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GUEST,Leroy Carter Ashley 18 Nov 02 - 02:00 AM
GUEST 18 Nov 02 - 04:08 AM
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Bullfrog Jones 18 Nov 02 - 04:11 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Nov 22 - 06:54 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 22 Nov 22 - 05:22 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: magic carpet ride (i'd be impressed)
From: GUEST,Leroy Carter Ashley
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 02:00 AM

I am requesting—but would be thoroughly impressed by a correct response—the original lyrics of the poem that Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride was derived from.

I appreciate any and all responses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: magic carpet ride (i'd be impressed)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 04:08 AM

http://www.steppenwolf.com/lyr/magcca.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: magic carpet ride (i'd be impressed)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 04:10 AM

http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/bulletin_board/7/messages/522.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: magic carpet ride (i'd be impressed)
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 04:11 AM

Song lyrics here ---- no reference to a poem, though.

BJ


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAGIC CARPET RIDE (Steppenwolf)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 22 - 06:54 PM

MAGIC CARPET RIDE
Written by John Kay & Rushton Moreve
As recorded by Steppenwolf on “The Second,” 1968.

I like to dream, yes, yes
Right between the sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near
To the stars away from here

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me, little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free

Close your eyes, girl
Look inside, girl
Let the sound take you away

Last night I hold Aladdin's lamp
And so I wished that I could stay
Before the thing could answer me
Well, someone came and took the lamp away
I looked around, a lousy candle's all I found

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me, little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free

Close your eyes, girl
Look inside, girl
Let the sound take you away

You don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me, little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free

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The Wikipedia article about Magic Carpet Ride doesn’t mention any poem that preceded the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGkGNCUQtWY


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Subject: RE: ADD: Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 22 Nov 22 - 05:22 PM

3x404 on the older links.

Fantasy & fable, studio work, no poetry.

Magic Carpet Ride: The Autobiography of John Kay and Steppenwolf has a chapter on the song, the gist of which can be found here:

With royalties from Steppenwolf's first album, lead singer John Kay bought one of these sweet sound systems. When they were working on their second album, bass player Rushton Moreve came up with a groove for a new song and inserted the line "I like my job, I like my baby" as a placeholder. Kay took the demo home to work on the lyrics. In a Songfacts interview with Kay, he explained what happened next:

“I popped the cassette into the player, and out of these rather large speakers came this track. And what popped into my head was, 'I like to dream... right between the sound machine.' The 'sound machine' being that stereo system. I wrote the lyrics and melody in 20 minutes, went and overdubbed the vocal, and then we did some more work on the track with instrument overdubs and the like, and 'Magic Carpet Ride' evolved from that.


As the book & blog go on to explain, magic carpets and lamps are taken from that Western pop culture fantasy staple Arabian Nights.


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