Cream – Anyone For Tennis

I had just graduated and I had heard a lot of Cream before but it was a spring day and I had a new cassette of them in my car…I heard this song with the windows down and at first, I thought…no this can’t be Cream. It grew on me and I love the song. I like when a band does something different. After blitzing audiences with Crossroads, Whiteroom, Sunshine of Your Love, and Strange Brew…out comes this song. It’s not my favorite Cream song…that would be Badge but this one always makes me smile.

The song was written by Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp for the movie “Savage Seven.” It reached #64 on the Billboard Charts in America in 1968.

Unfortunately, this was nearing the end of Cream’s run.

Cream appeared on the Smothers Brothers and mimed this song. Who the hell knows what it means but when I heard “And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice. Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?” I was hooked. It’s hard to get it out of your head once you listen to it.

Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears
The auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
While the beggars stain the pavements with fluorescent Christmas cheer
And the Bentley driving guru is putting up his price.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope
With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind colliding scopes
And you can tell they’re all the same underneath the pretty lies.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo
You can bring a bowl of rice and then a glass of water too
And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

6 thoughts on “Cream – Anyone For Tennis”

  1. What a great band– and song…. now The Smothers Brothers I wish they would for a release of all the Smothers Brothers television shows- that would be nice!!

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    1. They proved that great musicians can make music with soul… One of my favorite bands. I wish they would have lasted a little long… I’m greedy.
      Yes I would like to see those Smothers Brothers shows… I saw a short clip of George Harrison on the show when Hey Jude came out.

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      1. I didn’t get into Cream until later than I should have–but they are outstanding- for a brief period of time one of the best bands in the universe…. i watched the smothers brothers as a kid- probably didn’t catch all their jokes at the time– i see there are best of smothers brothers season 1, 2, 3 out there but no complete seasons. has to be some legal issues?

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      2. Probably legal issues and some music rights also. I wish Cavett would release his to download… he has a few different discs… from what I saw of the Smothers Brothers I really liked it. I know, like the Cavett show artists wanted to be on the Smothers Brothers show… plus they are funny.

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