-- Frankly Stoned --
(unreleased) 1968 or before


How am I feelin'?
Blue all the time
With no baby of my own
Well, frankly, I'm a little bit stoned

I won't be grievin'
As you are leavin'
I'll just say goodbye
And stay a little bit high

I won't live in a cage
Or come on like a sage
Now don't you cry
'Cause baby you're blowin' my mind

I won't live in a cage
Or come on like a sage
Now don't you cry
'Cause baby you're blowin' my high

I'm not a big man
I make it when I can
With no baby of my own
Well, I just stay a little bit stoned

  • 5 October 2003:

    Lyrics submitted by Rob Caldwell.

    Note: The songs The Flying Circus and Frankly Stoned were recorded by Maple Oak, a Canadian outfit based in London who recorded an album for Decca in 1970. Originally, Peter Quaife of The Kinks was in them but he left before they did the album that included these songs. The reason why they were included on the album is that two members: Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain had played in Bruce's post-Children/Esquires and pre-3's a Crowd outfits John Q Public, The Flying Circus and Olivus from mid-1967-mid 1968. In fact, it was the Flying Circus that played songs like Bird Lady and Saint Martha's Earthworm. This last track was co-written by James Livington aka Jimmy Livingston who fronted at one point or another, The Mynah Birds (with Rick James but before Neil Young), Just Us, The Tripp and Livingston's Journey. All of these bands, except the first included guitarist Stan Endersby who interestingly enough was the third Canadian in Maple Oak!

    Michael Ferry who co-wrote 'Ice Cream Under the Sun' was otherwise known as Lee Jackson and co-fronted Jon and Lee & The Checkmates. For more information about some of these bands, visit and go to the 'Ever heard of' section which has articles on Stan Endersby and 3's a Crowd, both of which refer to Bruce.

    -- submitted to the Project by Nick.

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