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June 06, 2012

The Gordian Knot - The Year of the Sun (1968)

This group first met at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi, in 1964. Their lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter was Ole Miss’ All-American quarterback, Jim Weatherly. In 1967, the group got their big break out in Los Angeles, where they had relocated, after being hired to play at a party being hosted by Nancy Sinatra. Sinatra liked the group so much she asked them to accompany her on a USO trip to entertain the American soldiers in Vietnam. Despite only releasing one album, the group also starred as themselves in the 1968 movie Young Runaways.

This song comes from the group’s only album, Tones, released in 1968. It was produced by the ex-member of The Hi-Los, Clark Burroughs, and was released by the record company Verve. The five group members were lead guitarist Pat Kincade, drummer Dulin Commodore Lancaster, Jr., pianist/organist J.D. Lobue, bassist Leland Russell, and lead vocalist James “Jim” Dexter Weatherly.

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The Gordian Knot - The Year of the Sun (1968)

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Lyrics:

Through the morning fog
I thought I saw her
A moment of reality
To beckon me

I began to run
To try and find her
But I only seem to make her fade
Into the haze

Just like you’re hearing the things that you said
In search of something you left behind
While you are acting, this book must be read
A beauty is drifting into your mind

Recalling the year of the sun
(Recalling the year of the sun)
(The year of the sun)
The year of the sun

Now these lonely walls are slowly turning
The river of the southern wind
Calls me again

Battles of the past are moving closer
A tender voice begins to say
“Come and play”
(Come and play)

Just like a portal that clogs your mind
Piece by piece it won’t fit in
It keeps you dreaming all of the time
Floating through places you’ve been

Recalling the year of the sun
(Recalling the year of the sun)
(The year of the sun)
The year of the sun

The year of the sun
The year of the sun
The year of the sun
The year of the sun
The year of the sun
The year of the sun…

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