Strange Brew

Album: Disraeli Gears (1967)
Charted: 17
  • [Chorus:]
    Strange brew
    Kill what's inside of you.

    She's a witch of trouble in electric blue,
    In her own mad mind she's in love with you.
    With you.
    Now what you gonna do?

    [Chorus]

    She's some kind of demon messing in the glue.
    If you don't watch out it'll stick to you.
    To you.
    What kind of fool are you?

    [Chorus]

    On a boat in the middle of a raging sea,
    She would make a scene for it all to be
    Ignored.
    And wouldn't you be bored?

    [Chorus]

    Strange brew, strange brew.
    Strange brew, strange brew.

    [Chorus] Writer/s: ERIC PATRICK CLAPTON, FELIX PAPPALARDI, GAIL COLLINS
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Neel from IndiaHarry White - How high were you?
  • Harry White from CaliforniaLike the Beatles, Cream may have been set up by a branch of British Intelligence under MI5 who had connections to US intelligence to spread British culture into America. The Beatles were used to feminize the boys and Cream may have been used to get the youth to use drugs. British intel, like the Beatles, could have written some of the songs. For instance Sgt. Pepper refers to one of MI5's agents named Pepper who headed the branch in the US that put British rock and roll groups into the US culture. Disraeli was probably also a clue that MI5 was giving us, which was a draconian PM of Britain. Gears would be mean the machinations of his policies put into the album.
  • Pix from Along The Atlantic, FlThis was always one of my favorite Cream songs. The 'derailleur-disraeli' confusion is fascinating, and begs the question, "Huh, they didn't know the difference, or someone just thought it was a cooler album title that way, or an it had a cool, interesting back story?" Also I looked up Gail Collins, and they're def not the same people. Gail Collins Pappalardi b. 2 feb 1914, d. 6 dec 2013; Gail Collins of the NYT b. 25 nov 1945. But back to the Disreali thing, I knew at the time it was a name in British political history, but wondered what it had to do with the album concept, thinking it must have been some British cultural reference that had meaning to the band, perhaps as irony, really having no idea at all and maybe feeling a little let down, and went back to grooving to that amazing music :p (so after all these years I feel vindicated lol, thank you)
  • Alan from Morris Plains, NjActually "Strange Brew" was "lifted" from the blues tune "Crosscut Saw" by Albert King.
  • Jason from Denver, CoDo any of yous guys think this song had anything to the Bob and Doug McKenzie movie? eh...The title I mean.
  • Tony Brown from Adelaide, AustraliaAaaaaah so that's how it goes :) I always thought the first line was "Girl what's inside of you"
  • Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaEric Clapton admitted in his auto-biography that he never actually liked this song. Funny guy
  • Allison from A Little Ol' Town In, MiJack's voice is ssoooooo high. But it sounds really good. I LOVE CREAM
  • Don from Indianapolis, InI first "heard" of this song about 25 years ago on a cable TV show called "Night Flight" that aired on USA Network. They would always sprinkle a generous dose of what were then "classic" artists in with the current batch of videos they happen to be showing. I was hooked on Cream and this song the first time I saw it. It's as funky a take on the Blues as you will ever hear, and shows how they took an American born and universal concept...and made it their own. One of Cream's best...EVER!
  • Mac from Evanston, IlRe: Pappalardi: he was essential in producing a lot of latter-day Cream (including much of the studio half of "Wheels" and the post-breakup-released "Goodbye"). He played mellotron on Clapton's "Badge" on "Goodbye," a song also featuring a guitarist billed as "Angelo Misterioso" ("mysterious angel") on the highly phase-shifter rhythm guitar part. Angelo Misterioso was of course Clapton's pal George Harrison, returning the favor for Clapton playing the lead guitar part on George's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

    Pappalardi was later the bassist in the short-lived band Mountain, which launched to stardom guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie West (born Les Weinstein) and drummer Corky Laing, who later joined Jack Bruce in the short-lived West, Bruce, and Laing. It's true that Pappalardi was killed by gunshot in a domestic dispute with his wife in NYC. I do not think this Gail Collins is any relation to the Gail Collins who is the present-day editorial page editor of the NY Times. Can somebody please clarify this for me? Thanks.
  • Jim from Troy, NyCream did "Lawdy Mama" during their BBC Sessions. It sounds nothing like Strange Brew.

    Disraeli was a Prime Minister from the 19th Century. I believe the bike story, that the title comes from a joke.
  • Martijn from Helmond, NetherlandsThe 'derailleur-disraeli' confusion is definitely true. I read in an interview it Clapton that was published around the time the album came out. (Yes, I'm that old.) The fact that Disraeli was also the name of a former British prime minister from the days of Queen Victoria is really irrelevant.
  • Floyd from Syracuse, NyIT IS POSSIBLE that the album title is supposed to remind one of the gear system on a 10 speed bike. For those who are really in the K N O W...
    DISRAELI was a big fish in British politics and CREAM was a British band. "Duhh" Orion, Memphis, NY
  • Janet from Perth, AustraliaOne of Cream's best songs.
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