Grass Roots, The - The Days Of Pearly Spencer Lyrics




A tenderment, a dirty street
Walked and worn by shoeless feet
Inside it's long and so complete
Watch by shivering sun
Old eyes in a small child's face
Watching as the shadows race
Through walls and cracks and leave no trace
And daylight's brightness shuns

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run

Nose pressed hard on frosted glass
Gazing as the swollen mass
On concrete fields where grows no grass
Stumbles blindly on
Iron trees smother the air
But withering they stand and stare
Through eyes that neither know nor care
Where the grass is gone

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run

Pearly where's your milk white skin?
What that stubble on your kin?
It's buried in the rot gut gin
You played and lost not won
You played a house that can't be beat
Now look your head's bowed in defeat
You walked too far along the street
Where only rats can run

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run

A tenement, a dirty street
Remember worn and shoeless feet
Remember how you stood to beat
The way your life has gone
So Pearly don't you shed more tears
Those tenements are memories
Of where you've risen from

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run





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  1. Gerry Dulin

    a truly great song

    lrh1966

    Thanks Gerry for listening and have a Happy Holiday Season from Lloyd :)

  2. Mark Thomson

    Love this --haven't heard it for SO many Years!! Mark .New Zealand.

    lrh1966

    Thanks Mark for listening and have an awesome day from Lloyd :)

  3. paudelei

    As a matter of fact for me this is the best version.

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome day from Lloyd :)

  4. celeston93

    Muy buenaaa!!!!!

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome day from Lloyd :)

  5. rector treeolder

    WHICH IS THE SHORTEST WAY TO HELL?

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome week from Lloyd :)

  6. rector treeolder

    this is so very English

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome week from Lloyd :)

  7. rector treeolder

    THIS IS REALLY ENGLISH

    lrh1966

    Thanks for checking it out and have a great week from Lloyd :)

  8. Jonathan Nieto

    Canción bellísima 🎧🎸

    lrh1966

    Have a Happy Holiday Season Jonathan and thanks for listening, from Lloyd :)

  9. music ffan 18

    Green eyed handsome Grill 😘

  10. Super241946

    Almond tried to own it for the homomovement but failed!

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have a great day from Lloyd :)

  11. kevin joseph

    wow--whats the message?

    lrh1966

    Thanks Kevin for checking it out and have a great day from Lloyd :)

  12. Aurora Band

    Adding this one to the duo soon. Great song all versions

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome day from Lloyd :)

  13. Mike Angelo

    Was this produced by Curt Boettcher?

    lrh1966

    I am not sure as I have the album buried in closet storage at the moment. Thanks Mike for listening and have an awesome weekend from Lloyd :)

    Jeanne Sumstine

    Love the violins and cello

  14. JENNY COOPER

    not bad but adds nothing just a copy

    lrh1966

    Thanks for checking out this song and have a great week from Lloyd :)

    dlamiss

    Completely agree with you. Almonds remake was as good as the original but this although decent is nothing special

  15. Chris Krebs

    Bellissima versione.....

    lrh1966

    Thanks Chris for listening to this song and have a great week from Lloyd :)

  16. m west

    time traveling fodder wonderful mode of travel

    lrh1966

    Thanks for checking it out and have an awesome day from Lloyd :)

  17. unknown Athenian

    Thanks 4 that.Amazing .

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and have an awesome holiday season from Lloyd.

  18. Attila Talarico

    Una versione buona di questa bellissima canzone che apprezzo soprattutto per la musica...struggente.Grazie Irh1966.

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and Happy Holidays from Lloyd.

  19. MrGoldenthroat

    This is one instance where I feel The Grassroots version here is as great as the original by the fabulous David Mcwilliams!! I am, and have always been, a huge fan of both! I purchased the Lovin' Things album days after its release - the same holds true for Let's Live For Today and Feelings! My three favorite albums by them- Thanx again Irh1966 for this great post!!

    lrh1966

    You are welcome, thanks for listening and Happy Holidays from Lloyd. I want to share a playlist of my three 1940's radios playing different selections and happy they still work after 67+ years... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqp2wC87lZ2XkdAStO7D6QkATk6H_mvp8

    Karen Manemeit

    MrGoldenthroat those are my favorite albums also!

    MrGoldenthroat

    You have impeccable taste my dear, as do I of course!!!

  20. oc2phish07

    Excellent version.

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening to this Grass Roots song and it is sad many of these are no longer played much on the radio...Happy Holidays from Lloyd.

  21. Syl Dans la Ville

    Initials BB-Serge Gainsbourg 1968.

    lrh1966

    Thanks Morelia for listening to this Grass Roots song.

  22. sevda ilhan

    bu şarkının en güzel versiyonu.

    lrh1966

    Thank you for listening to this Grass Roots song.

