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Track Time: 3:42
Karen -- 1985 Robert Smith
Robert Smith- Vocal, Guitar
Bill Cleaver- Harmonies, Guitar
Joe Swenson - Harmonies, Guitar, Keyboards
David McKnight - Piano
David Spencer- Electric Guitar
Bill Erchul - Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim Rae - Percussion

Music and Lyrics ©1974 Robert Smith

Oh Karen
You bring on the sunrise
and the sunset
Don't run away and hide

Karen with your soul as deep as time
You have pierced the very heart of me
Woa... and Karen
We sure are doing fine
You are the willow and I am the lark

Oh Karen
You're a beautiful loving light
In the darkness
Don't run away inside

Karen with your soul as deep as time
You have pierced the very heart of me
Woa... and Karen
We sure are doing fine
You are the willow and I am the lark

Karen with your soul as deep as time
You have pierced the very heart of me
Woah and Karen we sure are doing fine
You are the willow and I am the lark

Oh Karen
Please love me tonight
When you touch me
You know everything, everything's alright

Karen with your soul as deep as time
You have pierced the very heart of me
Woa... and Karen
we sure are doing fine
You are the willow and I am the lark
You are the willow and I am the lark


Songs Notes:

Karen was written in 1974,way before I got togther with the band. I was at East Carolina in graduate school for both a biochemistry masters and an education masters... that I did all the coursework for but didn't finish. Anyhow, with two teaching fellowships and one research fellowship, I had plenty of time to play music on the mall during the day and to dance at night. I had a small band that played in the dorms' sitting rooms.

I met a gorgeous woman from the mountains, "Peaches", who learned about yoga early on in Boulder. She led a free yoga class in the attic of an old farmhouse out in the sticks. Lots of interesting women in that class and one was Karen. Her father was a store owner in a small town nearby...Ayden, maybe. She had joined a little cultish commune that was based around a young man who swindled the young women out of their money that he later used to start a shoe store Part of his spiritual teachings was that all the women had to be celibate. Well... he had sex with all the "members" and told them not to tell....

Karen somehow found out about the yoga class. I rode bikes with her in the countryside and just admired her beauty, simplicity and sweetness and just plain goodness. I wish I had kept up with her. I did write this song about her. I can't even remember her last name or what she looked like exactly, just that she a crystal beauty of the "70's earth mother style.

-- Robert Smith