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The song was the first collaboration between guitarist Eric Clapton and artist Martin Sharp. Clapton composed the music, inspired by the Lovin' Spoonful 's hit " Summer in the City ". He, in turn, told me he'd written some music. So I gave him my poem. Two weeks later, he turned up with it on the B-side of a 45 record. The song was the B-side for " Strange Brew " in Juneseveral months ahead of the group's second album, Disraeli Gearswhich included both songs.
AllMusic 's Matthew Greenwald calls it, "One of a few overtly psychedelic songs to have aged gracefully Lyrically, it's a relatively factual and colorful rendering of the great Greek tragedy Ulysses ".
When [first meeting Sharp] he heard that I was a musician, he Take Me To The Sunshine - Sting - Live In Japan 1994 me he had written a poem that he thought would make good lyrics for a song. As it happens, I had in my mind at that moment an idea inspired by a Tales Of Brave Ulysees - Cream - Strange Brew - The Very Best Of Cream [ sic ] song of mine by the Lovin' Spoonful called "Summer in the City," so I asked him to show me the words.
He wrote them down on a napkin and gave them to me These became the lyrics of the song "Tales of Brave Ulysses". For the recording, Clapton used a wah-wah pedal guitar effects unit for the first time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 September Voyageur Press. The Eric Clapton Lyric Archive.
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