Lee Hazlewood R.I.P.

Posted: April 24, 2008 in The Roper Files

Buried deep within the File23 Media Archives ( or the “closet of filth” ) is an ancient VHS tape I purchased about ten years ago from Alpha Blue Archives.

It contains multiple silent 8mm “loops” featuring 70’s porn actress Candy Samples.  You may remember her as the blond built-like-a-brick-shithouse amazon who climbs into the Volkswagon with Semper Fidelis in Russ Meyers immortal BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRAVIXENS.

Being as the loops were silent, someone has dubbed old 45s over the audio. Now while it’s easy enough to get lost in the “action” while watching the tape one night something happened…no, not that; something else.

Ever hear a song and have it seemingly permanently imbedded in your head? Well it happened to me. I couldn’t get this tune out of my head to save my life. During this one particular loop a man and woman duet starts up. Soft strings, a bass guitar and a acoustic guitar begin the song. A man sings:

” Some velvet morning

When I’m straight.

I’m going to open up your gate

And maybe tell you about Phaedra

How she gave me life

And how she made it in

Some velvet morning when I’m straight…”


Then the melody changes suddenly. A woman begins to sing:


” Flowers growing on a hill

Dragonflies and daffodils

Learn from us very much

Look at us but do not touch

Phaedra is my name…”


The male repeats the first verse and then the woman sings again:


“Flowers are the things we know

Secrets of the things we grow

Learn from us very much

Look at us but do not touch

Phaedra is my name”

Then it gets really weird: they start mixing up the two melodies ( I can just see the reel-to-reel tape recorders going here) every other line from the two melodies are played in alternate sequence. I wrote Alpha Blue asking who this record was by and got no reply. I tried showing the VHS to several people but everyone would just stare at Candy Samples hypnotic knockers and draw a blank as to who the music was by. OK we’re getting nowhere this way…

Finally I discovered a CD by a band called Firewater entitled SONGS WE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN that had a cover of it. Hooray! Turns out it was a 45 by Nancy Sinatra and somebody called Lee Hazlewood. All right; now we’re getting somewhere!

Now thanks to the miracle of MP3s and CDrs, I finally have my own copy of this classic intriging song. I haven’t been this captivated by a song in years. I’ve been working on figuring it out on my acoustic. I love this tune.

Who says watching porno is a waste of time? Not me…

HEAR THE SONG HERE: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=12537578&m=12541526 







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