Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

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Unique - General | Waving Prairie, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 39,248   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 7/19/2019
   Sounds Like: Good question!, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Donovan

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Song Description

This is a late 60-70's tune inspired by a starry night on the Pacific Ocean staring at and running through the ocean waves as a "red tide" was being washed up the sands. It was quite the experience. The is a NEWLY discovered studio version of the song recorded in 1971 in San Francisco. It really falls into a Psychedelic Folk genre, but BJ doesn't offer that designation. This very much a Joni Mitchell-like, David Crosby-ish type of tune that I wrote back in 1969. I hope you enjoy this authentic retro discovery!

Story Behind the Song

A late 60's and 70's tune inspired by a starry night on the Pacific Ocean staring at and running through the ocean waves as a "red tide" was being washed up the sands. A newly discovered retro-studio version.

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I could listen to your guitar playing FOREVER. Wow, I love the passion and skill of your playing. It comes through on the recording beautifully. You are obviously a very cerebral writer, almost over my head, but I really liked "The sea is the sky" part. The rest I think I'd have to see on paper and try to "get it" all, but the whole picture is one of beauty and the song is very Oceany. The vocal effect was beautiful. Sometimes people put unnecessary effects on their vocals but this one was perfect. Not overdone at all. Bravo. Makes me want to go to the beach soon!

    - Kate Carpenter

A very good voice, easy, smooth, a pleasure. The music is pleasant too, but it tries to drown out the vocals as if there is a contest between instrument and voice, and the instrument wins in loudness and emphasis. It is a very nice song, the music is really good and the voice is one you want to hear again.

    - Birthe Noer Myers
Lyrics

"Red Tide"
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Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 1969 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP)/Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
chet@chetnichols.net :: http://www.chetnichols.net
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

VERSE 1.
Water rips and flows between my stance
The water strains to show me heat
It tries to comfort and embrace
Sand rips and flows between my feet

Red tide makes the night the day
Naked aqua children play
Splashing life as we swim
Red tide makes the night the day

The sea is full of stars
The stars are full of life
The sea's the sky
The sky's the sea

Give me dreams love, bread and wine
Makes the days go by so fine
I'll butter your love
You toast my dreams
We'll do it up right
The bulging will be slight
Why ruin a perfect flight

VERSE 2.
He asked me where we came from
Just watch that wave there breaking
Creation's in its middle years
And history's only faking
Red tide makes the night the day
Naked aqua children play
Their smiles out glow the shining tide
Celebration 'tween the sea, the sky, my eye

The sea is full of stars
Hovering sky's a sea
The sea's the sky
The sky's the sea

Give me dreams love bread and wine
Make the days go by so fine
I'll butter your love
You toast my dreams
We'll do it up right
The bulging will be slight
Why ruin a perfect flight

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Copyright © 1969 ® ? by Chet Nichols ASCAP & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
All US and Global rights reserved. This song or any portion thereof (lyrics, music, samples, vocals) may not be reproduced in any form or media, distributed, transmitted, downloaded, shared or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publishers. For permission requests, write to the publisher at chet@chetnichols.net or http://www.chetnichols.net, or addressed to "Attention: Permissions Coordinator," at the address below.
Magic Garage Music, PO Box 2398, Northbrook, IL 60065

Song Length
4:35
Genres
Rock - Psychedelic, Rock - Psychedelic
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
In High Spirits, Blissful

Subject Matter
Existence, Ocean, Sea

Similar Artists
Joni Mitchell, David Crosby
Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Chet Nichols
Music Credits Chet Nichols
Producer Credits Stephen Barncard, Exec. Prod, Chet Nichols, Co-Producer
Publisher Credits Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Productions (ASCAP)
Performance Credits Chet Nichols
Label Credits Magic Garage Records