She Was Born To Be My Unicorn

by ZolarCzakl on June 9, 2005 · 2 comments

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It’s no secret that alphamonkey and I love Marc Bolan, that loveable dainty Brit rock god and creative force behind 70’s glam band T. Rex. This man who once proclaimed “Give me a C-major chord and I’ll give you a thousand melodies” had a knack for writing truly great songs that also just happened to have some of the worst lyrics of all time. It takes balls to sing “I got a powder-keg leg and my wig’s all pooped for you” while wearing a feather boa and fending off hundreds of nubile beauties who want to rip your clothes off. He had an incredible amount of confidence and didn’t care if anyone thought he was ridiculous. 

Barely known in America for the song “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”, T. Rex was about the biggest thing in England in the early part of the 1970’s. Many a girls’ panties were thrown at Marc’s feet during this period of “T-Rextacy”, which swept the country like the second coming of the Beatles.

But only five short years earlier this guitar heavy RAWK band was quite a different animal. They sported not only a longer moniker (Tyrannosaurus Rex) but consisted of only Marc on acoustic guitar and some guy on bongos who named himself after a character in Lord of the Rings. They made four albums of extreme hippy-dippy folk rock before shortening the name, going electric, and wearing tighter pants. These first four albums have recently been reissued on CD in England and I figured now would be an appropriate time to bring attention to the plethora of ridiculous song titles contained within these albums.

From My People Were Fair and Had Sky In Their Hair… But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows (1968):

Hot Rod Mama


Chateau In Virginia Waters

Dwarfish Trumpet Blues

Graceful Fat Sheba

Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)

From Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages (1968)


Stacey Grove

Wind Quartets

Trelawney Lawn

Aznageel the Mage

Salamanda Palaganda

Our Wonderful Brownskin Man

O Harley (The Saltimbaques)

The Travelling Tragition

Juniper Suction

One Inch Rock

From A Beard of Stars (1969)

A Day Laye

Woodland Bop

Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart

Pavilions of Sun

Wind Cheetah

Dragon’s Ear

Demon Queen

Once Upon The Seas of Abyssinia

Blessed Wild Apple Girl

Find A Little Wood

From Unicorn (1970)

Chariots of Silk

‘Pon A Hill

Cat Black (The Wizard’s Hat)

She Was Born to Be My Unicorn

Like a White Star, tangled and far, Tulip that’s what you are

Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles

Romany Soup

Pewter Suitor

King of the Rumbling Spires

Once Marc changed the name and image of the band, he kept some of the goofy mystical lyrics but dumped the hippyish song titles. This made way for titles such as “Jeepster”, “Hot Love”, “The Slider”, “Rock On”, “Telegram Sam”, and later “You’ve Got To Jive To Stay Alive” (but we won’t talk about the ill-fated later period of T. Rex).

Ah, the late 60’s…

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  • MonkeeDoo

    “Find A Little Wood”, the classic tune about the first meeting between Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn. . .

    All the ladies wanted him.  Bowie and John Peel probably would have had a go.  Slash stole his hat and propensity for Les-Paul-as-penile-edifice posturing.  What a man.

    Too bad Ziggy and all that coke sent him to an early grave.  Well, the car accident probably didn’t help.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Well, Marc Bolan’s worst enemy was his own super-inflated ego.  But yah, that car wreck wasn’t particularly helpful.

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