5. jan, 2018

nr. 80. Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - The Green Manalishi (1969)

Gepubliceerd op 7 sep. 2014

This was one of the last songs that Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green wrote for the band; it came at a time when he was taking LSD and having violent nightmares.

As Green explained in a 1996 interview with Mojo, the song is about the evils of money: the Green Manalishi was the devil manifested as a wad of cash. Green explained: "I had a dream where I woke up and I couldn't move, literally immobile on the bed. I had to fight to get back into my body. I had this message that came to me while I was like this, saying that I was separate from people like shop assistants, and I saw a picture of a female shop assistant and a wad of pound notes, and there was this other message saying,
'You're not what you used to be. You think you're better than them. You used to be an everyday person like a shop assistant, just a regular working person.' I had been separated from it because I had too much money. So I thought, How can I change that?"