Tox Tunes #113: Legend of a Mind (Moody Blues)

January 15, 2018, 12:28 am

“Legend of a Mind” is about Timothy Leary, the one-time Harvard professor of psychology and 1960s LSD-mountebank Timothy Leary, whom Richard Nixon once called the “most dangerous man in America.”

Timothy Leary’s Dead
No, no, he’s outside looking in
He’ll fly his astral plane
Takes you trips around the bay
Brings you back the same day
Timothy Leary, Timothy Leary

Despite this funereal first verse, the song long pre-dated Leary’s death in 1996, and appeared on The Moody Blues 1968 progressive rock album In Search of the Lost Chord. “Legend of a Mind” was written by the band’s flautist Ray Thomas, who also performs the lead vocals. Thomas died last week in England at the age of 76. The Moody Blues will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.

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