Procol Harum – As Strong As Samson (1974)

This is the third track on side one of Procol Harum’s album Exotic Birds and Fruit, released in April 1974. I had not purchased a new album by them since Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra…

Procol Harum - As Strong As Samson (1974)

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This is the third track on side one of Procol Harum’s album Exotic Birds and Fruit, released in April 1974. I had not purchased a new album by them since Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in July 1972. I had completely missed out on Grand Hotel in 1973, possibly thinking such an extraordinary live album would be a tough act for them to follow doing another record right away. This album was one of three I bought the same day in March 1975, the other two being Genesis Live and Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare. Quite an exciting array of rock music I must say! In any event, I was totally blown away by Exotic Birds and Fruit, very surprised really with so many of the late 60s/early 70s rock bands having pretty much faded out by the end of 1974, and was especially fond of playing side one over and over. In the process, the lyrics of this song, “As Strong As Samson,” sung with such strong emotional impact by Gary Brooker, seeped more and more into my imagination. You might say this music video is the ultimate realization of the visions that came to me whenever hearing this splendid track, then and now …

Here are the lyrics, as relevant as the time when “As Strong As Samson” was recorded, indeed even more so:

Psychiatrists and lawyers destroying mankind
Driving them crazy and stealing them blind
Bankers and brokers ruling the world
Storing the silver and hoardin’ the gold

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
Weakest man, be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Famine and hardship in true living color
Constant reminders, the plight of our brother
Daily starvation, our diet of news
Fed to the teeth with a barrage of views

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re preaching
Weakest man, be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Black men and white men and Arabs and Jews
Causing congestion and filling the queues
Fighting for freedom the truth and the word
Fighting the war for the end of the world

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
Weakest man, be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Ain’t no use in preachers preaching
When they don’t know what they’re teaching
Weakest man, be strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

Ain’t no use, ain’t no use, ain’t no use
Strong as Samson
When you’re being held to ransom

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