Beaujolais Day

Introduction: Mark Kelly, writing in the Clutching At Straws remaster sleevenotes: “Beaujolais Day was written at Stanbridge during the writing for CAS but never got past this stage. We put the guitar solo to good use in Warm Wet Circles and the rest of the music ended up as Seasons End a few years later.


Additionally, the lines “I heard a wheelchair whisper across a stale, stagnant gymnasium, Trailing an ivy league jacket like a matador, Through the jitterbug steps of the night before” eventually turned up on Fish’s Fortunes Of War, from his Suits album.

‘I went to Morrison's grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery’
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, is buried in Poet’s Corner of the heavily graffitied Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Following the completion of recording on the Doors’ final album, LA Woman, in March 1971, Morrison took a leave of absence from the band and moved to Paris with his long term partner Pamela Courson. On July 3rd 1971, Jim Morrison died. The official account of his death says that he was found dead in his bath by Courson. Since there was no suggestion of foul play, and in accordance with the standard French procedure, there was no autopsy. Courson said that Morrison died after snorting heroin after a drinking session, but there are many other theories concerning Morrison’s death, some credible some outlandish.
Would you drink to me next Beaujolais day
Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made in the Beaujolais region, north of Lyon, France. The wine is made from Gamay grapes and is a vin de primeur, meaning it is fermented for just a few weeks before going on sale. Beaujolais Day is usually on the third Thursday of November.

‘An ivy league jacket’
The Ivy League is a term derived from an athletic conference comprising spots teams from BrownColumbiaCornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. They are all located in the north east of the United States. The term has come to mean the universities themselves, with connotations of being the elite higher educational institutions of the USA.

‘The jitterbug steps’
The jitterbug was a generic term for various swing dances of the 1930s and 40s in the United States. The term originates from name ‘the jitters’, which describes the tremors of an alcoholic.

‘The tear fandango’

The fandango is a fast moving Iberian dance or song for a couple. It’s normally in triple time and is traditionally accompanied by guitars and castanets or hand-clapping.  As a dance, the couple usually dance one at a time, showing off their moves then allowing the other the opportunity. It is a combative dance.

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