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"The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)"
The Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac single - cover art).jpg
UK single sleeve, featuring (L–R): Kirwan, Green, Fleetwood, Spencer, McVie
Single by Fleetwood Mac
B-side"World in Harmony"
Released15 May 1970
Format7-inch single
RecordedHollywood, April 1970
LabelReprise (RS27007)
Songwriter(s)Peter Green
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"The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" is a song written by Peter Green and recorded by Fleetwood Mac. It was released as a single in the UK in May 1970 and reached No. 10 on the British charts, a position it occupied for four consecutive weeks.


The song was written during Green's final months with the band, at a time when he was struggling with LSD and had withdrawn from other members of the band. While there are several theories about the meaning of the title "Green Manalishi", Green has always maintained that the song is about money, as represented by the devil.[1] Green was reportedly angered by the other band members' refusal to share their financial gains.[2]

Green has explained that he wrote the song after experiencing a drug-induced dream in which he was visited by a green dog which barked at him. He understood that the dog represented money. "It scared me because I knew the dog had been dead a long time. It was a stray and I was looking after it. But I was dead and had to fight to get back into my body, which I eventually did. When I woke up, the room was really black and I found myself writing the song."[1] He also said that he wrote the lyrics the following day, in Richmond Park. Supposedly, he was unable to record Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail" following the incident, having conflated Johnson's hellhound with the green dog-demon of his dream.[citation needed] This is supported by his discography, in which Green's sole post-Manalishi cover of "Hellhound" was sung by bandmate Nigel Watson.

Producer Martin Birch recalled that Green was initially frustrated that he could not get the sound he wanted, but Danny Kirwan reassured him that they would stay in the studio all night until the band got it right.[3] Green said later that although the session left him exhausted, "Green Manalishi" was still one of his best musical memories. "Lots of drums, bass guitars ... Danny Kirwan and me playing those shrieking guitars together ... I thought it would make Number One."[1]

The B-side of the single was an instrumental written by Green and Danny Kirwan, titled "World In Harmony". The two tracks were recorded at the same session in Warner/Reprise Studios, in Hollywood, California. The only track bearing a Kirwan/Green writing credit, the two had plans to collaborate further on a guitar-driven album, but the project never materialised.[1]

Live versions[edit]

A 13-minute live version of "The Green Manalishi" was recorded in February 1970, prior to the single's release in May, but it remained unreleased until 1998 when it was issued on the Live in Boston: Remastered three-CD boxed set.

The song was played live by subsequent versions of Fleetwood Mac with Bob Welch and then Lindsey Buckingham singing the vocal and taking on the song's guitar parts.

Band members[edit]

Though he appeared in the photo on the single cover sleeve, Jeremy Spencer is thought not to have been present at the recording sessions, though he was present when Green was recording the eerie howling noises heard at the end of the song, according to an interview with Spencer on the BBC Peter Green documentary DVD, "Man of the World".

Judas Priest version[edit]

"The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)"
Song by Judas Priest
from the album Hell Bent for Leather
ReleasedMarch 1979
StudioUtopia, Basing Street, and CBS in London
GenreHeavy metal
Songwriter(s)Peter Green
Producer(s)James Guthrie, Judas Priest

Heavy metal band Judas Priest covered the song on their 1979 album Hell Bent for Leather (the American version of Killing Machine). The first worldwide release was on the band's live album, Unleashed in the East, released later that year. A re-recording of the song was also added as a bonus track on the German/Australian version of the album Demolition in 2001. The band performed it on Live Aid at JFK Stadium, Pennsylvania in 1985. This version features a dual guitar solo played by Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing.

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by various other artists and bands:


  1. ^ a b c d Celmins, Martin. Peter Green: Founder of Fleetwood Mac. Castle. ISBN 1-898141-13-4.
  2. ^ Martin and Lisa Adelson, Peter Green Archived 5 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Penguin: Everything that is Fleetwood Mac.
  3. ^ The Vaudeville Years (CD booklet notes). Fleetwood Mac. Receiver Records. 1998.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Mantas - Deceiver - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)