THE ORIGINAL LYRICS from Gil Roman!
What a treat! "michruth" just posted the original lyrics to "Back When My Hair Was Short" - "michruth" was good enough to ask Gil Roman (the singer of the song), for the lyrics to the first version. Below is the reply from Gil, as well as the lyrics.
Thank you Gil!
Gil Roman emailed me his original lyrics! What a guy. I will post them for you in parts due to space limitations.
Part one: his email reply to me:
Hi Mike, Nice of you to send me an e-mail about the song. I don't know if I said it on the U-Tube reply but the original lyrics went along with a differnt recording of the song that was slower.
Its on the first version of the second album. We put it out twice, with some songs re-recorded. One was, Back When My Hair Was Short.
So here's how it originally went. I'm glad the song left you with fond memories, left me with some too.
Yours in a song,
Back when my hair was short I was a white sock sport,
Only beer parties till three. College appealed to me, eastern philosophy
Feeding my mind. LSD, THC, STP
I was into a heavy scene, reading screw magazines, Seeing three concerts a week
An honest to god hippie freak, too busy eating to speak
Except about Love
I knew all kinds of Love, Love of a man for his brother, And love to rip off on another,
while screaming right on!
Back when my hair was short before I'd been to court, for selling dope to some kids, Only a couple of lids, they stood around and made bids
And talked about Love, they were experts on Love, Love of a man for his vision, and Love to make no real decisions when they're called upon
Soon when my hair is short I'll make a full report, Of how I came back alive, And what it takes to survive, wringing the truth out of jive
I'll tell you of Love, I knew all kinds of Love, Love of a man for his neighbor, and Love to put nails in your savior, then cry when he's gone. END
Back When My Hair Was Short - Gunhill Road - Karma Sutra Records 1973 -
Gunhill Road released a trio of LPs in the 1970's. The first release, on Mercury Records, was Gun Hill Road First Stop in 1971. The second album, Gunhill Road, was released in 1972 and produced by Kenny Rogers. It was remixed and rereleased in 1973 to great success from the track Back When My Hair Was Short. The original recording had heavy drug references while the remix was a growing up story about everything remaining the same. The album received great reviews, and was often featured on many FM and college radio stations. The band members were Glenn Leopold, Steven Goldrich, and Gil Roman. Gunhill Road recorded 42nd Street with three different producers: Jay Leer, Kenny Rogers, and Kenny Kerner. Back When My Hair Was Short was recorded twice. The original version released in 1972 has more edgy lyrics than the radio ready 1973 release.