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Can't Find My Way Home

by

Blind Faith



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Blind Faith was a Supergroup made up of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech. This is their only album.
Winwood wrote this and sang lead. Many critics noted that Blind Faith sounded a lot more like Winwood's old band Traffic than Clapton's Cream, which is what Clapton was going for.
Clapton played acoustic guitar on this, which he rarely did. In his previous group, Cream, he played long, intense solos, something he wanted to get away from with Blind Faith.
The album cover was a photo of an 11-year-old girl. She was naked and holding a model spaceship, which caused a lot of controversy. They released an alternate cover with a picture of the band when stores refused to carry the original.
Clapton sometimes plays this at his concerts, with a member of his band singing. His bass player Nathan East would often sing it.
A common misconception is that Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood reunited at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, July 28, 2007, however, the first true live reunion occurred 2 months earlier at an event called Countryside Rocks at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, UK on May 19, 2007. Steve Winwood performed his set and Eric came on later as a guest. Together they played this song as well as "Watch Your Step," "Presence of the Lord," "Crossroads," "Little Queen Of Spades," "Had to Cry Today" and "Gimme Some Lovin'." (thanks, William - Melbourne, Australia)
The band House of Lords covered this on their 1990 album Sahara. Other artists to record it include Joe Cocker, Yvonne Elliman, Gilberto Gil and Widespread Panic. (thanks, Amanda - Amawalk, NY)
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Comments (30):

Wow! The more I hear this song the more I love it...it just gets right down inside you! Winwood's voice is genius! I absolutely LOVE Clapton's guitar playing in this song in particular. It might even be some of my favorite guitar Clapton's ever done...I feel as though this sound he captures here is so unique compared to most of the stuff he's done. Of course, he's done all kinds of guitar playing throughout his amazing career. This one though has an eerie, yet beautiful tone to it. Ginger Baker's timing couldn't be better on this either. Just perfect. This is a classic rock staple!
- Jack, Brookline, MA
Can't Find My Way Home also done really well by Ellen McIlwaine (youtube) and Tracy Nelson.
- Marcia, Traverse City, MI
Someone asked about the meaning of "Come down off your throne." I think he's saying the addict acts like a king who commands his subject (his body) to take in toxic substances, even if obeying those commands hurts the subject (the body).
- Judith, New York, NY
I was just at a live band karaoke performance. This song was the most powerful of all the performances and all the woman did was stand and sing it. I had heard it for years (since way back when - 1969) and never knew who did it until I had to look it up here based on that simple performance.
- Judith, New York, NY
I was blessed enough to see Steve Winwood and Carlos Santana in concert this summer. I had my 23 year old son and 21 year old daughter with me. When Winwood started to play this song I was transported in time, back to the late 60's. I looked at my kids and thought "Wow...I was them and they are me". Lucky I am that they enjoy the same music. This song makes me miss so many of the lost souls I knew back then...wondering where they are and if they found peace.
- JOAnn, Salem, VA
It was a period when every Pop artist from Cat Stevens to the Who came to the end of their tether, creatively, and had to change to fit the times. The Beatles were on their last album, Cream had proven too much for Clapton, and so there was this transition to a more folksy closer to Earth feel, all around, leading to bands like- Poco, the Eagles, Loggins and Messina. After the Beatles no longer existed, there had to be a replacement.
It was also part of the great era of travelling, (and running out of money). Personal computers were invented by people who learned how to cheat the phone company, calling home from Mozambique, Paris or Morocco.
- John, Ashley, IN
Pardon me, it appears most evident that required is a Blind Faith-BF, first album cover, reality-check, as availed tellingly below: for what it, itself, might prove worth to you the attentive reader.

PUT ON YOUR THINKING-CAP
Several glaring facts run contrary to the fiction authored on Wikipedia (a fount of/for such gibberish), and elsewhere online.

Empirically conveyed--contextually below--this missive should, as well intended, on some sincere level, serve to "unmask" the phony "back-stopping", re the true identity of the clearly under-age "titan-haired girl" who does, in fact, for ever more, ARTISTICALLY GRACE that of BF's, and thereby launches her own, monumental
career debut ... back in late 1969.

The current crop of, shall we say, CYA referenced, amounts----as might well be
expectable in today's litigious world, perhaps [for all this writer knows "that good faith in which the information was conveyed to me
while I myself was a model in NY, by certain of the parties indicated, could, in fact, have been errantly/derisively presented as fact; meant, though highly unlikely, to deceive me]----a re-write of the HISTORICAL RECORD {you, the reader, should be familiar with the pervasive "corporate" CYA acronym's meaning}: That is what all good entertainment lawyers and Ad agencies
render in their due courses, so as to protect their joint client | consultancy relationship and gravy-train(s)--it is that same CYA that you, too, frequently perform, so as to retain your "today's world" corp. gig, no?

Granted; then, you understand that this missive is posted with NO MALICIOUS INTENTION WHATSOEVR; but, in its bid to set-the-record straight for perpetuity. It deploys the rationale and supports its positions, with citations of relevant
tid-bits, conveyed herein.

