Cream: Badge Meaning
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Song Released: 1969
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Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.
I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the...
anonymous Oct 21st 2020 report
I think, this elderly couple have been together since they were young; he is reminising when they were tounger, driving in the car and he was her first and probably only lover. Now the woman has a trauma induced memory loss as something tragic happened to thier daughter when she was just a baby, and this event has brought on many tears over her lifetime.
anonymous Apr 11th 2018 report
It's about someone he loved who in spite of his best efforts was going to be defeated. "she cried away her life, since she fell out the cradle" It was probably a lover, since he refers to their kid, but without that line it could have been about a suicidal daughter.
anonymous May 27th 2017 report
Hakim married to Mabel is George Harrison and Patti, not our kid
anonymous May 27th 2016 report
It's just a song Clapton wrote with George Harrison about Patty Harrison maybe, but it could be any woman. Interesting note: It's called Badge because Clapton was looking at George Harrison's notes upside down and confused the word Bridge as Badge...it's an inside joke between them.
anonymous May 5th 2016 report
vibe: sombre, melancholy, mysterious, urgency for some worrying matter...
the verses about the times she was in his car, he might have drove her too far... well, there is the obvious implication that passion was overwhelming and a man went too far with his (younger?) lover against his better judgement. To me this song has always had a deeply romantic but regretful, stark and worrisome.
It's always had a haunting quality as does America's Sister Golden Hair and I think it just manages to conjure some situational tension that the listener can't quite be sure why it's there but, in it's succinct simplicity leaves you feeling like something very edgey just happened but with only a cryptic explanation including some fairly solid clues. Very nice work. A song doesn't need to explain itself, it's just a song and that's a cool thing about pop music, it affects you in a strong emotional way with no reason and no excuse, haha...
anonymous May 4th 2013 report
The guy is visiting his wife/girlfriend in a mental institution. He is saddened by the fact that he may have "drove her too far" and that she'd "better pick herself up from the ground, before they bring the curtain down". Although "our kid" was a '60's slang term in England for a younger brother, I believe that he is telling her about their son, who is now married to Mabel. The "girl who looks quite like you" is in fact, her.
anonymous Jun 18th 2012 report
Not really an interpretation but I wondered why their kid would marry a tomato.
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