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Green Manalishi

06 Feb 08 - 01:28 PM (#2255114)
Subject: Greemn Manalishi
From: GUEST,woodsie

The title of peter Green's final sigle with the band that he created. Anybody know what "manalishi" is?


06 Feb 08 - 01:36 PM (#2255126)
Subject: RE: Greemn Manalishi
From: The Villan

From Wiki

"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 #10 on the British charts. The song was written during Green's final months with the band, at a time when he was struggling with LSD and had grown withdrawn from other members of the band. "Faced with the band's refusal to give away all monetary gains, Peter Green decided to leave Fleetwood Mac, but not before writing the haunting 'Green Manalishi,' which seems to document his struggle to stop his descent into madness."[1] While there are several rumours about the meaning of the title "Green Manalishi", one referencing a mysterious LSD drug called the "Green Manalishi" associated with the drug scene of the 1970s, Green has always maintained that the song is about money, as represented by the devil.

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." He also said that he wrote the lyrics the following day, in Richmond Park.


06 Feb 08 - 02:30 PM (#2255182)
Subject: RE: Greemn Manalishi
From: alanabit

Thanks for that Les. It has long been one of my favourite ever Fleetwood Mac songs. It's a dark, brooding masterpiece with stunning musicianship. Can you imagine a band trying to record something like that without a click track nowadays? It is even more poignant when you bear in mind that it was the end of Peter Green's most potent period as an artist. I don't think either he or the band ever scaled those sort of artistic heights again.


06 Feb 08 - 03:19 PM (#2255251)
Subject: RE: Greemn Manalishi
From: The Villan

I saw Peter Green on his first gig with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers when Eric Clapton left them.
He was superb.
I, like you Alanabit, like this song.
It's very sad what happened to him.


06 Feb 08 - 03:23 PM (#2255256)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Wesley S

I wish I'd been there.

Mayalls newest lead guitar player Buddy lives here in town. I'll be seeing him over the weekend. I'll ask if he has any Peter Green stories.


06 Feb 08 - 04:47 PM (#2255316)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: NormanD

I saw Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, as they were then called, at a small club in 1969. "Albatross" was a big hit single and they were fulfilling their pre-hit gig obligations, so still playing places like the Norwich Engineers' Club.

A wonderful blues band, Peter Green was one of the finest guitarists, far better (in my estimation) than Clapton, and a very soulful singer too. The main thing I remember about this gig was that Greenie played the entire set wearing a gorilla's head to disguise himself. I had my doubts, then, about how he felt about being in the public spotlight.

norman


06 Feb 08 - 05:15 PM (#2255336)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: RTim

This is one of only a very few 45 rpm singles I still have, with its original sleeve!!
Is it worth anything?

Tim Radford


06 Feb 08 - 05:22 PM (#2255342)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: The Villan

I would have thought so if its in excellent nick


07 Feb 08 - 05:00 AM (#2255732)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: GUEST,woodsie

Yes, but what IS a manalishi? I've been told that it is one of the names that Hindu indians give to their equivalant of the prince of darkness and more usually termed Black Manalishi!


07 Feb 08 - 06:05 AM (#2255763)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: The Villan

You are probably correct Woodsie. Green certainly meant money and I suppose the manalishi was the devil (possibly of darkness).

As I understand it about the devil of darkness and money. Peter Green couldn't handle having all this money and I think wanted to get back to "normality" without loads of money. His dream indicated that.

Although "Green Manalishi" is an LSD drug (or something like that), from what I can see it had no relevance to this song.

Green Manalishi - Fleetwood Mac live


08 Jan 10 - 10:08 AM (#2806607)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: GUEST,ben

Still no real answer on this? WHAT THE HELL IS A MANALISHI??? Nobody knows? What is the ORIGINAL MEANING? Was it some kind of mythological creature or what? Peter green didn't just make up the word, did he? Where did he get it from? I played a video game where there was a Green Manalishi that was a weird little creature that kept stealing stuff. I dunno.


08 Jan 10 - 10:24 AM (#2806612)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: RTim

manalishi           

Someone who has loads of greens( 20 or 100 dollar bills in his thick wallet) and keeps flashing them at every opportunity. An attention whore who uses dollar bills to attract females and faggots. Ref: green manalishi from fleetwood mac and judas priest song.


