Tales of Brave Ulysses (2:46)

Cover of Disraeli Gears

From Disraeli Gears and 63 other releases

“Tales of Brave Ulysses” is a song performed by the 1960s group Cream. The music was written by Eric Clapton and the lyrics by artist Martin Sharp. The song is featured on Cream’s album Disraeli Gears. The lyrics were written by Martin Sharp on the back of a beer mat, which he gave to Eric Clapton after a chance meeting. These lyrics were put to a melody inspired by Judy Collins’ version of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” and chords inspired by The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City”.

The song also featured Eric Clapton’s first use of the wah wah pedal (released a day before Hendrix’s first wah wah single, “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”). This is one of the first recorded uses of the wah-wah pedal in rock music.


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Well you thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun

And the colors of the sea blind your eyes with trembling mermaids

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