I have a friend visiting who might like this. I sang this with her, and then with my band in college.Actually I don't recall any woman I knew having a "nightgown of regal lace flowing to the ground in the mist around her," so I assume this was an aspirational, rather than descriptive lyric. Maybe I just didn't hang out with the right crowd.
I remember being completely mesmerized by this song when we used to sign it together, back in the early 1970's. I made the mistake of listening to the lyrics this time, and now, after 50 years of knowing and loving the song, I have to admit that I have no earthly idea what it is about. Funny that.
Imagistic. See also Neil Young and things like "Cinnamon Girl." It's just words that sound good together and give a fleeting image. Meaning is actually a problem.
They played at my Massachusetts High School. Very cool.
Regal lace doesn't flow in a mist anywhere, so that's why you don't recall such a thing. For a 'flowing mist' effect, you need a batiste or very fine silk with minimal lace. Regal lace is for adorning heavy silks, like dupioni, and is usually heavily embroidered. It often features pearls, other small jewels, or sequins. It's for ball gowns, wedding gowns, and ballet costumes, not nightgowns.
@ Donna B - awesome. So they went for the sound of the words - to men - without fussing with details like what the material actually was. Love it.
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