Derek and the Dominos, “Layla”

A great song from 1970. Derek and the Dominos was Eric Clapton’s band after Cream broke up. This is one of the all time great rock and roll songs of all time. If you don’t like this song, I dunno. Something is wrong, sorry.

The lyrics mean nothing at all, of course. Not that it matters. Listen to that guitar singing away, wailing in the wind, soaring to the heavens, whistling in the canyons, screeching in the sky, wistful reminiscing about days gone by never to return but in a memory, moaning with joy, cheering with agony.

It’s midnight and all the people have left their homes. There they are, in their bathrobes and nightclothes. They’re all here in the streets. And they’re all singing, the same tune, in perfect harmony, in the full moon, at the precise moment of the solstice.

The city itself, the towers, the plunging canyons formed by the high rises, the dank alleys, the traffic that never stops…seems to sway to the beat. If you stand very still and look very closely, you can almost see the towers seem to move, ever so slightly, to the beat of the music in the streets. Or is it all a dream?

That guitar is a musical chorus right there, as good as 20 humans singing in tandem. That piano is pretty damn killer, too. Adds some nice pathos towards the end.

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long
You know it’s just your foolish pride
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down
Like a fool, I fell in love with you
You turned my whole world upside down
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind

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