Song of the Day, December 11: Maybe After He’s Gone by the Zombies

the-zombies-maybe-after-hes-gone-columbiaToday’s song is Maybe After He’s Gone by the Zombies. After five years together, the band’s chart success had begun to wane. Signing to CBS, they handled all the tasks of their next album themselves, creating the charming masterpiece Odessey and Oracle. A lovely mix of low-key psychedelia, baroque pop, and smart musicianship, it showed off a cohesive talent that exceeded anything they had done before. Keyboard player Rod Argent and bassist Chris White traded off the songwriting; Maybe After He’s Gone is a White contribution, a wistful hope for rekindling romance. With Colin Blunstone’s strong, plaintive delivery and a stirring piano figure from Argent, the song is far more than the sum of its parts. The tone makes it clear that the object of the narrator’s affections is probably gone for good, but his passion demands a hope against hope.

Enjoy this beautiful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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