Here's a rather problematic single for any Alex fan. Actually, covering "Delilah" was more a joke than anything else for Alex and the band, but the live success of this version led Moutain to release it on a single, and it was an unexpected hit (n°7 in UK, the highest position of any single in SAHB's career). Honestly, the joke dimension of the song is what is left now when hearing it and it has not the deepest meaning Alex was able to raise from any song he covered. Posting this single is primary motivated by the B-side, a live version of "Soul in Chains", not a great song actually, featuring in Tomorrow Belongs To Me and whose live playing is scandalously interrupted after 4 min. Since I never found it on any SAHB compilation or on any blog, I think it is my duty to rip it from my own single and to provide it here. I did my best to improve the sound quality and it's rather good. Published in July 1975, a Live album was released, as it could be guessed, only 2 months later.
Below is "Soul in Chains" in streaming with the lyrics transcripted.
Soul in Chains. Did you read my letter published yesterday Looking for a brand new piece of meat to pass the time away So if you've got the money I certainly got the time Just bring your baby with you and I promise you I'll bring mine You freed my body but you left my soul in chains You freed my body but you left my soul in chains You say you love me but you don't even know my name. You used to call me sweetheart and paid my rent You blew me kisses when you shared my tent I used to buy you tickets for the biggest gas in town And tasted your tomato everytime you brought it 'round. You freed my body but you left my soul in chains You freed my body but you left my soul in chains You say you love me but you don't even know my name. I called you baby I mixed your stew I used to seal my lips and tie my hands for you Up until the last time I sat you on my knee You drove my brains into the wall, you tortured me