Hummingbird

By | 2005 年 06 月 11 日

Seals & Crofts, 上次找他们的Windflowers的时候寻见的,很轻快的一首歌:P,所以,所以用来做这个星期的背景音乐了。

SEALS & CROFTS lyrics – “Hummingbird”

(Lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1971)

Oh hummingbird, mankind was waiting for you to come flying along.
Heavenly songbird, we were so wrong. We’ve harmed you.
Oh hummingbird, lend us your wings. Let us soar in the atmosphere of Abha.
Lift us up to the heaven of holiness, oh source of our being, oh hummingbird.

Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.
In you I’ve found a fragrance. I’ll love you ’til I die.
I just love you, love you, love you. I don’t even know the reason why.
Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.
The sweetness of your nectar has drawn me like a fly.
I just love you, love you, love you. I don’t even know the reason why. Now,
Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.

Haven’t you noticed the days somehow keep getting longer?
And the spirit voices whisper in us all.
Haven’t you noticed the rays? The spirit sun in stronger
And a new day is dawning for us all.

Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.
Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.
The draught of understanding; wisdom, peace and love is ours.
Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away. Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Terrific Compilation Of A Largely Under-Appreciated Duo!, August 26, 2000
Reviewer: Barron Laycock “Labradorman” (Temple, New Hampshire United States) – See all my reviews

This is likely the most under-appreciated of the groups populating the popular music scene in the late sixties and early seventies. Like another fringe duo, Brewer and Shipley, whose evocative lyrics and memorable arrangements (which are largely unavailable today, especially their terrific “Shake Off The Demon” album) propelled them into the spotlight with its like “One Toke Over The Line” and “Tarkio Road”, Brewer and Shipley were never taken as seriously as the content of their music deserved. Much of what they write and sing is organized around their religious beliefs, and this is easy to discover in most of what they say in the songs populating this greatest hits album. Their problem seemed to be that they encased a lot of meaningful lyrics into a very sweet and light sound that critics mistook for lightweight material, and they consequently scoffed at them. Yet their fame and popularity endures, and is deserved for a group who dominated the charts with “Diamond Girl”, “Hummingbird”, “I’ll Play For You”, and “We May Never Pass This Way Again”, all chart-toppers and mainly from a single album, “Summer Breeze”. Of course, “Summer Breeze” itself was a number one hit, and is till a perennial favorite for FM play. Do yourself a favor and read the lyrics as you listen along, though, and you will discover what sweet, loving, and compassionate human beings these two erstwhile escapees from the deep poverty of the rural South really are. If you listen you just can’t miss it. My personal favorites here are “Ruby Jean and Billie Lee” (their wives’ names), and of course, “I’ll Play For You”. Let them play for you too, real soon. Add this wonderful compilation to your collection, and then enjoy it!

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Vocal harmonies and mandolin picking in the Seventies, June 1, 2002
Reviewer: Lawrance M. Bernabo “Off to see the Wizard” (The Zenith City: Duluth, MN United States) – See all my reviews

Seals and Crofts are one of those Seventies groups where having the Greatest Hits album comes under the “all you will ever need” category. In fact, this album came out in 1974 and the pair stopped having hits the following year, having first made the charts in 1972. Long before Peter Buck was losing his religion, James Seals and Dash Crofts were in to the joys of mandolin playing (e.g., “Hummingbird”). In addition to their subtle vocal harmonies, the thing to really pay attention to with Seals and Crofts are the excellent bridges they tend to have in their songs. To this day if I hear “Summer Breeze” on the radio I have to listen for that fantastic bridge: “Sweet days of summer-the jasmine’s in bloom/July is dressed up and playing her tune/And I come home from a hard day’s work/And you’re waitin’ there/Not a care in the world.” (Excuse me I have to back the CD up to that point again.) I also have fond memories of “We May Never Pass This Way (Again),” which was pretty much a graduation staple when I was released from high school. But even the “non” hits on this album are well worth listening to. My only real complaint, idiosyncratic as it may well be, is that this collection does not include the song Seals and Crofts did for the theme song of “The Paper Chase.” Fortunately, I still have some of those on videotape to listen to from time to time.

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Enjoyable, but frustrating, November 18, 2003
Reviewer: Robert Toteaux (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews
Seals and Crofts have, for no conceivable reason, missed out on the CD reissue program given to practically every other 70s artist, including a good many a damn sight less successful – artisically or commercially.
Other than this bare-bones collection only “Summer Breeze” (A good album, but far from their best) is available on CD, so if you’re looking to get some S&C this is about your only choice (Although you should get SB as well, if only for “The Euphrates”, one of their best songs ever).

What’s here is, for the most part highly enjoyable – never liked “I’ll Play For You” much (Although it comes from one of their best albums), but “Diamond Girl”, “Hummingbird”, “King Of Nothing” and “We May Never Pass This Way (Again)” are all flawless pop gems. The musicanship (including several future TOTO members) is outstanding, and the harmonies are fantastic. The lyrics are also noteworthy, containing a strong spiritual element that never becomes preachy, but instead adds an extra layer to the material.

This is recommended listening, but, if you have the patience, wait until somebody FINALLY releases a comprehensive collection -not to mention the rest of their albums.

