Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
Track 4 on Side 2 is a Mike Heron composition “Can’t Keep Me Here”, which appears as “Can’t Keep Me Here No How” in his notes on the back cover of the LP. This one is a Heron solo, in which he sings alone throughout, accompanied solely by his own guitar. It is another brilliant and immensely joyful song, and these are his notes on it:
“Lots of people sit in one little corner of their minds for the whole of their lives, and are prevented from venturing out of that corner by convention, and by the fact that it might be uncomfortable. The same applies to women – nobody forces you to stay with the same one, except perhaps your pride, which you’d be pretty well without.”
Track 5 is “Good As Gone”, which is a Williamson composition, where Robin does a solo performance featuring only him and his guitar. It is an absolutely splendid song in a stately fashion, a style which he would repeat many times in the following years. These are Mike’s notes:
“How come we don’t see Robin no more? How come he doesn’t bum cigarettes off us any more? How come we don’t see the holes in his jeans no more? How come we don’t hear the breath of his flute hanging magic on the wind, or the song of his strings in the branches of our minds, or the russet green notes of his fiddle or his laugh or his songs? How come he’s off being eaten by a lion in Africa instead of singing his breaths to us like he usually does? Well, he wrote this song and lived it.”