  23. Anna A'dam

    My Fav Version of the song!

    lrh1966

    Thanks Anna for listening to this timeless song by the Grass Roots.

    Anna A'dam

    +lrh1966 Timeless it is! :)

  24. Richie Valenz

    Muy buena informacion sobre la trayectoria de este tema gracias por subirlo, un abrazo

    lrh1966

    Thanks Richie for listening to this Grass Roots song from 1969.

  25. belisario guerra

    Original: David Mc Williams ( U.K. ) - Days of Pearly Spencer ( 1967 ). Covers: Caterina Caselli ( Italy ) - Il volto della vita ( 1968 ). Los Javaloyas ( Spain ) - Días de Pearly Spencer ( 1968 ). Eddy ( Finland ) - Ei itku enaa auta ) ( 1968 ). Barbara y Dick ( Argentina ) - Los días de Pearly Spencer ( 1968 ). The Avengers ( New Zealand ) - Days of Pearly Spencer ( 1968 ). The Grass Roots ( U.S.A. ) - The days of Pearly Spencer ( 1969 ). Tom Hagen ( Germany ) - Am start war Pearly Spencer ( 1977 ). Ana Belén ( Spain ) - Vuelo blanco de gaviota ( 1979 ). 

    lrh1966

    Thanks for listening and sharing the history behind this song.

    belisario guerra

    @lrh1966 ¡ You are welcome !

    belisario guerra

    Thank you very much !

    belisario guerra

    You are welcome ! Rick Dussi.

    belisario guerra

    Thanks a lot "maanvol" for reading the commentary.

  26. DANIELE TEDDE

    Quant'è bella!

    lrh1966

    Thank you Daniele for listening to this Grass Roots song that I grew up with.

  27. NICK T

    well done mate! cheers

    lrh1966

    Thanks Nick for listening to this vintage Grass Roots LP album...Friends, Lloyd.

  28. Ligeia Verlaine

    folky version, better than the David Mc.Williams  one (probably the original?)

    Shonee McWilliams

    David McWilliams wrote and performed this song. The original and the best.

    Ligeia Verlaine

    Yeah its a great tune

  29. i Palaver

    Great share, Irh1966. These guys were so fine! 

    lrh1966

    Thanks Naomi for listening to this Grass Roots song and they were an amazing band.

    i Palaver

    @lrh1966 ^_^

  30. lrh1966

    You are welcome. Thanks for listening to this Grass Roots record...Friends, Lloyd.

  31. Serdar Cor

    Thats great...took me past...thanx alot..Irh1966

  32. lrh1966

    Thanks for checking it out...Friends, Lloyd.

  33. Mark Barnett

    Awesome track,as good as the original

    Thor Thorsson

    No. It's not. But it's hard to ruin such a great song.

  34. lrh1966

    You are welcome. Thanks for listening to this Grass Roots LP record....Friends, Lloyd.

  35. 58JMG

    Awesome. Thanks for posting. Love this song...

  36. lrh1966

    You are welcome, and thanks for listening...Friends, Lloyd.

  37. DADDY COOL

    thank you very much ...for memories......!!!!!!! God Bless you !!! many greetings from Greece

  38. lrh1966

    You are welcome! Thanks for checking it out...Friends, Lloyd.

  39. HarryMarklin A. M.

    Great version. Thanks.

  40. lrh1966

    @kathryndeleonable

    I am glad to have been able to rekindle some good memories with hearing this album! Thank you for checking out this Grass Roots record...Friends, Lloyd.

  41. kathryn mathews

    I bought the Lovin' Things album in the late 1960s and wore it out. Haven't listened to in in years since I don't have a turntable. I'm living in England but I still have the album in California. I forgot how much I loved this song until I heard it again today, thank you so much for posting this so I can listen to it again and remember my life more than 40 years ago!!!! (Where have the years gone!?!?!)

  42. lrh1966

    @danu3247

    You are very welcome, and this is still hard to find on CD...Friends, Lloyd.

  43. danu3247

    I have been looking for the Grass Roots version of Pearly Spencer for the better part of 45 years....I can finally rest! Thank you, Thank you!!

  44. lrh1966

    @bluegin24

    Thank you for listening to this Grass Roots recording here...Friends, Lloyd.

  45. bluegin24

    I absolutely love Pearly Spencer and think this album is one of the Grass Roots best. I also recall that this song had at least a tiny bit of airplay on local radio stations because I recognized it back then and was thrilled it was one of the songs on the album.

  46. lennieavirett

    Oh, yeah! "Let It Go" - Dennis did lead on that one, didn't he?

  47. geofbrit59

    I don't have any Grassroots albums just some 45 hits. This is a cool song. you have a great sounding system there.