Monday, April 02, 2018

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars - 2017

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (an ironic title if ever there was one)

Much to my amazement this played in theaters here in Bangkok. An enjoyable documentary with some wonderful clips and an honest narration from Clapton himself. Here is the gist of it.

I was born to a small family
In a small house, in a small town
Down south in England Way
Oh my mother and my father they loved me
The way it is meant to be.

Then I found out my sister was my mother
And she went away, yes she did.
Oh I am down and out in Surrey
Feeling lost and lonely
Because my sister was my mother and she went far away

So I turned to the Blues, yes I did
That I heard on the radio
Voices full of sadness and sorrow
And guitars that sang sweet and low
I turned to the blues to take my pain away

Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy and B.B. King
They played the Blues for me
Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker
Yes they took my pain and sadness away
I bought a guitar and learned how to play

The Roosters, The Yardbirds and the Bluesbreakers
But I never stayed too long
Cream, Blind Faith and Layla
But no matter what it always felt wrong
I learned very early in life never to stay too long

They thought I was God, but I was no God
I just wanted to play the Blues and stop the pain
Thought I could live the Blues too
I slept with my best friend’s wife and got high on heroin and booze
Because I was a Blues player and I had nothing to lose

But all the Blues, girls, dope and fame
Will never stop the pain of a mother
Barely knowing your name
My sister was my mother
And she stayed far far away

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