"Clara Clairvoyant" as written by and Donovan Leitch....
Clara Clairvoyant
Consultation 10 to 4
In the shadows
Leave skepticism at the door
Oh oh oh rap tap table tap
Have you anyone to talk to
Not quite living on the other side, contact

Clara Clairvoyant
Her consultation is 10 to 4
Kathy Kathoolica
In the box from 3 to 4
In the shadow
Leave genitals at the door
Oh oh oh but but tut tut
Have you any perversion to confess
To the lumpy cassock on the other side

Kathy Katholica
In the box from 3 to 4
Rocky Rock'n'Roller
Sometimes up and sometimes down
In the long run
Take the path down on the ground
Between lost belief and gross fear
Have you any idea how much you have?
Not quite nothing and not quite all!

Psychedelic Yogi
Is not a very groovy groovy guru

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"Clara Clairvoyant" as written by Donovan Leitch

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    My InterpretationThe song is Donovan's analysis of the human condition always seeking help from without, instead of within. Analysis as a means to self-healing; however, the only analysis where enlightenment is achieved is discovered by looking within yourself...not in some carney's tent w/ Clara the Clairvoyant...not in the office of some professional analyst charging $200 an hour (all the while thinking about the Woody Allen movie he watched the night before)...not in a confessional where the Priest gets his kicks from hearing all about your "perversions"...and not in some ashram w/ a Psychedelic Yogi thinking about his own "claim to fame".

    Rocky Rockin'Roller is none other than John Lennon, and the last verse is referring to Lennon's song, Rocky Raccoon, from the White Album. After his trip to see the Maharishi, Lennon was in personal turmoil...he had met Yoko and part of himself was swelling w/ excitement and joy, while another part of him was massively struggling w/ Fear and his own Ego. The words of the Maharishi were direct and simple and Lennon did not like than some "weird" guy in long, flowing robes possessive of simple, powerful truth was being treated like royalty by the rest of the world.

    Lennon could not separate the words of the Maharishi from the Maharishi. These words weren't human in origin, but divine. Years later, Lennon would come to realize the truth and brilliance in those words from India, but he simply wasn't ready at that time. Hence, Donovan refers to Lennon as "sometimes up and sometimes down", quite accurately so. At that time, Lennon would have "given everything he had for a little peace of mind". His songs on the White Album were brilliant, but they were written under the vibration of annoyance, frustration and thus Fear.

    Donovan could see that Lennon was in between "lost beliefs and gross fear", struggling w/ what he had in that moment ("not quite nothing and not quite all"). And what was bugging Lennon the most was this little Holy man from India, with a weird, high-pitched voice, telling Lennon that he already knew the answers to all his own problems, inside of himself. That he needed to let go of the "out there" and only embrace what was within himself through Meditation and deep reflection. To Lennon, at the time, this seemed more of a riddle than an answer, and thus his Ego attacked at what he perceived to be the Maharishi's "shortcomings" (just listen to the song, Rocky Raccoon)...thus, Donovan created the line, "Psychedelic Yogi is not a very groovy, groovy guru as the song's outro...to reflect Lennon's beliefs at the time.

    The theme of Donovan's entire album, Open Road, was taking personal responsibility of the self by going within and rejecting society and their status quo (Riki Tiki Tavi, et al). John Lennon was in transition as this point in his life, and Donovan was merely offering him (and ALL OF US) this simple, but CRUCIAL advice...find all of your answers and truth by going within, and rejecting the white noise of the "out there"!

    Thanks for reading.
    CharlieFreakon November 29, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThe 1970 "Open Road" album was part of a change in approach for Donovan. This song stood out to me. It's more cynical, more jaded, than what we'd come to expect from Donovan. He does not leave scept'ism at the door. The world is changing.

    Clara is attempting to contact, while not quite living on, the other side. Kathy's in consultations of her own, apparently confessions with a questionable priest. Rocky's manic and drifting without an anchor of conviction or comfort. At the end,we get a reference to the Psychedelic Yogi who's not a very groovy guru. Donovan had been into The Maharishi along with The Beatles and similarly let down.

    Does anybody know of literal back stories on Clara, Kathy or Rocky or have any insights into this song?
    supercflon October 24, 2014   Link

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