“Sitting On A Star”

“Sitting On A Star” is a track from Strawberry Alarm Clock‘s 1968 album Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow. Another of the album’s musically adventurous tracks, the song features a harsh, militaristic beat throughout its verses along with spidery, Doors-like choruses and the occasional faux-funky jazz interlude.

The singing is rather high and plaintive, with a subdued harmony chorus mixed rather low in the background; the lyrics are pretty uneventful, describing a state of psychedelic exploration-cum-catatonia. Despite the rat-a-tat grip of the band, “Sitting On A Star” has an overall soft feel due to the sweetness of the vocals and the soaring melody of the “Just sitting on a star / With clothes of laced velvet / And a clear mind to think” part.

Both in spirit, subject matter, and rhetorical approach, “Sitting On A Star” recalls “Sit With The Guru” from elsewhere on the Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow album.

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LP: Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow (1968)

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