"Badge" as written by and Eric Patrick/harrison Clapton....
Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.

I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to mabel.

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.

Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.

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"Badge" as written by George Harrison Eric Patrick Clapton

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    General CommentIn his book I Me Mine, George Harrison wrote about how this song came about. Eric was supposed to write a song for the last Cream album (each member of the group Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker did as well) and he needed help with it. Eric wrote most of the music, and George the lyrics, which were based on the unintelligible rantings of Ringo Starr (who never got an official credit btw..George said that the swans in the park etc was very Ringo) When it was all written out, as the above poster mentioned, Eric could not read George's hand writing and said, what is this badge? and George said he called the song Badge, because it made him laugh. I have heard the the solo in Here Comes the Sun was based on the one in this song....that is another story though.
    swlabr123on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm suprised there aren't more comments on this song, since it is an awesome song. I got on here trying to figure out why it is called 'Badge' since it's never said in the song, and swlabr123's comment makes the most sense, because I'm a huge George Harrison fan and I knew that he wrote part of this song. The statement about it being a bunch of stuff Ringo said is very interesting and also makes sense since a lot of the lyrics are sort of random. George Harrison plays guitar on this song also, just as Clapton played lead guitar on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. The 'Here Comes The Sun' comment also makes sense to me, since George Harrison went to Eric Clapton's house and wrote that song while wondering in his garden.
    njensenon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA number of years ago I heard an interview on the radio (the station was either KMET or KLOS - in California) with Clapton and he said the name came about while he and Harrison where finishing up the song. Harrison had scribble 'bridge' onto the song sheet, as in to add a bridge to that part of the song. Clapton, sitting across the table, read it upside down and thought is said Badge. They both laughed, George said he like it and so they kept it.
    TheDudeMindson April 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAh, this song is awesome, especially when heard live. I suggest the 24 Nights version of Badge.
    This song is a great song, and it is what prompted me to start playing guitar. The live solo is spectacular, as is the man playing it. Anyways, here is what my dad told me about this song:
    It was origninally written by Eric Clapton during his days with Cream. When he was in the process of writing it, one of his band mates came up to him on the other side of the table, reading it upside down. The original title of it was 'Bridge' but what his bandmate saw from his view was 'Badge'. The name stuck. I think the song is about Eric and a female that he hasn't seen for a while driving around one night when the meet up with each other again. They talk about things that have happened since their last time together. Could it be an ex-girlfriend/wife? (I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel') During the chorus, Clapton sings "Where is my Badge?" If the original title would have been used, he would probably be singing "Where is my bridge?", and since they are driving in a car, that would make sense. Who knows, I sure don't. If you have anything to add, go ahead, this was just an educated guess.
    As the London grafitti states - "Clapton is God"
    Hi5Infernoon July 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI suppose it is about an ex-lover who he found wandering around at night.they didnt get along very well.
    "Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
    She didn't have the time to wait in the queue."
    Thats probably about her attitute when she was younger,she probably was spoilt or wreckless.
    darragh666on December 16, 2005   Link

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