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This Should Have Been So Much Better, August 25, 2001
Reviewer: Eric R. Last “misterrockobscurities” (San Bruno, CA United States) – See all my reviews

Seals and Crofts are one of the most underappreciated and unfairly maligned bands in rock history. Their wonderful harmonies sounded like a cross between Simon & Garfunkel and the Bodeans, and their musicianship was often outstanding, especially in earlier albums. The arrangements frequently were flavored with hints of bluegrass as well as international (especially middle-eastern) sounds, the playing could be hot, and sometimes, they even rocked with surprising authority! Nowadays they are generally dismissed by the critics as lightweight, “lite-rock” pabulum, and frankly a good deal of their material (mostly the later stuff) warrents this reputation, but if you separate the wheat from the chaff you will find a sizable body of great music. Unfortunately, you won’t find much of it on the slight “Greatest Hits”. Yes, in 1975 when this collection first appeared on vinyl, it was a reasonable sampling of their biggest hits to date, but by the time it was reissued on CD, the record label really did Seals & Crofts and their fans a major disservice by not taking advantage of the extra capacity of the CD format to flesh out the collection with later hits (“Get Closer”, “My Fair Share”) and key album tracks (Such as the instramental “Wisdom” from the “Diamond Girl” LP, or more selections from the wonderful side 1 of their best album, “Year of Sunday”). Nonetheless, for the time being most of the Seals and Crofts catelog is unavailable on CD, so this collection is the best that’s out there. But it could have been, and should have been, so much better.

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Superb lyrics and music, August 4, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan
Super collection of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts’ hits. Unfortunately, Greatest Hits and Summer Breeze are the only CD’s available in the U.S. I have a Diamond Girl import from Japan. In response to fans objections about exclusion of Get Closer, My Fair Share, etc. Those hits are from 1976 and 1977 respectively. Greatest Hits package was released in 1975. K-Tel produced an album and cassette of Greatest Hits that include ALL hits. Thankfully, I have a large collection of their albums which I play constantly. Since leaving the record business in 1980, the duo has devoted their energies toward spreading the Baha’i Faith. Jim Seals pioneered to Costa Rica and now lives on a coffee plantation there. Dash Crofts currently lives in Nashville, TN. They have produced Baha’i-related music over the years. Great music by GREAT people.

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I’m wanting more!!!, September 4, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan
There is no question that every track on this CD is excellent – some of the duo’s “early” best! But, what about their later material. Yes, this is the original LP. However, in this day and age of expanded CDs with extra added bonus cuts, this CD should have contained later material also – say a “Greatest Hits & More” or a “Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition).” That is why I give this CD only four stars. The music, of course, gets five stars. After reading other Amazon.com reviews, I see I’m not the only one who is wanting more Seals & Crofts on CD. Another LP that should be available on CD is their 1976 masterpiece “Get Closer.” That title track along with other classic tunes should have been included on the CD edition of the Greatest Hits. Where are these other great hits from 1976 on: Baby I’ll Give It To You, My Fair Share, Takin’ It Easy, You’re The Love… and the list could go on. We want more!!!

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70’s MOR – Incomplete, October 10, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan
Sort of a poor man’s Simon and Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts had a string of pleasant, if rarely profound, MOR hit singles during the 1970’s. This collection has most of the hits, but ironically is missing the duo’s biggest one “Get Closer.” Granted this collection was first released on vinyl in 1975, one year before “Get Closer” hit the charts, but by the time this was issued on CD there was absolutely no reason why it could not have been expanded and updated. Blame sloppy work from Warner Brothers for this oversight. Two and a half stars

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Aren’t we missing something?, March 1, 2001
Reviewer: John S. Ryan “Scott Ryan” (Silver Lake, OH) – See all my reviews

How is it possible to release a Seals and Crofts greatest-hits album _without_ including the song “Unborn Child”?

The year was 1974, the ink was still wet on _Roe v. Wade_, and these two guys had a top-forty hit with a song that urged a mother considering an abortion to “stop, turn around, go back, think it over.” It’s amazing enough that they topped the charts with it in the first place; what’s even more amazing is that even a polite request to _think_ seems to be too much for some folks.

Do the execs who assembled this collection think S&C’s audience can’t handle their firmly pro-life position? It’s not even as though the song was calling for anti-abortion legislation or anything. It was addressed specifically to the mother and her unborn child, and its sole purpose was to get the _mother_ to think about what a fateful decision she was making. Is that bad advice? Who is it that has so much trouble dealing with this “controversial” song? Is it just that it makes the whole thing so vivid (“Oh, tiny bud that grows in the womb / Only to be crushed before you can bloom”) that even left-liberals have to face reality?

Seals and Crofts themselves were typically dismissed by the mainstream music pundits, who liked to pretend they were unaware of the profoundly religious content of the duo’s carefully crafted songs and tried to write them off as lightweights churning out catchy froth. You’d have thought the title song from an album entitled _Unborn Child_ would have tipped them off that there was more to these guys than they were letting on. And maybe it did.

Anyway, the rest of the songs on this collection represent a pretty good sample of what Seals and Crofts were capable of. It’s too bad that their other albums (except for the admittedly wonderful _Summer Breeze_) aren’t available on CD, because they put out lots of good stuff that just won’t fit on here.

Well, maybe someday they’ll be released. But I won’t hold my breath waiting for _Unborn Child_.

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Great…but where’s the rest of their songs?, November 21, 1998
Reviewer: A music fan
A great album, however, it amazes me that WB has not released some of their other albums for re-issue. Where is the album DIAMOND GIRL? There are several Seal and Crofts albums that should be released besides SUMMER BREEZE and GREATEST HITS. Don’t you agree?

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4 Stars for their 2-part harmonies…, February 1, 2000
Reviewer: Dane M. Marvin “Pop Culture Whiz” (Omaha, NE) – See all my reviews

Sure Seals & Crofts couldn’t hold a candle to Simon & Garfunkel, but there’s still no denying that this duo could write a tune and harmonize with the best of them. A nice example of their harmony is in the beautiful “I’ll Play for You”. And with songs like “We May Never Pass This Way Again” and “Summer Breeze”, it’s tough to give this collection a low rating–whether it has “Get Closer” or not.

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