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Spirit — Nature's Way
Album: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
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Released: 1970
Length: 2:28
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It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong
It's nature's way of telling you in a song
It's nature's way of receiving you
It's nature's way of retrieving you
It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong

It's nature's way of telling you, it's in the breeze
It's nature's way of telling you, dying trees
It's nature's way of receiving you
It's nature's way of retrieving you
It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong

It's nature's way, it's nature's way
It's nature's way, it's nature's way

It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong
It's nature's way of telling you in a song, oh
It's nature's way of receiving you (it's nature's way)
It's nature's way of retrieving you (it's nature's way)
It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong
Something's wrong
Something's wrong
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True 50 years ago, even more so today. When will we, the" selfish species" start to really care about the rest of the living things on our beautiful little planet- instead of our endless pursuit of more meaningless material "things".
"Twelve Dreams of..." is one of those few perfect albums from start to finish.  Wonderful lyrics and wonderful sounds!
Sweet  Thank you  : )  


Could of been written today...still really good.
Bruce Caturani out there somewhere: Do you remember front row for this in H-town?
Z
great guitar player

great song

great album

great band 
VERY UNDER RATED ALBUM ....ONE OF THE TOP 10 OF ALL TIME !
Timeless.
Wooooo-hoooooo!!!   : )
Earl Bailey told a story to his audience that this song was about having a cold.  At the very end of the song, listen for the cough. 
I don't think I've ever heard this version. Nice!
Well done RP for playing this excellent track.
 DanFHiggins wrote:
THANKS FOR THAT BACK TO BACK!

LOVE IT 

 
catching it again
awesome   {#High-five}
Nope

Nachuhls way?

 

 

If people make fun of the way David Gray says sure, then I can make fun of Spirit. Heh.


just reading about Spirit's lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over Stairway to Heaven

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-03/led-zeppelin-rock-gods-deposed-in-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit 

see if you can tell which version is which

https://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-05-15/the-stairway-to-heaven-game-did-led-zeppelin-steal-the-greatest-song-opening-in-rock-history 
Still as pertinent today (maybe more) than it was then...
great song, I feel this whole album works magically, timelessly
 Propayne wrote:

...The simple, stripped back production - acoustic guitar and "everyman" vocals of the song's writer Randy California fits the song's subject matter sooooo much better to my ears. 

 
This tune has a nice melody and chords and I like the production.  I find the lyrics are a little too "simple and stripped back", but perhaps that was the general idea.
This one endures, moving seamlessly from one decade to the next.   .


 coding_to_music wrote:


OMG — I somehow always thought this was Paul McCartney

Great song... 

 
totally thought so too.
 Propayne wrote:
The simple, stripped back production - acoustic guitar and "everyman" vocals of the song's writer Randy California fits the song's subject matter sooooo much better to my ears. 

 
Yeah, this one's better.
 fredriley wrote:
I very, very much prefer the cover by This Mortal Coil. This (original?) bores and irritates in equal measure.

 
Not me.

I applaud their taste for covering it, but I find TMC's version to be overblown and bloodless compared to the original.

The simple, stripped back production - acoustic guitar and "everyman" vocals of the song's writer Randy California fits the song's subject matter sooooo much better to my ears. 
I very, very much prefer the cover by This Mortal Coil. This (original?) bores and irritates in equal measure.
Climate change.  Environmental degradation of the land, sea and air that's accelerating along with some saying we're on the precipice of a 6th Mass Extinction, a possible hallmark of this the Anthropocene Era.  This tune should be our era's theme song. 

Just sayin' is all.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Great example of an "album" - where all the songs fit together and the sequencing was carefully worked out.
Salt Lake City, many super concerts from the 60's, one of the standouts were a little known L.A. outfit "Spirit" sold out, damn fine!  Featuring a father/son effort, dad a jazz drummer & son on guitar.  Really deserved a bigger mark.  
Yes, child, people used to think and talk like this!
 
THANKS FOR THAT BACK TO BACK!

LOVE IT 
 marklaw wrote:
II wanna be a hippie again.  Take me back.

 
Better and better!  Nature's Way is next.
 QuestionMark wrote:
Ahead of their time !

 
Indeed. Sounds so current.
II wanna be a hippie again.  Take me back.
Ahead of their time !
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this with the band members: Randy California and Jay Ferguson?

 
Yep.

Randy California - guitar, vocals
Jay Ferguson - vocals
John Locke - keyboards
Mark Andes - bass
Ed Cassidy - drums 
Such the 60s ethos.  But always time less
this has been the best set of songs this afternoon. i need to get a cup of tea.
I think the album is a 10   it's super cool, and in the near future (perhaps) RP will have a "Full LP" button where we can blast the entire album
Is this with the band members: Randy California and Jay Ferguson?
 Segue wrote:
not quite godlike but an essential song. Thanks RP!

