The original version, recorded by Dion , featured a gentle folk rock production from Phil Gernhard and arrangement from John Abbott. The feeling of the song is set with a gentle English horn and violin opening then featuring harp flourishes at multiple points, including the instrumental conclusion. The song also features a flugelhorn , an electric organ, bass, and drums. Dion felt during post production that the song needed more depth and added a track featuring him playing classical guitar notably at the bridge, lead ins, and the close.
Although it was quite unlike the rock sound that Dion had become famous for in the early s, and even more unlike Holler and Gernhard's previous collaboration in the novelty smash " Snoopy Vs. It reached 4 on the U. The record was also popular with adult listeners, reaching 8 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey.
Clay's recording features narration an adult asking a child to define several words associated with social unrest , sound bites from speeches given by President John F. It reached No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The New York Times Company. June 5, Add to Watch list. People who viewed this item also viewed. Picture Information.
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