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It was written by the band's frontman, Les Emmersonand popularized the relatively unknown band, who recorded it for their true first album, Good-byes and Butterfliesin Re-released in as the A-side, "s" reached No. Billboard ranked it as the No. It became a gold record.Signs - The Five Man Electrical Band 1971
Some radio edits have omitted the instrumental introduction and shortened the instrumental coda for airplay, due to time constraints. The song was written by Les Emmerson when he was road-tripping on Route 66 in California, and noticed the beautiful scenery was obscured by many billboards. The song's narrator describes four instances of encountering s that anger or concern him, as follows:. A studio version recorded inwhich appeared on the EP A Peace of Timeusing the original lyrics.
ApologetiX recorded a parody of the song titled "Lions", telling a Biblical story of a character named Daniel in a lion's den. The Evolution Control Committee used only part of the song's opening line "the said long haired freaky people" on the track "Freaky People" from their album All Rights Reserved. ISSN Australian Chart Book St IvesN. ISBN Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 March Archived from the original on 7 June Retrieved 28 December Retrieved 3 June Music Outfitters.
Retrieved 29 March Archived from the original on 6 October Joel Whitburn Presents Rock Tracks Record Research. Retrieved 27 September Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 8 August London: Guinness World Records Limited. Five Man Electrical Band. Murray Davison. Good-byes and Butterflies Coming of Age. Real to Reel Real to Reel, Vol. A Peace of Time.
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