Tommy James: Crimson and Clover

In early 1969, just as music was shifting from singles and AM radio to albums and FM, the Shondels cut Crimson and Clover. The lyric occurred to James as he was awakening. Beyond that it is his favorite color and flower, he says does not know what it means. The song is a celebration of the first sight of love, and the awakening of the mind to the special liveliness that is the effect especially of new love. With a rare exception, our psychology does not recognize this important thing about the soul and the awakening of the mind and character that occurs by nature in love. A possible reading of the lyric, written as the exclamation “My, my”and fits the wish to to do everything, that is the awakening to life, as well as with the line “I’v been waiting to show her.” The beginning reminds of the Hollies “Bus Stop:

Ah, now I don’t hardly know her
But I think I could love her
Crimson and clover

Ah when [I wish] she comes walking over
Now I’ve been waitin’ to show her
Crimson and clover over and over

Yeah, my, my [mind’s] such a sweet thing
I wanna do everything
What a beautiful feeling
Crimson and clover over and over

Crimson and clover over and over

The Crimson Clover is also a kind of clover as noted on Wikipedia. The clover otherwise reminds of the Trinity, and the red the sacrifice that joins the fourth, the bride, following the revelation. The connection to the song “Sweet Cherry Wine” makes this a possibility by inspiration.

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