08 Jan 10 - 10:33 AM (#2806617)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Brian Peters

My old rock band used to do a cover of this, though our drummer couldn't quite get Mick F's fantastic tom-tom work on the original. Our singer was occasionally known to sing "You're the green marijuana with the two-pronged joint", but then he was prone to making up words off the cuff.

On one occassion, doing a cover of Steeleye's 'King Henry' (yes, I know, an odd choice for what was basically a blues band) he forgot the lyric and replaced "In there came a grisly ghost, stamping on the floor" with "In there came a thingy thing, wanking on the stairs". So began my love affair with Child Ballads.


08 Jan 10 - 10:36 AM (#2806622)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Goose Gander

I recall Judas Priest used to do a heavy metal version of this one.


08 Jan 10 - 12:36 PM (#2806705)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Phil Edwards

GG - I do so wish you were following up to the previous comment... (I'll never be able to hear KH with a straight face now.)


08 Jan 10 - 12:36 PM (#2806706)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Matt Seattle

Saw them twice (or was it once but felt like twice?) in my youth, Albatross line-up, just as they were getting known, my head rang for days, confess I was so in awe of PG I asked to shake his hand. They had the juice - no! - the juice had them.

What am I doing now? Border pipe tunes and Border ballads. You have to find the juice.

I expect PG did make up the word.


09 Jan 10 - 01:29 AM (#2807255)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: GUEST,999--from the Urban Dictionary

manalishi:   someone who has loads of greens( 20 or 100 dollar bills in his thick wallet) and keeps flashing them at every opportunity. An attention whore who uses dollar bills to attract females and faggots. Ref: green manalishi from fleetwood mac and judas priest song.
That brown eyed sick fuck driving that merc is a manalishi.


09 Jan 10 - 02:00 AM (#2807265)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Smedley

Why are people so convinced Peter Green didn't just make up the word ? Writers have been known to invent words (ever read Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky'??). And Green was so out of his tree on LSD he was making up pretty much everything, let alone words.


09 Jan 10 - 03:17 AM (#2807282)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Anglo

There were green manalishi and long necked geese...

(Oops, wrong thread, sorry, I'll get my coat.)


12 Sep 11 - 10:05 PM (#3222274)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: GUEST

manalishi

comes out of hinduism, and indian religious

it's the far east version of the almighty

prince of darkness.


15 Mar 16 - 03:47 PM (#3779070)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: keberoxu

I could never shake off the suspicion that Manalishi was a sly way of hinting at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, remember him? A lot of money went HIS way, that's for sure. But by changing the word ever so slightly, you could say, Oh, no, it's not about HIM, and thus avoid being sued for libel.


16 Mar 16 - 08:27 AM (#3779173)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: Jack Campin

You can count on David Icke (well, ok, people on his forum) having something to say. Not very much, but the obvious link was that the Green Manalishi was something to do with the Lizard People.

Google tells me that Green himself shared something (a weird conspiratorial article about Australian politics) on Icke's Facebook page in 2013.

I hadn't noticed this song before. The text is trite or gibberish but the music is coherent and original.


09 Oct 16 - 05:04 PM (#3813662)
Subject: RE: Green Manalishi
From: GUEST,keberoxu

One of the things reported, in retrospect, about Green Manalishi is that when Peter Green set it to music, he knew exactly what he wanted to hear from the band; not in a position to write things down, he schooled the other players on what they were to play. Mick Fleetwood -- who has said of Peter Green musically speaking, "Oh! He'd come over and hit me! 'It ain't ***** swingin'! You ain't puttin' it where it should be!" -- was already used to this kind of thing. Not so much John McVie.

Peter Green told Mojo Magazine about telling McVie what his bass line was on Green Manalishi:
"I taught them [the band] it. I taught them their lines. I said, 'It goes like this.' Which was hard for John, because he's a tough customer to please, because he's played with Eric Clapton."

Mojo Magazine, in turn, queried Mick Fleetwood: "The Green Manalishi? ...no clue that something was really badly wrong?"

Fleetwood: Not really. We were just making music. Now I do. My God, yes! And it makes me shiver.