Badge (Clapton, Harrison, [Starkey​]​)

from Tributes 1 by Robert Svilpa



(Rob speaking) - Growing up in Canada, being a Rush fan and blown away by Van Halen's first album, I read that both Alex Lifeson and Eddie VH were hugely influenced by Eric Clapton and Cream. So at the same time that I bought Jimi's "Are You Experienced" I also bought "Wheels of Fire" (with the song "White Room") and "Goodbye" (that had "Badge"). Badge has that unmistakable Harrison twist in it - the melody line and the quirky lyric that say Beatles without screaming it out. But it was the Bridge (Harrison's terrible handwriting got it misinterpreted as Badge - hence the name of the song) that was the big hook of the song - the solo Red Les Paul guitar arpeggio through the phase shifted Marshall amp that I know Alex Lifeson picked up and used throughout his career in so many ways.

Here's our take on the song, pulled from a 2005 session in my home garage on a night that the Sheriff came over at 10 pm because of a noise complaint, but said he stayed in the car (and we saw that he sat there) for 20 minutes just listening to us running through the set enjoying the tunes. Eventually he came to the door, said that there was a complaint, and then when we explained what was happening he told us he would be doing a very long circuit around the entire county that would take 90 minutes to do before he would drive by again to see if we were still playing. And he said that if it were up to him, we would open the garage door so that people would see it was real musicians playing and not a teenager cranking his stereo late in the evening.

Nice guy! Never had another experience like that one since...


Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.

I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel.

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.

Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.

(source - Google Play)


from Tributes 1, released July 10, 2016
Guitar, vocal, keyboards - Rob
bass guitar - Brian Timpe
drums - the unknown drummer...


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Robert Svilpa is an independent Progressive Rock multi-instrumental artist, vocalist & musician with four full releases available on Spotify, Amazon Music, YT Music, iTunes, Pandora & many other networks.

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