"Badge" as written by Eric Patrick Clapton and George Harrison....
Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.

I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to mabel.

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.

Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.

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"Badge" as written by George Harrison Eric Patrick Clapton

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    General CommentGeorge Harrison played rythym guitar for this under the name "L'Angelo Misterioso", and most of the lyrics were from drunken conversations by George and Ringo.

    Too bad Harrison and Clapton didn't collaberate on more songs, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Badge were amazing.
    ClicKon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGeorge Harrison wrote this in his autobigraphy 'I Me Mine';
    "While writing the words we got to the middle part which I call the 'bridge', so I put that on the paper with the words. Eric was sitting opposite me and he looked at the paper - upside down to him - and cracked up: he said 'what's that - badge?' and I said 'it's bridge'. So later Eric called the song Badge. It's funny, now he actually sings in concert at the end of the song 'Where is my badge?'."

    He goes on to say that Ringo (drunkenly) contributed about the swans in the park.
    mandolinloseron February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAh, this song is awesome, especially when heard live. I suggest the 24 Nights version of Badge.
    This song is a great song, and it is what prompted me to start playing guitar. The live solo is spectacular, as is the man playing it. Anyways, here is what my dad told me about this song:
    It was origninally written by Eric Clapton during his days with Cream. When he was in the process of writing it, one of his band mates came up to him on the other side of the table, reading it upside down. The original title of it was 'Bridge' but what his bandmate saw from his view was 'Badge'. The name stuck. I think the song is about Eric and a female that he hasn't seen for a while driving around one night when the meet up with each other again. They talk about things that have happened since their last time together. Could it be an ex-girlfriend/wife? (I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel') During the chorus, Clapton sings "Where is my Badge?" If the original title would have been used, he would probably be singing "Where is my bridge?", and since they are driving in a car, that would make sense. Who knows, I sure don't. If you have anything to add, go ahead, this was just an educated guess.
    As the London grafitti states - "Clapton is God"
    Hi5Infernoon July 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually.... the story goes like this:
    George Harrison was writing the song with Eric Clapton, and Clapton mis-read Harrison's musical notation of "Bridge" as "BADGE" and thought that was the title of the song.
    A "bridge" in the musical sense is defined as:"a part of a song that seems like a departure from the verses and chorus. Bridges are more prevalent in modern and popular music than in older music from a century ago.

    Sometimes the bridge will move up a half a key and convey the song’s innermost message in an even stronger way. Sometimes the bridge will issue an ultimatum to a lover, or even tell the ‘rest of the story.’

    Listen to your favorite music. Locate the verse and the chorus. When the song departs from the verse and chorus you have identified the bridge. This departure from the song will be one or two lines long, sometimes four lines long, and almost will always rhyme, even if the verses and choruses do not rhyme."
    ramen_freakon December 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe there are only two comments on this! i freakin love this song...and i totally agree, Clapton IS God!
    TheSyndicate88on May 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a GREAT baseline. It's great when you turn it up really loud and....mmm.
    TFFMOon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBadge is about a cop who arrested his ex girlfriend.he talks to her while driving sharing memories with her and telling her things that have happened recently.- Eric Clapton is god
    theredhoodmanon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely, a man who has at least some grasp on life and reality meets up with a woman who does not, and who was part of his past.

    The line "Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel" is rather stunning. That's a Hemingway-like delivery of a LOT of backstory in a few words. Their "past" is not just months or years ago, but at least about twenty years. And while she bore him a son, she took no part in raising him, recently, anyway. The music makes you take notice of that line even if the astounding lyrics didn't.
    rikdadon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti cant describe the feeling you get the first time you listen to this song
    and you get to the beginning of the guitar solo when the music changes
    this song is slightly addicting
    does claptons cd "From the Cradle" have anything to do with the last line?
    i would guess it does
    deathcab4cootieson March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can play that little bass part at the beggining on my guitar. But anyways, it's alright of a song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 08, 2007   Link

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