What is happening and how have you been
Gotta go but I'll see you again
And oh, the music is so loud
And then I fade into the

Crowds of people standing everywhere
'Cross the street I'm at this laugh affair
And here they always play my songs
And me, I wonder if it's

Wrong or right they come here just the same
Telling everyone about their games
And if you think it obsolete
Then you go back across the street
Yeah, street, hey hey

When I leave now don't you weep for me
I'll be back, just save a seat for me
But if you just can't make the room
Look up and see me on the

Moon's a common scene around my town
Here where everyone is painted brown
And if we feel that's not the way
Let's go paint everybody gray
Yeah, gray, yeah

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Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale Lyrics as written by Arthur Lee

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    General Comment

    I love the lyrical structure of this song, how the last word in the last line of the previous verse is left off, but becomes the first word of next verse.

    As to what the lyrics mean, I've always been pretty much in the dark about that. Maybe someone can fill us in. Many of the lyrics on Forever Changes seem like drug-influenced stream-of-consciousness lines.

    Bluewaveson June 03, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I agree on the lyrical structure, I haven't really seen anything like that before.

    I at least have a vague idea that this is about the music scene in L.A. in the 60's, and Arthur Lee being a little bit ambivalent about it (he does call it a "laugh affair" and wonders if it's "right or wrong", and the fact that he keeps saying "they" instead of "we" kind of makes it seem like he considers himself to be a little bit outside of it). But at the same time I guess he's also saying that when he dies, he'll still be part of the scene in spirit.

    destroyalltacoson October 31, 2006   Link
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    Song Fact

    Arthur Lee was convinced that "Forever Changes" would be the last LP that he would make before he died, which turned out not to be the case.

    WhoopeeHeyHeyon October 06, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning

    "Maybe The People Would be the Times" - the lyrics and the song title show that Arthur Lee thinks the people (fans and his fellow musicians) can probably influence the government and the current generation regarding war, racism and things like that.\n\nHe calls it a "laugh affair", because maybe a lot of bands were doing protest songs just for clout and also the fact that a lot of the fans really didn\'t give a crap about any of that. They just came there to get high and get laid. So, he wondered if his songs being played there were, "right or wrong".\n\nThat last verse seems like its about race or people\'s mindset, but I can\'t figure it out.

    Stephen-Raoon February 19, 2022   Link
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    General Comment

    What's Clark and Hilldale? I thought it might have been the site of a festival held in the 60s, which this song was written about. Or maybe the names of 2 streets. But I have googled it and found nothing.

    sugarbabydollon September 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    Clark and Hilldale are the cross streets of Sunset Blvd., between which lie the Whiskey a Go Go, the seminal rock club at the center of LA's music scene.

    uniongabeon March 19, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    Es sin duda uno de mis albums favoritos de siempre. Maybe the people would.. Tiene una estructura muy interesante, The red telephone, es genial, alone again or, debe ser una de las mejores canciones de la historia, bummer in the summer, podría ser el origen del rap. Genios. Ojalá y hubiera podido vivír ésa época, nací después, seguro me retrase 20 años.

    Padrede4on September 10, 2016   Link

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