"Wrapping Paper" as written by and Jack/brown Bruce....
Wrapping paper in the gutter
Moving slowly as the wind on the sea,
(Faces calling, waves moving)
In your picture on a wall of a house of old times.
(Can you hear me) Can you hear me
(Can you hear me) Wandering sadly?

In the city, feeling pretty,
Down and out and making love to you on the shore,
(Ruined buildings, faces empty)
In the picture as I gaze ahead and don't see
(That they're calling) That they're calling.
(That they're calling) Wandering sadly.

Shattered windows, stairs to nowhere.
(Hear you calling) Hear you calling
(Hear you calling) As I wander sadly.

Wish I knew what you'd done to me;
Turned me on to things I never knew.
It's all broken, weeds are growing.
Wish I was going home to the house by the shore
(Where you loved me) Where you loved me,
(Where you loved me) Loved me so sadly.

Someday I'll get back, somehow I'll do it.
I'll arrive there and you'll be there to meet me.
(Walk together, tread the weeds down)
Kiss again in the picture on the wall
(Where I loved you) In the old house.
(Where I loved you) Loved you so well.


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"Wrapping Paper" as written by Peter Constantine Brown Jack Bruce

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    General Commentthis song is so awesome, I wonder why there's no comments o.O

    PinkFloydrulezon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcannot fucking get enough of this song, man!!! I LOOOVE IT!!!!!!
    T_D_Phoenixon December 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is really cool its kind of like barbershop quartet meets the baroque pop of the late '60s Beach Boys.

    I'm thinking the wrapping paper is kind of like the paper bag floating around in American Beauty, the way it blows around wildly by the direction of the wind. That's where he is at now that the constant in his life is gone.

    The picture that reminds him of old times is the fixed contrast to the wrapping paper, since it is staying in one place and always getting him nostalgic for the past while presently he is directionless.
    Shep420on July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like all I do is think how great things used to be, and I'm currently going nowhere fast... so this song, though not particularly "sad" sounding, hits home for me. I love it. So underappreciated.
    SuperSapienon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like all I do is think how great things used to be, and I'm currently going nowhere fast... so this song, though not particularly "sad" sounding, hits home for me. I love it. So underappreciated.
    SuperSapienon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGinger Baker has said Wrapping Paper was the biggest pile of shit he'd ever heard. True.
    Flinchy17on March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can't stop hearing this song, its so amazing
    LucasMarqueson February 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA slow blues ballad, released as Cream's first single (just ahead of "I Feel Free"), fall 1966. It's true Baker frequently has stated that he hated it, but then Baker was often quite free in his disdain for Bruce and his music, and the two men infamously did not get along well, both before Cream formed and during its heyday (their mutual dislike eventually led to Cream's demise, fall 1968). Baker has also claimed that Clapton hated it as well; since I've never seen any statements from Clapton one way or the other about this song, who knows if that's true or if it's simply Baker trying to enlist Clapton in his feud with/hatred of Bruce?

    In any case, as I write (fall 2017), Jack Bruce has been dead three years and Baker, who may or may not have been sincere, posted an expression of condolence on his website at the time of Bruce's death.

    I happen to like the song. I also feel Bruce was the main driving force and creative engine of the trio, while Baker was competing with the likes of Keith Moon for most-showboating-drummer (this was before Bonzo John Bonham had become famous, or infamous, for the same thing) and Clapton was overplaying and taking longer and longer guitar solos in Cream's live performances. Yes, Bruce had his myriad faults as well, but without him Cream had no heart or soul. As for the person who said he didn't care for Baker's "Toad," I agree. You can toss in "Pressed Rat and Warthog" for good measure. Some people can do spoken lyrics/raps (Bob Dylan, the late Gil Scott Heron, and thousands of good hip hop artists, not to mention Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant"), and some people can't. At least "Wrapping Paper" wraps up in less than four minutes' time. Live in concert, "Toad" could drag on forever, eliciting Grateful-Dead-on-a-particularly-bad-night tedium.
    mbrachmanon November 11, 2017   Link

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