I’m not a huge fan of the musical Hair. Mostly, I just don’t understand it. I’ve seen it two or three times and still leave the theatre unable to recall what just happened and what kind of acid trip I have just witnessed. Secondly, I completely botched “Let the Sunshine In” in an audition for the musical at my high school, and I’ve never quite recovered.

However, while I was listening to the original soundtrack again and prepping my usual lyric commentary, I realized how great most of the songs are. Like really. The lyrics are rich with pop-culture word-smithing. The arrangements are unexpected, layered, and just the perfect level of chaos. So maybe my problem is with the staging or the plot. I don’t know. Cause the actual music is great.

One of my lyrics from the show (hear it in #5 and reprised in #27) brought me to Manchester England England. And it doesn’t take a genius genius to love this city.

Click here for to listen to the album on Spotify. Scroll down for my commentary. Stay tuned for a new Manchester-inspired playlist. 

Guess I should say please 😉


1. Aquarius

No more falsehoods or derisions

Golden living dreams of visions

Mystic crystal revelation

And the mind’s true liberation

2. Sodomy

3. Donna/Hashish

Oh, Donna, oh oh, Donna, oh oh oh

4. Colored Spade

5. Manchester

Manchester England England

Across the Atlantic Sea

And I’m a genius genius

I believe in God

I believe that God believes in Claude

That’s me

6. Abie Baby/Four Score

7. I’m Black/Ain’t Got No

8. Air

Welcome, sulfur dioxide

Hello, carbon monoxide

The air, the air is everywhere

Breath deep while you sleep

Breath deep

9. Party Music

10. My Conviction

This is supposed to be annoying, right?

11. I Got Life

On the optimism scale (with 1 being “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails and 10 being “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music), this is probably a 7.

12. Frank Mills

13. Hair

Yaaas! Tempo changes, choral elements, dizzying lyrics, falsetto, an reference to the national anthem. Everything about this song is just great.

14. L.B.J.

Like 90% of the lyrics are just letters. It’s genius.

15. Electric Blues/Old Fashioned Melody

16. Hare Krishna

God. Help. Me. So great. The first part. The middle part. The end. All of it. Great.

17. Where Do I Go?

18. Black Boys

19. White Boys

20. Walking In Space

21. Easy To Be Hard

22. 3-5-0-0

23. Good Morning Starshine

24. What A Piece Of Work Is Man

25. Somebody To Love

26. Don’t Put It Down

27. The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)

Like I said, I have a personal reason not to like this song, but I do have to admit it’s a great finale song.

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