What does Badge mean?

Cream: Badge Meaning

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Song Released: 1969


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Badge Lyrics

Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
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...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 30th !⃝

    My interpretation is that there is this guy who had a relationship with a young girl who had a kid but he raised it. He married Mabel. Obviously she was still down on her luck. So he is telling her she had better get her act together before it's to late...

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 12th !⃝

    Stock brokers used to just sell silver in the name of dentistry, live and let live, hope , faith, grace and forgiveness, and 37 to 49 reason to live.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 12th !⃝

    Stock brokers used to just sell silver in the name of dentistry, live and let live, hope , faith, grace and forgiveness, and 37 to 49 reason to live

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 17th 2023 !⃝

    It’s difficult in a relationship when you don’t know someone’s life history especially if they’ve been traumatised in the past. I think this songs about loving someone who has issues.

  5. janoband
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    Aug 1st 2021 !⃝

    He obviously had sex with a girl who wasn't quite ready. He might even have been married to someone else at the time. She obsessed for a while so he began to feel guilty.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2020 !⃝

    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.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2018 !⃝

    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.

  8. anonymous
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    May 27th 2017 !⃝

    Hakim married to Mabel is George Harrison and Patti, not our kid

  9. anonymous
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    May 27th 2016 !⃝

    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.

  10. anonymous
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    May 5th 2016 !⃝

    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...

  11. anonymous
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    May 4th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2012 !⃝

    Not really an interpretation but I wondered why their kid would marry a tomato.


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