 
Solid 9 - always loved this song
be great to follow with Alvin Lee and Ten Year's After - I'd Love to Change the World 
I simply love this song!
 Bruce_AK wrote:
In light of this week's mega-storm hitting the East Coast and this summer's droughts this tune takes on prophetic proportions. Those who doubt that Climate Change is human caused, you are now on notice!
 
You will find no argument with me, but try to convince the whitebread republicans who deny the very existence of weather!
not quite godlike but an essential song. Thanks RP!
In light of this week's mega-storm hitting the East Coast and this summer's droughts this tune takes on prophetic proportions. Those who doubt that Climate Change is human caused, you are now on notice!
LOL. 
kcar wrote:

Amazed your roomies didn't cattle-prod you into a coma. 

It was good to hear this chestnut again, but halfway through the song you wish that the band had fleshed out the lyrics more. A lot more. 
 


 stevematic wrote:
VCU, richmond virginia 1972. i drove my roommates crazy playing this LP... repeatedly
 
Amazed your roomies didn't cattle-prod you into a coma. 

It was good to hear this chestnut again, but halfway through the song you wish that the band had fleshed out the lyrics more. A lot more. 
Absolutely wonderful song.
 shakylegs wrote:
Of all This Mortal Coil's covers, I find this original to be stronger.
(Does that make sense?)
 

Musically it's stronger, but then again TMC's version is slow and melodic.  I prefer the TMC version just because it's so much more passionate.
 iTuner wrote:
I always thought this was a shitty Who song. I guess its a shitty Spirit song.
 
Hahaha! {#Clap}
 iTuner wrote:
I always thought this was a shitty Who song. I guess its a shitty Spirit song.
 
                       
 Coaxial wrote:

10 then and now...

 
Bump.
I always think this song sounds so much like McCartney.
VCU, richmond virginia 1972. i drove my roommates crazy playing this LP... repeatedly
 Spliff wrote:
Hey - Does anyone know the real story about Randy California?
 
Drowned in Hawaii saving his son. Sad.
I always thought this was a shitty Who song. I guess its a shitty Spirit song.
may the gods, both old and new, bless Randy California
Wow...what time machine did that come out of?
Of all This Mortal Coil's covers, I find this original to be stronger.
(Does that make sense?)
I love this,,,,,,THANKS BILL..... I remember the entire album, love it and as a landscaper I often sing this in some clients gardens while I work    {#Think}
I love this! Never knew who it was before. Excellent old gem. 
Wow! I haven't thought about this song in decades. This was one of my worst earworms in the 1970s. 
This song was used in a commercial for a laxative about a million years ago.  Jayzus, I am OLD. {#Eek}
Absolutely one of the finest complete albums EVER.
Wow. Throwing it back a few years. Nice surprise, Bill. Yes, ONLY on RP.
Only on rp
This song is even more relevant today than it was back in the day...
Haven't heard this in over twenty years.  Loved it then; love it now.  And Animal Zoo too.........I had this album and spun it constantly..thanks for the memories!!

Nice, a double shot from one of The Great Albums of the late 60"s
 DaveInVA wrote:
Still fantastic after all these decades {#Music}
 

OMG — I somehow always thought this was Paul McCartney

Great song... 
omygod make it stop
Absolutely one of my favorite songs of all time.

And Randy's "every man" vocals are perfect. 
Did Cheap Trick ever get called out for copying this tune when they penned "The Flame"?
This is one of those timeless tunes for me.  It's fun to go back - for a sec.  {#Music}
 Spliff wrote:
Hey - Does anyone know the real story about Randy California?
 He was tought to play the guitar by Jimi Hendrix who wanted him to come to England to form the Experience and gain recognition. Randy's dad wouldn't let him come because he thought he was too young at 16.

Man, haven't heard this in forever.  8-9
Was talking to my wife something about nature's way and she started singing this-been stuck in my head since then.  Thanks!
Definitely a 10 for me.
 jagdriver wrote:
So many fine tracks on this album. This one, however, I don't care if I ever hear again.

(Maybe it has somethin' to do with hearing it while on a bad trip..."Something's wrong," indeed!)
 

Sorry I had some good times when that first hit it brings back good memories...10
 Spliff wrote:
Hey - Does anyone know the real story about Randy California?
 
The only story I know is that he drowned off a Hawaiian beach while saving his son from an undertoe. That story was published in Surfer magazine about 10 years ago (about the time I quit reading Surfer and switched to Surfer's Journal).