Relatively speaking, with the scepter of averting any possible misleading linkage--
no matter the pure and clear artistic expression intended--sans imputing any sub-textual reading of it--to the BF cover, its creators and all others involved in its promotion/distribution and the like---sensitive to today's crazed and
wrapped "moralizing", that colors our "day and age of loony religious zealots" ... and, too, when the ilk of R. Polanski remains hunted down (and perhaps, in his case, rightfully so), can there remain any reason then that the historical
record, by said parties, would go targeted for "good old-fashioned orchestrated
scrubbing online: no kidding, right?

Hm.

Who in their right mind would or could blame anyone associated with BF and that of its otherwise innocuous, albeit otherwise splendid cover's artistic expression, would possible want "anything bad to come of it, or even talk of it"?

In such, as today's, anti-flesh aka a "morally" hostile environment--slotting such a possibly adverse "judgment call" in the current general mind-set ... for projection and assessment of possible infractions ... seems only prudent, no?

However, ancient Hypatia screams across the ages for us to "bear witness to the truth": so in that spirit, and if what is conveyed below is somehow, in-fact, proven inaccurate, then my hope remains in availing the truth of the matter: nothing more, nothing less.

So ... who really was BF's titan-hair young beauty, and what was she actually holding, and what
of its metaphorical and/or symbolic meaning(s)?

FACT CHECKS
I. CLAIM: "she's holding .... a model space ship" (?)
CONSIDER: "... Concorde completed its first supersonic flight on 1 October 1969 ... for the preceding year its advent filled the new and fired imaginations world-wide."

II. CONSIDER:
Additionally, pervasive, during the entire "hippie period", in "literature, lyrics and research", was the concept of FUTUROLOY: check the array of Books in Print, articles and news casts for the era. Quickly, the disingenuine back-peddling assertion (paraphrasing, from the comment posted above), "that one too young would look foolish", re BF's selection of the "right cover girl" for their debut ... album: a "real head turner", in 'eye-popping color", with a "jet-set hippie chic projecting at super-sonic speeds off of the page": ACHIEVED, no?

II. CATENATED ASSERTIONS?:
A certain titan-haired kid ie. girl, was aged
6 or 7-years old ... in 1969; later,
re-emerging in the early 1980's as one of
two Elite Model Management's (and the more
famous, if not exactly the more "even
featured") two top natural red-haired
female models ... in the world. Maria v H.,
the "frizzy/corkswrewed curly-haired" one,
of the pair, [the one with remarkably (then)
fashionable extra-thick "caterpillar
eyebrows": themselves a riotous natural
strawberry blonde" color rarely seen] would
go on to grace, and equally famous/artistic,
in its own right, ELLE cover, VOGUE(S) et al
fashion magazine covers, including several
spreads in the coveted

Sports Illustrated issues; mean-while, Nancy D., the slightly taller of the stunning pair of titans, carrying her classically even facial features-framed in razor-straight carrot-red hair pony-tail--would, too, attain a modicum of success of numerous top-designers and editors ... but would shorten her own career, by "dropping out to have a kid". Our two mentioned red-heads--who ruled that particular hairesque-niche of NY's '80s fashion scene ... only sharing a portion of its "high paying catalog contracts" realm, with FORD MODEL AGENCY'S own natural titan-haired gal, no other than Katherine R. ... shared professional bonds and personal friendship [with years later our Maria v H. jumping ship to FORD from ELITE.

NOTE: Even the brightest hued red-heads' hair does not ALWAYS photograph as such; a titan's hair displays its brightness/tonality, contingent upon numerous media factors

HOWEVER, only one of those three gals .... began her life and career astride Rock and Roll's high-speed highway: she alone ... might well prove to be our elusive and stunning--albeit very young--KELTIO titan-haired FUTUROLOGY HARBINGGER, no?

III. Ginger Baker's consanguinity ... to whom? Hm.

Finished.
- FlowerChildrenSoeak, New York City, NY
This tune really takes me back in time. My friend Steve and I were teenagers teaching ourselves guitar by playing records over and over, and we really drilled on this one. Steve had a good falsetto and could cop the Winwood vocal fairly well. Dude was only 17 at the time, but he really seemed to feel the lyrics. Me, I just thought the guitar playing was way cool. Steve passed away a few years ago, and I can't hear this song without having a sharp pang of nostalgia. Definitely one of the best, ever.
- Tony, Eugene, OR
It was said that Sharon Tate was playing this
when Charles Manson and his band of misfits
broke into her home in Bel Air.
- Craig, San Diego, CA
From the first time I heard the album, right after its release in '69, I've considered this song one of the Top 10 songs ever! To this day it gives me chills...and I find no hidden message in it. Just great R&R music! Winwood's smooth voice, Clapton's guitar and God love Ginger Baker and his drums! Baker always had a beat and style all his own. BTW, Rick Grech (Gretch???) shows up in Blind Faith from a group called 'Family' and then, as far as I know, is never heard from again. I guess so goes the lonely life of a bassist.
- Rabitt, Sugar Land, TX
This song is the earmark of that special time
that was the late 60's.
- Craig, San Diego, CA
Steve Winwood brings spirituality into a "redemptive focus" (Sea of Joy, Can't Find My Way Back Home"). Dennis' comments above are correct, viewed through the prism Winwood intended- that conversations you have with "yourself" on matters spiritual are guided by the Holy Spirit that lies in each of us. We may not always be able to "find our way back home", but with blind faith (or more likely, the beginning of an awakening of faith), and His help, we are able.
- Wes, South Pasadena, CA
yeah, wasted in my back patio...only 32 and can't find my way back home to my man...he's sleeping inside...it's 2008 ... but there's gotta be more than this...
- Lisa, downey, CA
Haven't you idiots ever been "near the end and just ain't got the time. And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home"? I experienced that feeling MANY times in the 70's. LOL You people read too much in songs.
- R.H., Pauls Valley, OK
Amo Mozart, Telemann, Bach, Miles, Parker, Dylan, Charles, King, Waters, Clapton y desde niño estoy escuchando rock'n'roll, blues y clásicos entre otros, pero éste rolón del Maestro Winwood se quedo sin madre. Pienso y siento es EXCELSA, DIOS debe haber estado junto a él cuando la escribió.

