Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
This time we continue Prydwyn Piper’s notes on the penultimate track on the album, “Douglas Traherne Harding”, these notes appearing in the book “An Incredible String Band Compendium” edited by Adrian Whittaker.
As you may recall from the last ISB post, however, before the next bit of the notes can make any sense, it is necessary first to quote some of the lyrics from this song. As you might also remember, the song is a bit of a dirge, and on the whole not much fun to listen to. Exceptions to this general point include the lighter bits when the whole band joins in the vocals with some pleasant singing. Chief among these is the cadence, where the printed lyrics are these:
“You never enjoy the world aright
“Till the sea itself floweth
In your veins and you are clothed
With the heavens and crowned with the stars” ”
I have only today noticed that the last 3 lines are indeed in quotation marks.
We are now in a position to return to those notes:
“Paragraph number 29 from The First Century reads:
“You never Enjoy the World aright , till the Sea itself floweth in your Veins, till you are Clothed with the Heavens, and Crowned with the stars: and Perceive your self to be the Sole Heir of the whole World: and more then so, because Men in it who are every one Sole Heirs, as well as you. Till you can Sing and Rejoyce and Delight in GOD, as Misers do in Gold, and Kings in Scepters, you never Enjoy the World.” ”
More from these notes next ISB time.