SWLABR

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"SWLABR"
Single by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears
A-side "Sunshine of Your Love"
Released December 1967;[1] September 1968 (British Release)[2]
Recorded May 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City[3]
Genre Psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length 2:34
Label Reaction (UK)
Atco (US)
Polydor (EUR)
Writer(s) Pete Brown, Jack Bruce
Producer(s) Felix Pappalardi
Music sample

"SWLABR" is a song by British rock band Cream from their 1967 album Disraeli Gears and later released as the B-side to the single "Sunshine of Your Love". The lyrics were written by Pete Brown,[4] and the music was composed by Jack Bruce.

Song title and lyrical meaning[edit]

The song's title is an initialism for "She Walks Like A Bearded Rainbow",[4] although Jack Bruce once acknowledged[5] that SWLABR stood for "She WAS Like A Bearded Rainbow", instead of "WALKS". This alternative title was also referenced by Pete Brown in a 2006 interview,[6]

The song's lyrics talk of a woman who constantly comes and goes out of a relationship with the narrator ("Coming to me in the morning, leaving me at night"); it suggests that although she may appear to be perfect, she is flawed ("You've got that pure feel, such good responses, you've got that rainbow feel, but the rainbow has a beard").[citation needed]

1967 ATCO U.S. 45 single, 45-6544.

Compilation appearances[edit]

SWLABR was released on the following compilation albums by Cream:

A live version of "SWLABR" was released on BBC Sessions and the Deluxe Edition of Disraeli Gears. A four minute outtake also appeared on the Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/cream/sunshine_of_your_love___swlabr_f4/%7CRate Your Music
  2. ^ *Discography
  3. ^ Disraeli Gears Linear Notes
  4. ^ a b "Lyrics:Disraeli Gears". jackbruce.com. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ Interview with disc jockey Steven Seaweed at San Francisco radio station KRQR in the mid 1990s
  6. ^ "Cream: Disraeli Gears", Classic Albums on VH1, 3 November 2006

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