Wrapping Paper

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"Wrapping Paper"
Wrapping Paper Cream 1967 Polydor 45.jpg
October, 1966, Polydor, NH 59726, Sweden 45 picture sleeve
Single by Cream
B-side "Cat's Squirrel"
Released October 1966[1]
Format 7" Single
Recorded August 1966 at Chalk Farm[2]
Genre Rhythm and blues, jazz
Length 2:25
Label Reaction Records 591 007[1]
Songwriter(s) Jack Bruce, Pete Brown
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood
Cream singles chronology
"Wrapping Paper"
"I Feel Free"

"Wrapping Paper"
(October 1966)
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)

"Wrapping Paper" is a song with music composed by Jack Bruce and lyrics by Pete Brown,[3] performed by Cream and originally released as a single in 1966 with "Cat's Squirrel" as the B side.


In contrast with the hard blues of other early Cream songs such as "N.S.U." and the psychedelic pop-style of "I Feel Free," it has a distinctive slow-jazz style. The song reflects the band's iconoclastic persona and refusal to fit into accepted and orthodox musical styles and categories.

The 45 single released on Reaction Records reached #34 on the British pop singles chart in 1966, the first Top 40 hit for the band.

The recording is featured on The Very Best of Cream.

Lyrical meaning[edit]

The lyrics to "Wrapping Paper" talk about a man who lost his love and finds himself constantly looking at a picture of himself and his love and keeps wishing to go back "to the house on the shore." The song's lyrics share common similarities with the songs "Dreaming" and "The Coffee Song".



Year Single Position
UK Top 40
"Wrapping Paper"/
"Cat's Squirrel"


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The great rock discography. The National Academies. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0. 
  2. ^ Clapton: the Autobiography by Eric Clapton
  3. ^ "Lyrics - Fresh Cream". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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