Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
Side 1 ends with Track 8, “Dandelion Blues”. This is a Williamson composition featuring him on lead vocal and guitar, with Mike adding backing vocals and guitar; this is what he says about it in the cover notes:
“Nothing to do with flowers and it isn’t a blues. You might think it odd but I do believe it’s easy.”
This is a superb lilting song, demonstrating wonderfully the magic that existed between these two chaps right from the word go. The chorus is clued in the notes:
“Do believe it’s easy,
Do believe it’s easy,
Do believe it’s easy don’t even have to try.”
Side 2 of the LP opens with a great plodding Heron composition called “How Happy I Am”, which as the song progresses turn out to be a slightly ironic title. It is one of only three tracks on the album to feature all three members of the group. All sing, Mike taking the lead, Mike and Clive play guitars, and Robin plays a mandolin. It has the longest notes from Mike on the back cover:
“No money, my bed’s empty, nobody speaks to me, nobody cares, my last string’s just broken, I get beaten up every second night because I don’t support a football team, can’t hear what people say about me ’cause my hair’s knitted a sock round my ear, three times in jail for indecent exposure of the knee-cap, I look in the mirror and the corners of my mouth are just about trailing over the edge of my chin, can’t see the rain for the rears in my eyes, can’t feel the cold for the pain in my heart – But you can’t deny that I’m happy.”