"the autumn stone" as written by and Steve Marriott....
i was nowhere,
till you changed my mind,
love is sent through being good to you.

then you were somewhere,
somewhere hard to find,
only what you always were,its true.

i'm looking for an open door,
where i can sit,and play in peace with you.

tomorrow changes
fields of green today,
yesterday is dead,but not my memory,

we were strangers,
and then you came to stay,
the sweetest spring dawn morning sings to me.

so now i've found a living sound,
that moves,that breathes and then makes love to me.


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    General CommentHow can there be no comments on one of the greatest and least known love songs ever written??

    Unfortunately I'm terrible at interpreting things like poetry, and this is a very poetic song I think, it's very beautiful; "tomorrow changes, fields of green today," "the sweetest spring dawn morning sings to me." ...with music to match. This will be one of favourites forever.
    stemannon September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have listened this song today about twenty times repeatedly, and I want to hear it again and again. It's so wonderful (both the music and the lyrics) that it made me cry...
    gbeatleon April 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is a very special song for me, reminds me of my first love (in the cover by Gene which I had as a b-side) so I've spent a LOT of time listening to it.

    It's a love song, but a slightly bittersweet one (the bits about 'you came to stay' and 'open door' resonated as it was a long distance relationship - he did come to stay, and vice versa) but the bits about 'tomorrow changes' are a reminder that it doesn't or didn't last, and the parts about open door almost seem nostalgic and wanting to return to that previous love 'yesterday is dead,but not my memory' and 'then you were somewhere, somewhere hard to find' which literally or metaphorically suggests that they grew apart, or were literally apart - hence why I connected with this song I guess.

    It's quite odd in a way, parts are written as an 'in love' song and others seem to be written afterwards looking back, which is quite unusual and why I probably love it, that mix of nostalgic, bittersweet, knowing it doesn't last but loving the moment it does.
    fingertroubleon February 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite love song - beautiful words and stunningly sympathetic accompanyment; how they managed to put this together amazes me, but what really makes the song is Steve's incredibly emotional vocal. This was really the last of him as he was; soon after he left the SF and began the cocaine addiction which blunted his emotions and his judgement in singing and writing. I guess all emotional people are vulnerable, which makes them susceptible to drink and drugs.
    puregoldon May 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOne of my all time favourite songs j just love it more and more also reminds me of my old friend Mike o Sullivan I was his best man on August 14th 1991 he lived with Steve Marriott Ronnie lane and Ian mclagen when they all lived at 22 Westmorland terrace Pimlico London sw1 yesterday may be gone but thanks for the memory
    Ppscon July 05, 2016   Link

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