"N.S.U." as written by and Jack Bruce....
Driving in my car, smoking my cigar,
The only time I'm happy's when I play my guitar.

Singing in my yacht, what a lot I got,
Happiness is something that just cannot be bought.

I've been in and I'm out, I've been up and down,
I don't want to go until I've been all around.

What's it all about, anyone in doubt,
I don't want to go until I've found it all out.


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"NSU" as written by Jack Bruce

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    General CommentThe title, N.S.U. stands for non-specific urethritis, a sexually transmitted disease. The song was written by Jack Bruce, although I'm not sure why he called it that - it might be that he or Clapton or Baker had the illness so decided to write a song named after it.
    herbie29on July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite lines:

    "The only time I'm happy's when I play my guitar."

    I feel like this alot of times!
    Philadelphia Eagleson November 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlove the chessey lyrics
    robc3on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthappiness is something that just cannot be bought

    so damn catchy!
    subterranean_summeron January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso, uh, "n.s.u." means what?
    ZepHead379Oneon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about how money cant make you happy
    purplegoatson April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always heard, and have actually found sources on the webernet (one to be quoted below), that Eric had been suspected to have a VDat the time of the songs writing:

    From angelfire.com/ca/oldtimers/… :

    2) N.S.U. was a song written by Jack and had been one of the numbers the band performed on stage from the outset. In fact, Jack had written the song for the band's very first rehearsal. N.S.U. is the acronym for non-specific urethritis, a form of venereal disease Eric is rumored to have been afflicted with at the time. The lads, apparently having a bit of fun, thought it would be a good title for the song.

    Interestingly enough, there is also a myth that Eric chaged his name to "Clapton" from "Clapp."

    This, however, has its basis in fact, as the couple he believed were his parents and was raised by had the last name of "Clapp." However, they were truthfully his grandmother and stepgrandfather. He was devastated when he discovered the truth at 9 years old.

    Noene of which has to do with the song except that "Clapp" sounds like "Clap," a nickname for VD, and was the reason cited for his mythical name change.
    SocietysPlierson December 27, 2007   Link

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