song by the group. The album it comes from, The Smoke, has numerous great songs (listen to "October Country," "Odyssey," etc.) and comes with a very high recommendation for those that enjoy baroque pop. You'll notice at the end of the song, the group borrows the melody and words from The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

album art

The Smoke - Fogbound (1968)

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Lyrics:

Fogbound, I am, I am
Fogbound, I am, I am

Once upon a time
I thought that I would be
No one, no one

Once upon a time
You wouldn’t look at me
At me, at me

And now you’ve changed your view
And now you want me, too
But I don’t have the time to take you now

Fogbound, I am, I am
Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am

I can laugh, but it’s so much easier to cry, yeah
Don’t ask me why
There were times when you used to mean a lot to me
Aw, can’t you see?

Just because you’ve changed your ways
It’s not like yesterday
And I don’t have the time for you right now

Fogbound, I am, I am
Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am

Time passes by and you know that time can mean a lot
It’s not that I don’t want you

Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am
Baby, fogbound, I am, I am
Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am
Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am
(Lucy in the sky with diamonds)
Yeah, fogbound, I am, I am
(Lucy in the sky with diamonds)
Baby…

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