Comin' Back To Me

Album: Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
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  • In a 2018 interview with Shindig magazine, Marty Balin said that he wrote this song after smoking a joint with Paul Butterfield.

    "I was in my room and I tell you, I couldn't find my legs," Balin said of that smoke session. "I got up and went to the guitar. Bam! In five minutes the song came out."

    Balin rushed to the studio where he found Jerry Garcia and Jack Cassidy. He asked them to play and asked the sound engineer to start the tape. They did the song in a single take.

    Balin didn't think any more of the song, because it was so soft that it couldn't be played live, but it went on to become one of Airplane's fan favorites.
  • When performing this live with Jefferson Starship, singer Marty Balin almost always introduced the song with a reference to the Surrealistic Pillow sessions, mentioning Jerry Garcia as having played the guitar parts on the original studio version.
  • Grace Slick played the recorder on this. >>
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    Mark - Hot Springs, CA, for above 2
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Comments: 8

  • Ed from Lebanon, NhA wonderful cover version was made by Richie Havens ... who died today (on Earth day) of 2013.
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnThis song in and of ITSELF makes 'Pillow' a joy to listen to.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesA sadly restful song for a rainy Sunday afternoon in early autumn.
  • Jessica from Gardiner, MeThis is my favorite song of all time. I think it is so beautiful. IMHO, I think it is about unrequitted love.
  • Darren from Winnipeg, MbThis song was also in "Flashback" with Keiffer Southerlund and Dennis Hopper.
  • Victoria from Tacoma, Wa"It was a story about a breakup I was going through, and that situation where it's gotten into your head too much. Partially because somebody else is telling you that you're only hearing what you want to, and that puts you in a little bit of a tailspin."
  • Victoria from Tacoma, WaYou came to stay, live my way, scatter my love like leaves in the wind.
    You always say you won't go away but I know what it always has been.
    If only both Marty and the girl had been able to communicate, his feelings for her are clear in the song, she loved him too. Her life was never the same.
  • Barry from Greenville, NcGreat song! It was featured in "Without Limits," a 1998 film about the late legendary runner Steve Prefontaine.
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