2.35-SWEET WINE (Cream)



[Do-wop intro]

Who wants
The worry
The hurry
Of city life?

Nothing funny;
Wasting the best
Of our life.

        Sweet wine, hay making,
        Sunshine day breaking,
        We can wait till tomorrow.

        Car speed, road calling,
        Bird freed, leaf falling.
        We can bide time.

[A Section do-wop]


        [Repeat all B Section]

[Repeat all A Section]

[Do-wop coda]

The A section of Sweet Wine uses a fanfare (the do-wop imitates horns) popular with the grand scale of Cream compositions--their 1968 hit White Room, for instance, would begin with fanfare. The short lyrical line allowed greater room for Ginger Baker to fill with his drumming. The B section is sweeter with a cascading lyric. The break in Sweet Wine is lengthy, and features the three members of Cream playing with great intensity on an improvisation which is truly a C section, having nothing to do with the other melodies in the song. In the break the bass and two lead guitars (one hitting the notes, the other holding wailing, sweeping tones all the while) battle one another on equal terms while the drums thrash to a continuous roar in the background.

Sweet Wine shares with I Feel Free a disgust with urban life, and there's a hippie sense that "making money" is a waste of time. The B section offers an alternative of getting high on wine and taking a drive out to the country to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The singer offers this escape to his audience, perhaps imagining someone who is driving to work with the song on the radio. Take the off ramp away from town. But in 1966, both in America and Britain, to hear an album cut on the radio would be an unlikely occurrence.