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Reflections Of My Life



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This overly-dramatic ballad from the Age of Aquarius finds the singer describing a very bleak outlook on life and the times. The song was sort of a Hippie version of The Blues. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
The Marmalade were a Scottish pop group who enjoyed several hits in the UK between 1968 and 1976. Originally a band called Dean Ford & The Gaylords, they changed their name to Marmalade in 1967. They are best remembered in Britain for their cover of the Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" which topped the UK charts around Christmas 1968. In 1969, they signed to Decca Records, and their contract gave them complete freedom to write and produce their own records. The fruits of this arrangement was the recording of this song with its distinctive backwards guitar break, which was their only American hit.
This song was written by vocalist Dean Ford and the band's main songwriter, keyboardist Junior Campbell. Campbell went on to pen the theme from the British TV series Thomas The Tank Engine, which was narrated in its first 2 seasons by Ringo Starr.
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Comments (12):

i love this song so much.....the words and music are amazing....will be my funeral song for sure
- ruth, glasgow, United Kingdom
When this song came out I was about 14 years old and the line about the world being a terrible place made me think about the Viet Nam war and all the other terrible things that happened in the 60s.
- Randy, Houghton Lake, MI
This song was used in the movie Daltry Calhoun with Johnny Knoxville. Hearing unexpectedly in a movie just makes it larger then life. I love this song.
- David, Lakeland, FL
An appropriate song for anyone comtemplating suicide.
- Adrian, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Actually had the 45 of this song back in the day. Still absolutely love it.
- Cyndy, Ashland, WI
Sounds like the acoustic guitar intro to "a day in the life" because is uses the same chord progression in the first 12 bars
- claudio, Tijuana,
i have listened to this song a thousand times and it's as good now as back in 69, a true classic. i think i'll have it played at my wake
- ed, lake city, FL
Absolutely beautiful song, Amazing harmonizing!!! Beautiful guitar playing also! This song came here to the States when I was 14, it has been one song that always stayed with me throughout the years. Loved it then, love it now! Always knew it had been sung by the Marmalades, never saw them until this week on "You Tube" Thank you "You Tube"!!!!! 7/24/08
- Linda, fall river, MA
Is it me or the beginning of the song sound precisely like "A Day in the Life" By The Beatles?
But any who, this song is awesome!
- Victor, New York, NY
I think this song is just superb, but it's not the Marmalade's only good song. Check out songs such as 'Rainbow', 'Loving Things', 'Cousin Norman', 'Radancer', and 'Lady Of Katrine'. Dean Ford had a soft, soothing voice, and the band had great harmonies and great instrumental backing.
- Giveusakiss, Geelong, Australia
This song was used in a recent American (USA) documentary about a subject (good/bad/right/wrong) during the closing credits which was all very 'feel-good'. My memory recalled the song but I could not find it without much effort. I couldn't even identify the vocalists/band. I'm glad this song is is included here. It is worthy to be remembered through the ages.

John Martin, 46, Fort Worth
- john, Fort Worth, TX
A stunning band really. So many fabulous songs they did! I particularly like Radancer and Falling Apart At The Seams.
- Vallerius, moscow, Europe
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