"Hurdy Gurdy Man" as written by and Donovan Leitch....
Thrown like a star in my vast sleep
I opened my eyes to take a peek
To find that I was by the sea
Gazing with tranquility

'Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love

"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang

Histories of ages past
Unenlightened shadows cast
Down through all eternity
The crying of humanity

'Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Comes singing songs of love
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Comes singing songs of love

"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurd
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang

"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
Here comes the Roly Poly Man
He's singing songs of love
"Roly poly, roly poly, holy poly poly" he sang
"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
"Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang


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"Hurdy Gurdy Man" as written by Donovan Leitch

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  • +2
    General CommentI think that in the first verse, Donovan is dreaming of the way he wishes the world and humans were. Peaceful. Tranquil. In the second verse, I think he's saying what they reall are.

    Histories of ages past
    Unenlightened shadows cast
    Down through all eternity
    The crying of humanity

    I think he's saying here that throughout history, mankind hasn't changed. 500 years ago we fought wars and now 500 years later, we still fight. The shadow of previous eras cast on us. We are no different than the way people were a 500 yrs ago.

    Since this song emerged during the, peace, love, and war era. I think the hurdy gury man is the hippies. Preaching that love is the answer and not war. Idk. Maybe not though. Great song otherwise.
    flipFLOPpitajon August 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta little trivia......Jimmy Page plays the guitar riff on hurdy gurdy man
    nyseon November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"What does this song mean to you?"
    I agree with besame's post (good Beatles song btw) about it being "creepy in a pretty, happy way" but I also agree that I have no idea what it was supposed to mean. On a side note, however, the song is on the soundtrack for the movie Spun (2002) and is played during a scene when the two main characters are confessing their undying love for what they value the most, her son and his girlfriend. Ironically, they are also subliminally declaring their love for meth (the subject of the film)...
    jimi1337on January 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjimmy page and john paul jones both played on this song
    zeppelin123on May 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationDude, there is no way that this song isn't about a Pschedelic trip. Kind of the same thing with The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows. LSD a hell of a drug.
    Gingerkid923on August 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me happy.. it's so - weird. haha i don't know. i'm not really sure what it's about except that its creepy in a pretty, happy way.
    besame-muchoon May 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta little trivia......Jimmy Page plays the guitar riff on hurdy gurdy man
    nyseon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta hurdy gurdy is some kind of instrument.
    jtucker7on April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjimmy page and john paul jones both played on this song
    zeppelin123on May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjimmy page and john paul jones both played on this song
    zeppelin123on May 19, 2006   Link

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