September 17, 2016

Boomer Anthems: Layla

What'll you do when you get lonely
And nobody's waiting by your side?
You've been running and hiding much too long.
You know it's just your foolish pride.

Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.

The song was inspired by a love story that originated as a poem

The Story of Layla and Majnun in 5th-Century Iran, was later adopted by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, a copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton. The book moved Clapton profoundly, because it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and went crazy because he could not marry her. In his autobiography, Clapton states, "Ian Dallas told me the tale of Layla and Manjun, a romantic Persian love story in which a young man, Manjun, falls passionately in love with the beautiful Layla, but is forbidden by her father to marry her and goes crazy with desire." The song was further inspired by Clapton's then unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison of The Beatles. -- La Wik

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 17, 2016 11:55 AM
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Harrison should have knee'd SlowHand in the nutz but rode that dark horse instead, rising above the fray, and Pattie was discarded like an over used receptacle.

Posted by: ghostsniper at September 17, 2016 2:56 PM

Per Ghost: guns, girls and guitars....never cease practice!

We always want something we cannot have.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at September 17, 2016 3:36 PM