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Anyone for Tennis? (The Savage Seven Theme) -- Cream

Guest poem submitted by Manu Varma :
(Poem #867) Anyone for Tennis? (The Savage Seven Theme)
 Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears
 An auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
 And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice
 Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

 And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
 While the beggars stain the pavements with flourescent Christmas cheer
 And the Bentley-driving guru is putting up his price.
 Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

 And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope
 With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind kaleidoscopes
 And you can tell they're all the same underneath the pretty lies.
 Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

 The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo
 You can bring a bowl of rice and then a glass of water too
 And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
 Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?
-- Cream
 Lyrics and music by Martin Sharp and Eric Clapton.
 Originally performed by Cream, May 1968.

I am no expert on poetry, but when thinking of surreal stuff this song by
Cream instantly comes to mind. The obvious message in the song seems to be -
enjoy yourself for the moment and the problems of life be damned :-)

The music of this song is very soft and mellow. Along with the lyrics, the
whole invokes a state of warmth and happiness in me. Like being in a lively,
rather noisy crowd and yet experiencing extreme peace in one's mind. Reminds
me of summer afternoons that melted, drifted softly without even a whimper
into evenings and nights of liveliness...


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Kevin Eddy said...

Does anyone know if the name refers to the 1968 movie, "The Savage Seven"?

Kevin Eddy, rla, asla
Westland Resources, Inc.

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