Label: Buddah Records - BDS 5009 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
It was the biggest hit by the s Ohio -based rock group The Lemon Pipersas well as the title track of their debut album, Green Tambourine. The song was one of the first bubblegum pop chart-toppers and became a gold record. Released toward the end ofit spent 13 weeks on the U. Billboard Hotpeaking at No. The record remained on the chart for three months.
She said:. In early Spring,while standing in front of the Brill Building I watched a man holding a tambourine begging for money. I wrote a poem about him and called the poem, 'Green Tambourine. Sometimes I wonder what happened to the man in front of the Brill Building, holding a tambourine begging for money. I remember writing the lyric, 'watch the jingle jangle start to shine, reflections of the music that is mine.
When you toss a coin you'll hear it sing. Now listen while I play my Green Tambourine' as if it were yesterday. The song tells the story of a street musician pleading for someone to give him money. In exchange he offers to play his green tambourine. The song's instrumentation contains the titular tambourine as well as an electric sitar a frequent signature of the so-called " psychedelic sound".
Another hook is the heavy, psychedelic tape echo applied to the word "play" in each chorus and at the end, fading into a drumroll "Listen while I play play play play play Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine play my green tambourine". The echo is noticeably different in the mono and stereo mixes. The mono version also starts fading out slightly earlier than in the stereo version.
While the Lemon Pipers played on the record, producer and joint author-composer Leka hired a string section to accompany the band, to add extra depth to the already psychedelic arrangement.
The single's B-side, "No Help from Me," featured lead vocal by keyboardist Bob Nave and did not appear on either of the group's two albums. Miller covered the song on her album Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. Robert Goulet covered the song for the film Recess: School's Outproviding the singing voice for the character Mikey, releasing it as a single from the Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine soundtrack of the same name.
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