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August 07, 2013

String Driven Thing - July Morning (1968)

Formed in 1967, this Scottish band originated in Glasgow and consisted of husband and wife Chris and Pauline Adams, with (at least for a short period) guitarist John Mannion. In their early years, the trio found local success in their native Scotland which lasted through the early ‘70s. In those early formative years they also released one self-titled album in 1968, which quickly sank into obscurity. Although their creative output began to fizzle shortly thereafter, the band found new life when Graham Smith and Colin Wilson brought in their electric violin and bass, respectively. Sans Mannion, the new band released another self-titled album in 1972 and backed it by touring the UK and Europe with other Charisma Records bands (most notable of which was Phil CollinsGenesis). In the years that came, albums were recorded, members came and went, and the band continuously toured. Their peak was probably around 1973 and they officially disbanded in 1975. Fans were happy to see them get back together no less than four times. They are currently together and performing live.

Before the band was signed with Charisma Records, they were briefly on the Concord label. As alluded to above, the only members of the band during those earliest years were the married Adams couple and John Mannion. This song was released on the only album released in that time, the self-titled String Driven Thing from 1968. It can be a bit confusing, since the band released another self-titled album a few years later in 1972. That “second” self-titled album is generally regarded as their “first album” since they had added additional band members and were with a new record company. If you enjoy this song, definitely listen to "Say What You Like" and "One of the Lonely People" from the same album.

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String Driven Thing - July Morning (1968)

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Lyrics:

I came out without a coat
‘cause the morning shone so bright
And looking down the road I saw the sea
And it looked so blue and green
And its sand was oh, so white
And I suddenly saw
How good the world can be

On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning in the sun

Living in a dirty town
Had bad things on my mind
And made me think that everything were grey
And it took a thousand miles
And a whole new way of life to make me see
How good the world can be

On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning in the sun

I was asleep, didn’t realize
I was asleep, had closed my eyes
To the wonders that there are
In the village you can find when you see
How good the world can be

On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning in the sun

On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning
On a July- July morning in the sun

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