Song of the Day: Cream – “Badge”

On this day in 1969, Cream began a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.K. chart with their final album Goodbye. Written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison, this song is one of the most famous off the album. There’s conflicting accounts as to where the song’s name came from; one story says Clapton misread the word “bridge” on Harrison’s notes for the song as “Badge,” thinking that was the name of the song, and it stuck. Harrison once said (via The Beatles Bible/Wikipedia) “I helped Eric write ‘Badge’ you know. Each of them had to come up with a song for that Goodbye Cream album and Eric didn’t have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part so I wrote ‘Bridge.’ Eric read it upside down and cracked up laughing– ‘What’s BADGE?’ he said. After that, Ringo [Starr] walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park.” Songfacts says the lyrics to the song aren’t supposed to make sense and some of them were taken from drunken conversations George had with Ringo. All of it seems believable, actually.

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