"White Room" as written by and Jack/brown Bruce....
In the white room with black curtains near the station
Blackroof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings
Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes
Dawnlight smiles on you leaving, my contentment
I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines

Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves
You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning
I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back

Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves
At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings
I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd;

Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves


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"White Room" as written by Jack/brown Bruce

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  • +3
    My OpinionBeautiful song. Sad but upbeat and emphatic.
    Lyrics are simple "Beat" poetry. Lost love is all. No drugs, no Nam, no nothing.
    Everything is bleak. What isn't bleak around train stations? Or lost love?
    Silver horses are tears.
    Tired starlings are the parting lovers.
    Yellow tigers is just her unspoken look of her recall and acknowledgement of their parting. Perhaps sympathy combined with an admonishment, "get over it. I have."
    Of course the erstwhile Lothario cannot get over it and continues to obsess. Otherwise there'd be no story here, folks.
    Lost love. It's a classic theme like Longfellow's "Evangeline".
    RulleMarieon May 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of people think this song is about Vietnam -
    White room - white house and other little metaphors within the song, not to mention it was right in that time period, but i read that Jack Bruce and Pete Brown wrote this song about Brown's flat and it's surroundings and a longing for this girl. If you look at the descriptive words you'll notice that when talking about the outside world and everything in it, they use very flat descriptive words. But when they refers to the girl they use really good imagery and she seems to be the light in the poorly light white room. CLAPTON IS GOD!
    anakin821on July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOkay, the above comment may be right, but I will share my opinion. This song is, indeed, about Vietman. I think it is about a young man leaving on a train, to go off to Vietnam for his 18 month session. He walked into a sad time at the (train) station, beacuse all the recruits were leaving their loved ones. Then, as he arrives in Vietnam, he waits 'in this place where the sun never shines', meaning, nothing good to live for with all the killing. He waits in this place 'where the shadows run from themselves'. Also, the tiger/jungle lyrics would pretty much describe 'nam.
    Hi5Infernoon July 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis was one of my favorite tunes of the year 1968. I saw Cream open their performance in Baltimore with White Room two days before Nixon was elected president in that crazy and fateful year.

    Like many of the songs of that era it is full of impressionistic phrases and imagery that leave a lot to the individual listeners' imagination.

    My own take was that the song was about alienation and depression and the way one's mind can shift from ecstatic epiphanies to cringing paranoia in the space of seconds.
    OlSloaneron February 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthowever true the other comments may be the fact is they are incorrect. "in the white room, with black curtians near the station".... well station as in train station. what that means is like when you shoot cocaine you hear this ringing like laying down train tracks, at the station.. this is what it is about, it isn't about vietnam or a longing about a girl. this is without a doubt what the song white room is.
    zps2on August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAcording to a press realise, Cream was in a white room, on a drug high, and wrote the song... but then again with the storys of cream and who wrote what and what happend between baker and bruce, do we know what actually happend and what this or almost any song of cream really is about? and isnt what this song is to us not what they wrote it on?
    Ironman648on September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure that's entirely true scooter44.

    I heard this song was about coke, but it may well be about something else.
    Ar3son April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, my dad had told me that this is about Clapton's cocaine addiction, and when he checked into a rehab clinic for it. The white room being the padded (or white) walls they put you in, to help you from hurting yourself, since you'd do anything to get cocaine. Also, the shadows running from themselves could be the cocaine addiction going away.
    RamFan2803on April 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentok ramfan sorry to burst you bubble but white room is definately not about clapton checking into rehab etc.... clapton was not even near confronting his problems until way after cream, however the part about the song being written about cocaine... all i can say is possibly... who knows but definately not about the rehab/padded walls thing
    fixxxer363on May 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about getting high. Cocain or what not..It says, "she was kindness in the dark crowd...consolation from the old wound now forgoten." I think it's about him getting stoned or drunk and forgetting all his problems, "she" being his happy drug. but that's just a part of the song. but i really have no clue what it's about, it's just a guess
    mbaldwinon June 17, 2003   Link

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