Stoned Soul Picnic" is a 1968 song by Laura Nyro. The best-known version of the song was recorded by The 5th Dimension, and was the first single released from their album of the same title. It was the most successful single from that album, reaching #3 on the U.S. Pop chart and #2 on the [1 ] Billboard R&B chart. It became a platinum record.
The song was also recorded by its composer, Nyro, and released on her
album in the same year and an Eli and the Thirteenth Confession instrumental version was recorded by jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers.
surry, used frequently in the lyric (e.g. "Surry down to a stoned soul picnic"), is a neologism by Nyro; its meaning is unclear. The verb surry is spelled differently from the noun surrey (an old-time carriage). When asked by producer Charlie Calello what the word meant, Nyro told him, "Oh, it's just a nice word." One possible meaning is that surry is a shortening of "let's hurry." [2 ]
Crystal Waters sampled the song on her single "Ghetto Day" from her 1994 album . The British pop group Storyteller Swing Out Sister recorded a cover version on their 1997 album, . It was covered by Shapes and Patterns Julie London on her 1969 album ; and by the Yummy, Yummy, Yummy New York Voices on their 2007 album A Day Like This. It also appeared on the 2004 album , recorded by Don't Talk British jazz singer Claire Teal. Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule covered it as a single in 2001.
References [ edit ]
^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 222.
^ Kort, Michele (2003). Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-312-30318-1.