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This was originally released in 1970 as the B-side to the unsuccessful single "Hello Melinda Goodbye." Re-released in 1971 as the A-side, it became a hit. (thanks, Jeanne - Lincoln, IL)
The song is about the lower class being looked down upon and denied access to what the rich have in America.
In 1991, this was a #12 US hit for Tesla. They released it on their third album, which was named Five Man Acoustical Jam as an allusion to the band. In Tesla's unedited version they replace the phrase "Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind" with "F--kin' up the scenery, breakin' my mind." (thanks, Clayton - Blount County, AL)
Tesla's version was one of the first acoustic hit songs of the '90s and helped launch the "Unplugged" trend. MTV started their series of Unplugged concerts shortly after their cover came out.
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John Doe of X
With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.