"Some Velvet Morning" as written by and Lee Hazlewood....

Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight
I'm gonna open up your gate
And maybe tell you 'bout Phaedra
And how she gave me life
And how she made it end
Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight


Flowers growing on a hill, dragonflies and daffodils
Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch
Phaedra is my name


Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight
I'm gonna open up your gate
And maybe tell you 'bout Phaedra
And how she gave me life
And how she made it end
Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight


Flowers are the things we know, secrets are the things we grow
Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch
Phaedra is my name

Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight
Flowers growing on a hill
I'm gonna open up your gate
dragonflies and daffodils
And maybe tell you 'bout Phaedra
Learn from us very much
And how she gave me life
look at us but do not touch
FADE
And how she made it end


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"Some Velvet Morning" as written by Lee Hazlewood

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    General CommentGreat song ! I discovered it when Primal Scream made their splendid, strangely androgynous cover.
    I do love Lee's voice, which is bound to kill this girl's virginity... "When I'm straight / I'm gonna open up your gate" So much masculine appetite in his Texas' voice !
    And Nancy, just like a little girl...
    Does anybody know Serge Gainsbourg ?
    The Dog That Ate...on July 14, 2006   Link
  • +2
    TranslationOne can enter the gate(Eden's Gate)when one is "straight"meaning singularity of consciousness. Esoterically, Hazelwood is talking about the opening of the third eye or the opening of higher-self. Phaedra is the illusionary world of matter representing the female principle. Adam or Mankind(Man and Woman)in order to return to life must not "touch" or be conditioned to the illusion of the material world.
    "Look at us, but do not touch, Phaedra is my name. This means eating of the tree of good and evil. It is a trap because we are caught in the conflict of duality.
    martenlandon August 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment(still do)i used to lay awake at night and listen to art bell on am radio when i was a kid. i heard this song and it stuck in my head. for years it continued to creep in to my thoughts.i never knew who did it or where i could find it. yay!
    hobo-lifestyleon April 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy Dying Bride covered this song...I strongly suspected it was a cover, I never heard the origional, but the cover had some sense of the old west somehow...Lee is from Texas, which explains that then :)

    does anyone know what Phaedra means?
    Wyndrakeon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPhaerda: In Greek Mythology, the daughter of Pasiphaë and wife of Theseus who killed herself after accusing her stepson Hippolytus of rape.
    Primal Scream does an awesome version of this.
    unspeakablemeon June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was given to me on a mix CD and I adore this song. It reminds me of the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed's voice, but better! I'm checking out more Hazlewood.
    sabertoothedblisson April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHee Hee This song reminds me of ES4: Oblivion. I love it!
    Jacki_Diceon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNancy Sinatra sings the Phaedra part in the original. Slowdive also do a great cover of this song. Hats off to primal scream for turning the song on its head.
    senorhugheson June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is also sung by Lydia Lunch and Rowland S. Howard (or Nick Cave???), and it's quite amazing!
    elmedioon July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Give a ilsten to Hands Up Baby by Camera Obscura - same compelling duet sound with an intriguing story to tell ala 60s!!
    snowprincess0703on February 09, 2007   Link

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