For Keith Emerson…

Who left us on Friday, March 11.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer were a revelation to me. Musicians who bridged the gap between classical and rock music — along with other prog rockers like Yes, showed this young woman how cool classical music could be.  This is one of their loveliest songs both musically and lyrically. And although, Emerson’s keyboards aren’t a strong feature of this song, they subtly add texture and substance to this beautiful piece.  This song was special to someone once dear to me, so it evokes a poignant memory…

“Still… You Turn Me On”

Do you wanna be an angel
Do you wanna be a star
Do you wanna play some magic on my guitar
Do you wanna be a poet
Do you wanna be my string
You could be anything

Do you wanna be the lover of another
Undercover you could even be the man on the moon

Do you wanna be the player
Do you wanna be the string
Let me tell you something
It just don’t mean a thing

You see it really doesn’t matter
When you’re buried in disguise
By the dark glass on your eyes
Though your flesh has crystallized

Still…you turn me on
Still…you turn me on
Mmmm…you turn me on

Do you wanna be the pillow where I lay my head
Do you wanna be the feathers lying in my bed
Do you wanna be the cover of a magazine
Create a scene

Every day a little sadder
A little madder
Someone get me a ladder

Do you wanna be the singer
Do you wanna be the song
Let me tell you something
You just couldn’t be more wrong

You see I really have to tell you
That it all gets so intense
From my experience
It just doesn’t seem to make sense

Still…you turn me on
Mmmm…you turn me on, yeah
Mmmm…you turn me on.

Header image credit: Gijsbert Hankeroot via Getty Images

8 thoughts on “For Keith Emerson…

    1. That’s wonderful! I credit bands like ELP for helping to appreciate different kinds of music. Classical and jazz are not cool to a young teen. My high school music teacher used “Pictures At An Exhibition” to introduce the two sides of the coin.

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