Black Pearls
John Coltrane Lyrics


I've been runnin'
Since I don't know when
Runnin' in circles always brings me baby
Back again, Lord

Your black pearls baby
Ooh, won't let me leave
Ooh, like this

I got a gypsy heart
With a shotgun mind
That keeps me diggin' for gold
In a, a diamond mine Lord

Now I'm losing baby
Ooh, where to be
Your black pearls baby
Ooh, won't let me see

Now what am I gonna do, uh!

You know I got ta
Well, I got ta
You know I got ta
Ooh, I got ta

Leave in the mornin'
Leave fast as I can
Leave you all behind baby
Black pearls all in my hand

Leave in the mornin'
Oh, I've got ta
Leave it all behind
Leave you in the side baby
Have mercy
Black pearls all in my mind

You know why I'm gone

You know I got ta
Well, I got ta
You know I got ta
Ooh, I got ta

Well, I got ta
You know I got ta
You know I got ta
You know I...
You know I...
You know I got ta


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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Emilio Sanchez

I don't agree this is the best demonstration of Coltrane's "sheet of sounds".

Too much notes that smash against each other in those tunes and that spoil his solos. The real good sheets of sound of that brilliant period are in albums like "Traning in" (with the Red Garland Trio too), "Coltrane" also in Prestige and a few more, where Coltrane is in really good shape.

For Blue Note and Atlantic, in the marvelous "Blue Train" or "Giant Steps".

But I think that the sheets of sound of genius were played mostly by Coltrane among the Miles Davis Quintet, in "Kind of Blue" album (listen to "Freddie Freeloader" or "So what") or in the also famous "58's Sessions : Jazz at the Plaza" and "Live in Stockholm 1960".
Enjoy !

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Greg Lake

One of the first items I purchased upon returning from combat in Vietnam / USMC


Thank you for serving.

Allan Grivel

@Rob L yes thank you for serving Vietnamese people by leaving this country and giving peace a chance !!!


@Rob L some people didn't have a choice

Rob L

Thank you for serving!!

Murk Bitxh

Fuck the USA

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Joel Steinke

My favorite album cover

thomas franck

Where whis the trumpet?


No words are good enough to acknowledge this artists creative genius.


I love Soultrane, and so much from his "sheets of sound" period, like Milestones, all of the Monk and Coltrane recordings, but I think this album might be the best showcase of that style. And it doesn't hurt to have Donald Byrd on trumpet, and the lockdown rhythm section of the Red Garland Trio. Not to mention the master engineer, RVG. Great stuff Jarvis!

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