So many fine tracks on this album. This one, however, I don't care if I ever hear again.

(Maybe it has somethin' to do with hearing it while on a bad trip..."Something's wrong," indeed!)
Still fantastic after all these decades {#Music}
Great harmonic movement in this song, especially through the chorus. Starting minor then landing major - always very powerful!


 fredriley wrote:

Amen to that, brother. They didn't use any feckin' cowbell, either.

 
but Cowbells were cool in 1972


10 then and now...


 helgigermany wrote:
Nice, first time i hear this, but not bad stuff!!
 
Check out this CD and the three before it.  Great stuff.

Nice, first time i hear this, but not bad stuff!!
 DavidCarrico wrote:
This Mortal Coil's version is better, can i get an amen?
 
Amen to that, brother. They didn't use any feckin' cowbell, either.

Notes down below suggest that This Mortal Coil does a better version of this song. I need to hear it. I can't believe you could do this song much better. Of course, I was a junior in high school when this came along, so my estimation is conflated with my recollection, but this still has legs.

Thanks for playing Animal Zoo in sequence. Just not right without the seque.
OMG, I loved this song back in the '70s.  I remember trading a backpack for the album!!!  I actually picked up a used turn-table to listen to it a couple years ago, and it was as great as I remembered.  It's thematic — good call playing more than one song from it RP!
 laylabird wrote:
If you want to hear Michael McCloud (member of the band Spirit)sing Nature's Way in person, he hangs out and sings in a bar in Key West. Schooners Wharf bar. A very very good time!
 
Ahhh....Michael McCloud was never a member of Spirit.  Not this Spirit anyway.
Bill has kept playing Spirit, and always I think he's there, but he hasn't hit the best yet. Tonight he has.
...wow, i haven't heard this since listening to blood about, what, seventeen years ago?..

 DavidCarrico wrote:
This Mortal Coil's version is better, can i get an amen?
 
Amen! {#Pray}  TMC is superb...  It's nice to get this version now/then too though...

 gregorbill wrote:


Amen!

And further, This Mortal Coil improved on just about every song they remade.

 
And another Amen to that!

Paul did perform this song live either on storytellers or an unplugged type of show can't find it anywhere however
If you want to hear Michael McCloud (member of the band Spirit)sing Nature's Way in person, he hangs out and sings in a bar in Key West. Schooners Wharf bar. A very very good time!
astonishing how non-dated this sounds
DavidCarrico wrote:
This Mortal Coil's version is better, can i get an amen?
Amen! And further, This Mortal Coil improved on just about every song they remade.
This Mortal Coil's version is better, can i get an amen?
Terrific nostalgia value. A great song now as then. More Spirit.
Originally Posted by Spliff: Hey - Does anyone know the real story about Randy California?
I assume this entry from AMG is factual.
Originally Posted by dadofsammy: fine fine fine just too short
I think it's perfect. Any longer and I would start getting annoyed.
'Some unknown McCartney/Wings song?', I thought at first. Especially after listening to the Beatles' Nature's Son before this. A striking resemblance.
fine fine fine just too short
Hey - Does anyone know the real story about Randy California?
Originally Posted by orpheus: haunting with an edge. very memorable
the harmonies :cool:
more Spirit! :notworthy: :clap: more timely than ever...
Nice to hear this song . . . it\'s been a long time since I heard it. Takes me back to the mid-70\'s when, as a high-school kid, several friends and I did a presentable cover of this song. Fun harmonies to sing.
Ditto to Lilli below. The 12 Dreams album as waaaay cool. I had the 8-track. This was the most commercial of the cuts on the release, but still quite good. How about street worm or nothin to hide sometime? Kirch
A very nice song. I only knew the cover by \"This Mortal Coil\", in a very different version. Check it out.
haunting with an edge. very memorable
Spirit was always sort of medium psychedelic, nice smooth guitar work...Mechanical World was the apex of late 60s angst, this song one of a wave of protoenvironmental opuses.
Originally Posted by hutchmo: I appreciate you keeping the Spirit alive. I still get goose bumps when I hear "I've got a line on you"...just cool all the way. This one is another fine effort. Keep the Spirit going!
i get the same goosebumps!! so refreshing to hear this band now and then.
Until now, I always thought that was a Paul McCartney song. The singer sure sounds like PM.
I appreciate you keeping the Spirit alive. I still get goose bumps when I hear \"I\'ve got a line on you\"...just cool all the way. This one is another fine effort. Keep the Spirit going!
Very pretty song, and moving. How about some of their more psychedelic stuff? Fresh Garbage, comes to mind.
12 dreams of dr. sardonicus, one of the first ever cds i owned. an essential.