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A favorite song of mine, it was recorded by half a dozen L.A. musicians and bands during the 1960s, including Jackie DeShannon, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and, laughably, Bobby Vee. Always relegated to a deep cut or b-side, my favorite version Van Dyke Parks contributed himself to the Harpers Bizarre album ANYTHING GOES.

It’s hands down the best version of the song though, which contains some of my favorite lyrics in rock history:

We’re in the high times baby
Where words are lost and tempest tossed in lemon lime.
When times and places effervesce

Those circular VDP riddle-rhymes just slay me every time. You can definitely hear them in songwriters like John Linnell, who does it so much he should send VDP a thank you card.


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