Traffic — 40,000 Headmen (Live)
Album: Welcome To The Canteen
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:01
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Forty thousand headmen couldn't make me change my mind
If I had to take the choice between the deafman and the blind
I know just where my feet should go and that's enough for me
I turned around and knocked them down and walked across the sea

Hadn't traveled very far when suddenly I saw
Three small ships a-sailing out towards a distant shore
So lighting up a cigarette I followed in pursuit
And found a secret cave where they obviously stashed their loot

Filling up my pockets, even stuffed it up my nose
I must have weighed a hundred tons between my head and toes
I ventured forth before the dawn had time to change its mind
And soaring high above the clouds I found a golden shrine

Laying down my treasure before the iron gate
Quickly rang the bell hoping I hadn't come too late
But someone came along and told me not to waste my time
And when I asked him who he was he said, 'Just look behind'

So I turned around and forty thousand headmen bit the dirt
Firing twenty shotguns each and man, it really hurt
But luckily for me they had to stop and then reload
And by the time they'd done that I was heading down the road
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8 to 9.
 leafmold wrote:
Anyone hear "Diamonds and Rust"?

 
I believe this song was released a few years before "Diamonds and Rust".  The melodies do sound similar in spots (especially both being in minor keys), but the chord progressions are different.
Man that flute and Windwoods voice, still gives me goose bumps 45 years later. 8
{#Roflol}   one of my fav's by traffic
Intriguing lyrics.
 leafmold wrote:
Anyone hear "Diamonds and Rust"?
 
Every time.
Anyone hear "Diamonds and Rust"?
saw them play this song during the concert tour stop in Anaheim, California.  Still fond memories of a great concert.
 flyboy50 wrote:
Purple Microdot

 
Purple barrels.  Probably some really cheap bathtub stuff, but it did work!
{#Guitarist}Thanks Bill
The usual rambling stoner mess from these guys! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Exactly... Especially from the labs of Dr. Fun in St. Louie & The Chem Boys in Steelville, Missouri - fueled many Two-Day Trip Parties!
——- 
ick wrote:
4 Way Window Pane

4 Way Window Pane
This album was a cutout bin favorite. A bargain for fans at $1.99 (when new LPs were $4.00).
 oldfart48 wrote:
WHO'S TURN IN THE BARREL ?

 
This sounds like it was recorded in a barrel.  Great tune, though.
Huzzah!

 

Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Now, a lot of you come on here to complain about sonic bombast and insult, but consider this segue:

Live Townes Van Zandt to live Traffic.    Ok, it's TO tp TR, but besides that, also brilliant. And our boy Bill does this ALL THE TIME

Kudos 

 


White

Blotter......
 

Now, a lot of you come on here to complain about sonic bombast and insult, but consider this segue:

Live Townes Van Zandt to live Traffic.    Ok, it's TO tp TR, but besides that, also brilliant. And our boy Bill does this ALL THE TIME

Kudos 
Purple Microdot
 Rh wrote:
Orange sunshine
 


My vinyl collection is small , but includes this classic album from these talented guys.
Stuck in Traffic, Bill.
Could someone please explain to me why I like this song so much?!
 dcginc wrote:
#yum!
Welcome to the Canteen is the fifth album by English rock band Traffic. It was recorded live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Oz Benefit Concert, London, July 1971 and released in September of that year. It was recorded during Dave Mason's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances.

 
Felix Dennis, editor of Oz and benificiary of the OB Concert, died yesterday
Supremely talented dudes! Genius overflow! Still brings the chills that I first got hearing this at a trip-party in E-School way back when.
 dcginc wrote:
#yum!
Welcome to the Canteen is the fifth album by English rock band Traffic. It was recorded live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Oz Benefit Concert, London, July 1971 and released in September of that year. It was recorded during Dave Mason's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances.

 

 oldfart48 wrote:
{#Sunny} these traffic jams are a pleasure.....

 
..... they certainly are :))
{#Sunny} these traffic jams are a pleasure.....
#yum!
Welcome to the Canteen is the fifth album by English rock band Traffic. It was recorded live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Oz Benefit Concert, London, July 1971 and released in September of that year. It was recorded during Dave Mason's third stint with the band, which lasted only six performances.
Whereas I quite like Fatima in rotation.
Brilliant. That kind of music should be higher in rotation then FATM for example.
Whole album is exellent!
Great song, Great performance.  Bad recording.
{#Bananapiano} ...... yes
 oldfart48 wrote:
yes............{#Dancingbanana}

 
Uuuhhh Huuuh!!!!     {#Drummer}
 caregiver wrote:
Acid?

I don't know what you're talking about.  {#Whistle}

 

Love traffic!
 Krispian wrote:
Holy hell -- this is a fantastic song!

  play it loud...{#Dance} not one fake note, or " sampled  "crap




 caregiver wrote:


I don't know what you're talking about.  {#Whistle}

  WHO'S TURN IN THE BARREL ?


yes............{#Dancingbanana}
Holy hell -- this is a fantastic song!
 drictor wrote:

In my neck of the woods at the time they were purple.{#Roflol}


 

Mine were green
Never heard this before. Nice....
had this disc for years, one of my favs since college.  just picked it up on vinyl a few weeks ago, and man o man does it sound sa-weet  {#Cowboy}
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Takes me back to the summer Traffic opened for the Dead... I think I saw Traffic live like 10 times that summer!  Beautifully haunting.
 
That is funny... I made this same comment 2 years ago.  So it goes
Takes me back to the summer Traffic opened for the Dead... I think I saw Traffic live like 10 times that summer!  Beautifully haunting.
Love the song....hate the recording 
 silby wrote:
I like the studio version of this one better...

More Traffic please!!!
 
I am with you!
I like the studio version of this one better...

More Traffic please!!!
Timeless