Song Lyric Sunday – The Coffee Song

This week our host of Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams, has prompted us to find songs that include Cappuccino, Coffee, Espresso or Mocha in the title or within the lyrics. I must admit I found this a difficult prompt and struggled to find something that I liked 😕. Anyway I discovered this song by Cream called “The Coffee Song”. It was featured on their debut studio album, Fresh Cream. Although it was not featured on either the UK or USA original versions, a later Scandinavian release of the album finally included the song. I hope you like it.

Fresh Cream is the debut studio album by the British rock band Cream. The album was released in the UK on 9 December 1966, as the first LP on the Reaction Records label, owned by producer Robert Stigwood. The UK album was released in both mono and stereo versions, at the same time as the release of the single “I Feel Free”. The album peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart.]

The album was released in a slightly different form in January 1967 by Atco Records in the US, also in mono and stereo versions.

The mono versions were deleted not long after release and for many years only the stereo recordings were available. The UK mono album was reissued on CD for the first time in Japan, by Universal Music, in late 2013 as part of a deluxe SHM-CD and SHM-SACD sets (both editions also contain the UK stereo counterpart).

In January 2017, the album was again reissued, by Polydor, in a 4-CD box-set containing mono and stereo versions of the original UK and US release along with singles and B-sides.

Bass player Jack Bruce later said that the opening song “N.S.U.” was written for the band’s first rehearsal. “It was like an early punk song… the title meant “non-specific urethritis. It didn’t mean an NSU Quickly – which was one of those little 1960s mopeds. I used to say it was about a member of the band who had this venereal disease. I can’t tell you which one… except he played guitar.”

In 2012, the album was ranked number 102 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time (the highest-ranking album by Cream on the list). Uncut describes the songs as “all about playing in a band and relaxing, the joy of being young, and they walk it like they talk it, being jumping-off points for wonderful spur-of-the moment improvisations”. Writing for the BBC, Sid Smith notes that “blues, pop and rock magically starts to coalesce to create something brand new”. Stephen Thomas Erlwine of AllMusic believes the record to be “instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock”.

Original reissues in the U.S. on RSO/Polydor use the same track listing as the original UK edition given above in which “I Feel Free” is replaced with “Spoonful” on Side 1. Polydor’s original CD release from the 1980s combines the UK and US track lists but also includes “The Coffee Song” and “Wrapping Paper,” which were removed from subsequent CD releases starting in the 1990s.

An edition released only in Scandinavia was a 12-track release, It had the same ten tracks as the UK version plus added two tracks: “Wrapping Paper”, written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, and “The Coffee Song”, written by Tony Colton and Ray Smith. Both vinyl and cover were made in Germany and exported to the Swedish market only – the German original had the same 10 tracks as the UK. The group didn’t want “Coffee Song” to be issued at all, but a mono version was mixed and coupled with “Wrapping Paper” as a single. There were no plans at this stage to release it in stereo, so for the Swedish issue, a crude stereo mix was used. This was made during the sessions in early August 1966 for instructive purpose – the whole track as basic mono is mixed far right and a solo guitar overdub far left. Never intended for release, this mix was soon lost and for later stereo issues a new one was made.

The front cover and record no. (623 031) are the same as the German issue, but three different back covers exist. The first listed the correct 12 tracks, the second listed 10 tracks, and a third where the 12 track listing has been “glued” over the 10 track listing.

Courtesy of Wiki


There's a full time reservation
Made in a bar at the railway station,
And there's a story, a kind of fable,
On a card at the corner table.
On it is a message; been there some time.
It starts of, "The coffee tasted so fine"
It says, "One day, this may find you,
These few words may remind you.
We sat here together just to pass time;
You said how the coffee tasted so fine."
It goes on to say, "I love you
If you should find this I must hear from you."
It gives a number but the name has faded away.
All that is left are just the words, "Maybe someday"
That's the story and the fable;
Never leave alone from a corner table.
Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo.
Doo doo-doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo.

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Raymond Barry Smith/Tony Colton
Coffee Song (August 1966 London)
lyrics © Bluewater Music Corp.

  11 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – The Coffee Song

  1. March 7, 2021 at 11:06 am

    A new one to me! Delightful find!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Susan. It was new to a lot of us it seems! ☺️

  2. March 7, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Great choice Christine, really live story songs and this one reminds me so much of my youth 💜💜

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2021 at 8:16 am

      Yes Willow. We were all drinking frothy coffee in those days too! ☺️💕

      • March 7, 2021 at 9:31 am

        Yes it was all the go 💜

  3. March 7, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Like Jim, I’d never heard this song before either.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2021 at 8:13 am

      That makes three of us! It seemed to be a song they didn’t want to include on the album because it missed both US and UK releases. We have Scandinavia to thank for including it eventually! 👍

  4. March 6, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Unbelievable a Cream song that I never heard before.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Me neither Jim. I found it quickly but couldn’t find any background for it. I almost ditched but couldn’t find anything else. I decided to cover the album rather than the song. It was good though wasn’t it. I loved Cream. ☺️

      • March 7, 2021 at 10:44 am

        Your writing always impresses me Christine, because you don’t mind putting some research into it. Covering the album was a good idea as this is not that great of a song and I can see why Cream didn’t include it.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 7, 2021 at 11:54 am

        Yes exactly Jim. Seeing as I had trouble finding something for today this was a fantastic one to discover!! In my mind it was better than it really was because it was Cream! Lol 🤣

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