Song Lyric Sunday: The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind”

Jim got today’s prompt, "Mind, Think, Brain," from Paula. So, let’s throw a little Nuge at you…

The Amboy Dukes (called The American Amboy Dukes in the UK because of a band with the same name) were formed by Ted Nugent, who was born in Detroit but moved to the Chicago suburbs in the mid-1960’s. He was 16 when they started in 1964 and played at a club called The Cellar in Arlington Heights, among other clubs. Later, they relocated back to Detroit. "Journey To The Center Of The Mind" was written by Nugent with lyrics by rhythm guitarist Steve Farmer, and was released in 1968, when it reached #16 on the Hot 100 and #19 in Canada.

Leave your cares behind
Come with us and find
The pleasures of a journey to the center of the mind

[Chorus:]
Come along if you care
Come along if you dare
Take a ride to the land inside of your mind

Beyond the seas of thought
Beyond the realm of what
Across the streams of hopes and dreams where things are really not

[Chorus]

But please realise
You’ll probably be surprised
For it’s the land unknown to man
Where fantasy is fact
So if you can, please understand
You might not come back

[Chorus]

How happy life could be
If all of mankind
Would take the time to journey to the center of the mind
Would take the time to journey to the center of the mind
Center of the mind (The mind, the mind)

Lyrics courtesy Lyrics.com

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 27, 2022.

21 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind”

  1. I really liked this song when it came out. It was part of drawing me into psychedelic music back in the sixties.

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