Song of the Day, April 27: Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale by Love

LoveForeverMaybeToday’s song is a standout from Love’s brilliant third album Forever Changes. The somewhat cumbersome title captures the dichotomy of the lyrics. Maybe the People Would Be the Times reflects singer and writer Arthur Lee’s hope for cooperation and a shared humanity. Between Clark and Hilldale is the location of the Whiskey A Go Go, using a location where the band spent significant time to look at the actual behavior of the people around him.

The track opens with an energetic acoustic guitar consistent with the folk-based elements that run throughout the album. Lee turns in one of his clearest, most direct vocals, showing off his most musical side as befits the setup of the song. A bright horn section moves in and out, capturing the optimism he strives for but can’t quite settle on. Maybe the People is one of only two tracks on Forever Changes to feature electric guitar, a significant change from the proto-punk psychedelia of the band’s previous two discs. This guitar is more gentle and yearning, a perfect undercurrent for the song. Lee scats an urgent vocal underneath it, creating an almost dissonant tension. It’s a brilliantly constructed song and a wonderful meditation on aspirations and abilities.

Enjoy this classic song today.


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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