Blackberry Way

Album: Shazam (2007 reissue) (1968)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by band frontman Roy Wood. That's Richard Tandy on the harpsichord, and Trevor Burton on bass, who apparently was put off by the dreary nature of this song and left the group soon after. We hope it won't bring you down to point out that several members of The Move eventually went on to form Electric Light Orchestra.
  • "Blackberry Way" is often cited as an "answer song" to the Beatles' "Penny Lane." It has similarity with "Penny Lane," only with much darker lyrics and a melancholy mood. The bridge is lifted from the intro of Harry Nilsson's "Good Old Desk." When it was put to him in an interview, Roy Wood admitted the influence of "Penny Lane" on this song. He said: "I suppose it could have been. We were all very influenced by what The Beatles were doing because they were the best songwriters around."
  • Collectors won't want to miss Shazam - its cover art features cartoon art of the band as comic-book superheros, Each with a letter on their chest spelling out M-O-V-E - and lotsa '70s hair.
  • The Move is one of the most successful bands to have never made a showing across the pond in the US. They can't all be part of the British invasion! >>
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Comments: 5

  • Les from FranceBlackberry Way was the title track to a film I watched as a kid in the ABC kids cinema club. That was back in the early 60's. The film was about a lot of hippies taking over a furniture store but cannot remember the name of the film and it does not seem to be listed in any website about the song and the Move.
  • Bengan from SwedenYes. Blackberry Way was included as a bonus track on some of the remastered records. 2007 and 2016.

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  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandAn alternative mix of Blackberry Way was included on the 2007 reissue of Shazam.
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThe band's only number one in the UK.
  • Ed from Canton, OhGet your songfacts straight. Blackberry Way was not on the Shazam album. It was released as a single in December 1968 and the Shazam album was released in 1970. But you are right, the Shazam cover is pretty cool - it has the 60's feel all over it.
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