Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: I'd Wait a Million Years

Listening to it now it sounds manic and desperate, but when I was a pre-teen I couldn't get enough of the Grass Roots' "I'd Wait a Million Years." "I'd swim the deepest sea and climb the highest hill just to have you near me." How romantic! How dramatic! What a great counterpoint to the oh so jaded "Is That All There Is?"

My mother bought the single, but ultimately came to regret it because I played this song with the arm on the stereo lifted so it would repeat infinitely. In the slope-floored den on Prince Willow Lane that now exists only in my mind, it is playing still.

Written by Gary Zekley and Mitch Bottler, the song went to number 15 in 1969, one of a string of late '60s/early '70s Grass Roots hits.

Just thought I'd mention that the current incarnation of the Grass Roots is on this summer's "Happy Together" tour with, among others, the Turtles and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.

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