I THOROUGHLY ENJOYE AND LOVE MUSIC mainly rock, jazz, blues and clasics among other types of music and in particular I DO THINK AND FEEL THIS ONE PIECE IS SUBLIME, GOD must have inspired good ol' Steve
- JOSELUIS, VERACRUZ, Mexico
This song was also co-written with Charlie Wayne Morrill just ask ole Stevie Winwood yourself if you don't believe me although the politics in music business hasn't acknowledged him the bragging rights he deserves. go to ASCAP 's website he freakin wrote this song.
- Dave, Nashville, TN
To answer the meaning of this song, I think only Steve could answer this honestly but I read an interview and Steve Winwood told the interviewer that the song was written for a dear friend and his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.
He said he wrote it as if it were himself struggling and a inter discussion with himself. Pretty deep huh?

Come down off your thrown and leave your body alone
Somebody must change. (Struggle between physical addiction and spiritual awakening. )

You are the reason I've been waiting here so long. (Again, he has been waiting for himself to return from addiction. The addict is not who he is.)
Somebody holds the key. (he does)

I've been up and I just dont have the time and I'm wasted and I can't find my way home. (home is him, A lost aging man wasted on drugs trying to find himself......home)
Chords to this song as performed by Blind Faith
A,G,D,C and E
- dennis, st. louis, MO
In my opinion its the 3rd best song of all time behind only "Yesterday" and "Imagine". Stevie Wynwood does an incredible job on vocals and Clapton is well, Clapton on guitar.In my opinion "Blind Faith" was the best ever "put together super group" even if there was only one album and I believe one tour. It's a shame they didn't stay together longer but I assume egos got in the way.
- Bart, Westmont, NJ
Everyone assumed it was Ginger Baker's daughter, a fact which Baker somewhat let propogate. In reality Jerry is 100% correct. When I intervewed Ginger he seemed very much amused by this rumor.

Be safe.

Gary-Seattle
- Gary, Seattle, WA
The girl was holding a Spaceship (not a hood ornament or model)
The space ship was made by Mick Milligan, a jeweler at the Royal College of Art and the girl was the little sister of the original girl selected.
http://www.angelfire.com/wi/blindfaith/vvcov69.html

Jerry, Sac Ca.
- Jerry, Sacramento, CA
Could anyone help me to know the meaning of the words? is it a song about the death? about someone who's going to die? I'm not english and so I have some problems...
Thank You!!
- Riccardo, Udine, Italy
I disagree. "Sea of Joy" is a fantastic song, but I think this is the best Blind Faith song. Plus, the girl on the cover is NOT Ginger Baker's daughter, as is so often rumoured.
- Rory, New York, NY
i think SEA OF JOY is the best song on that album.
- trish, old forge, PA
The girl on the cover is the daughter of
drummer Ginger Baker.
- Rick, Montreal, Canada
I saw Mark Knopfler play this along side Eric Clapton in Hartford ten years ago.. Knopfler was sitting in with Clapton's band and the two played with such passion and precision. Both played with paper thin acoustic guitars. Every so often,, one would look at the others fingers to make sure they were on the same sheet of music. Bassist, Nathan East sang the song while wearing a Huck Finn straw hat.
But what does me mean "Come down off your throne"? and leave your body alone? Self rightious behavior?

I saw Winwood sing this song seven months ago,, and It sounded like it did in the sixties. Incredible,, Winwood's voice and the careful tapestry of the lyrics have produced one of the finest songs ever recorded.
- vincent, newington, CT
This is such a good song. I'm about to go on a trip but I don't have the heart to turn it off, which I'll be yelled at for doing soon. More people should comment here!!!!!!!!!
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
Good Song beats the song Had To Cry Today
- nathan, l-burg, KY
It's on the "Deluxe Edition" of their album, and it kicks major ass.
- Evan, Fullerton, CA
There is a version out now with electric guitar. Sounds good, too.
- mark, los angeles, CA
On the album cover, the girl was holding a hood ornament from an old American made car i.e. Oldsmobile, not a modle airplane.
- John, Stockton, CA
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