Love – The Red Telephone – a song about the claustrophobia of society and freedom.

Love – The Red Telephone – a song about the claustrophobia of society and freedom.

Love came straight out of LA in the sixties. They were unlike their name being more of a Punk Band than a soft lovey sound. They were feisty and full of angst.

Da Capo and Love were brilliant but Forever Changes brought it all together. This was a time of rebellion and reassessment. America and Britain were split. The establishment had the power but youth felt that they had the moral high ground. We were changing the world. There was a revolution.

People were speaking up and fighting for their values, for liberalism, equality and freedom. These were the days of civil rights, anti-war and a new global fellowship.

The establishment did not like it and fought back. There was violence, protest and anger.

The young saw the older generation as lifeless. It was a society that was moribund. We wanted life. We wanted excitement, fun and real purpose. We despised the hypocrisy.

The Red Telephone

Sitting on a hillside
Watching all the people die
I’ll feel much better on the other side
I’ll thumb a ride

I believe in magic
Why because it is so quick
I don’t need power when I’m hypnotized
Look in my eyes
What are you seeing (I see)
How do you feel?
I feel real phony when my name is Phil
Or was that Bill?

Life goes on here
Day after day
I don’t know if I’m living or if I’m supposed to be
Sometimes my life is so eerie
And if you think I’m happy paint me (white) (yellow)

I’ve been here once
I’ve been here twice
I don’t know if the third’s the fourth or if the
The fifth’s to fix
Sometimes I deal with numbers
And if you wanna count me
Count me out

I don’t need the times of day
Anytime with me’s okay
I just don’t want you using up my time
‘Cause that’s not right

They’re locking them up today
They’re throwing away the key
I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow, you or me?

They’re locking them up today
They’re throwing away the key
I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow, you or me?

They’re locking them up today
They’re throwing away the key
I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow, you or me?

We’re all normal and we want our freedom
Freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, I want my freedom

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