Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home

Blind Faith was a Supergroup made up of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech. They released just one album… The album peaked at #1 in the Billboard Album Chart, Canada, and the UK in 1969.

It was written by Steve Winwood with acoustic guitar playing by Eric Clapton and percussion by Ginger Baker. Many artists have covered this song but I’ve never heard anyone that can match the original.

Winwood wrote this and sang lead. Many critics thought that Blind Faith sounded a lot more like Traffic than Clapton’s Cream, which is what Clapton was going for.

This song was on the “Blind Faith” album in 1969. Blind Faith was only together for this album, a debut concert in Hyde Park, a Scandinavia and USA tour and then broke up shortly afterwards.

In concert they performed Cream and Traffic songs, which delighted the crowd and annoyed Eric Clapton greatly. These audiences preferred their older material instead of the newer Blind Faith songs.

Clapton began spending more time with opener Delaney Bramlett and less time with his own band, which prompted a 21-year-old Steve Winwood to take a more driving role in the band. Eventually, Clapton left the group following their final show in Hawaii.

This song never gets old to me.

From Songfacts

Clapton played acoustic guitar on this track, which is something he rarely did. In his previous group, Cream, he played long, intense solos, something he wanted to get away from with Blind Faith.

The album was released in the UK with a cover photo of an 11-year-old girl named Mariora Goschen. The cover photo because as famous as the album itself, since it showed Goschen naked and holding a model spaceship (a different cover with a band photo was used in the US and for stores that wanted an alternative in the UK).

Bob Seidemann came up with the concept and took the photo, which represents humankind’s relationship with technology (this was when the mission to put a man on the moon was big news). The band wasn’t yet named, and when Seidemann took the photo, he called it “Blind Faith.” Clapton decided that should be the name of the band.

Clapton sometimes plays this at his concerts, with a member of his band singing. His bass player Nathan East would often sing it.

A common misconception is that Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood reunited at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, July 28, 2007, however, the first true live reunion occurred two months earlier at an event called Countryside Rocks at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, UK on May 19, 2007. Steve Winwood performed his set and Eric came on later as a guest. Together they played this song as well as “Watch Your Step,” “Presence of the Lord,” “Crossroads,” “Little Queen Of Spades,” “Had to Cry Today” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

The band House of Lords covered this on their 1990 album Sahara. Other artists to record it include Joe Cocker, Yvonne Elliman, Gilberto Gil and Widespread Panic.

Can’t Find My Way Home

Come down off your throne and leave your body alone
Somebody must change
You are the reason I’ve been waiting all these years
Somebody holds the key

Well, I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time
And I’m wasted and I can’t find my way home

I can’t find my way home
But I can’t find my way home
But I can’t find my way home
But I can’t find my way home
Still I can’t find my way home

And I’ve done nothing wrong
But I can’t find my way home

Author: Badfinger (Max)

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

39 thoughts on “Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home”

  1. The 11-year-old wasn’t naked, she was topless. It is a societal norm that girls and women always wear shirts, but there is no clear age cutoff that says when a girl is to old to be topless and in Europe, they see things differently. This girl had little boobies at the time, so she was too old to be photographed that way and her parents were coerced and she was only paid $40. These people that did that to her should be in jail.

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    1. That is why I didn’t touch that (no pun intended) in my part of the writeup.
      It’s also the time period…by the 80s this would not have flown.
      Her parents too have a big role in it. I did look her up last night…I was happy she lives a good life and is happy. No way I would let a daughter do that…for 40 or 40,000.

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    1. Yea and none lasted a long time but they made the best of it. Clapton…Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos…that is pretty good!

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  2. great song and a lot of talent in that band. Ric Grech though – one of these things is not like the other. How did he manage to not become a household name when the other 3 all went on to bigger and better?

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    1. I know what you mean…he was known as a great bass player…I read where in a few years he became a carpet salesman and basically drank himself to death and died at 43. A really sad story.


    1. Well I replaced the link later in the day…I just checked it on my end it showed the right one… but I’ve had this happen before….I just replaced it again…thank you for the heads up!

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      1. When I saw Eric…the bass player did it I believe… but it seems like I do remember him singing it…maybe the second time I saw him.

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  3. Clapton’s underappreciated 1975 live album, EC Was Here, has two Blind Faith tunes, Presence of the Lord and Can’t Find My Way Home with Yvonne Elliman, who was in the touring group, singing Winwood’s part. It’s a really great version.

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    1. The fact that you were there is pretty special.
      You would not see a gathering that big today without cell phone booths selling accessories and gian logo banners.

      Well in the now…you would NOT see a gathering at all!


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