Make your own free website on Tripod.com

The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

Home
Behold The Joyful
Incredible String Band
The Incredible String Band
The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Wee Tam & The Big Huge
Changing Horses
I Looked Up
Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending
U
Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air

1967

"Oh seekers of spring how could you not find contentment
In a time of riddling reasons in this land of the blind"
-The Mad Hatter's Song(Robin Williamson)

The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion 1967

The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion is the second LP by The Incredible String Band, released in 1967. Since recording their debut album the previous year, the band had been reduced to two following the departure of Clive Palmer. The remaining members, Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, produced The 5000 Spirits in a similarly whimsical vein, employing lyrical references to talking clouds and a magic Christmas tree, amongst other things.

The album's lyrics, and the band's various Indian instruments and the striking cover art, lead to it being placed as a psychedelic work. The music itself, however, draws more widely on traditional British folk music.

Rowan Williams chose the album's "The Hedgehog's Song" for his 2002 appearance on Desert Island Discs. [1]

this funny little hedgehog

  The Hedgehog's Song
(Mike Heron)

I'm not the kind to complain
That I never had a girl to love.
Many a fine girl I tried hard to know,
But I think I never tried enough.

Sitting one day by myself,
And I'm thinking, "What could be wrong?"
When this funny little Hedgehog comes running up to me,
And it starts up to sing me this song.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

Every day when the sun go down,
And the evening is so very still,
Many a fine girl I've held in my arms,
And I hope there's many more that I will,
But just when everything is going fine,
And absolutely nothing is wrong,
This funny little Hedgehog's always around
And every time he wants to sing me this song.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

One day when the moon was full I thought I might settle down,
Found myself a pretty little girl,
And I stopped all my running around;
But just when the preacher come along,
And he's just gonna pop on the ring,
This funny little Hedgehog comes
running down the aisle,
And I don't have to tell you what he did sing.

Oh, you know all the words, and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

I'm not the kind to complain
That I never had a girl to love;

Many fine girls I've tried hard to know,
But I think I never tried enough.
But now I'll be looking all my days,
And it isn't just me I got to please,
There's this funny little Hedgehog
Who's always around,
And the only words he ever sings to me are these.
Oh, you know all the words and you sung all the notes,
But you never quite learned the song, she sang.
I can tell by the sadness in your eyes,
That you never quite learned the song.

The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (back)

  1. "Chinese White" (Mike Heron) – 3:40
  2. "No Sleep Blues" (Robin Williamson) – 3:53
  3. "Painting Box" (Heron) – 4:04
  4. "The Mad Hatter's Song" (Williamson) – 5:40
  5. "Little Cloud" (Heron) – 4:05
  6. "The Eyes of Fate" (Williamson) – 4:02
  7. "Blues for the Muse" (Williamson) – 2:49
  8. "The Hedgehog's Song" (Heron) – 3:30
  9. "First Girl I Loved" (Williamson) – 4:55
  10. "You Know What You Could Be" (Heron) – 2:46
  11. "My Name Is Death" (Williamson) – 2:46
  12. "Gently Tender" (Heron) – 4:49
  13. "Way Back in the 1960s" (Williamson) – 3:11

he wants to sing me this song.

The Mad Hatter

January 27 1832 - January 14 1898

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

el wool suite website is
2006/2007/2008/2009
albionchronicles
all rights reserved