November 26th 1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The opening acts for the concert were future progressive rock stars Yes who were just starting out and Taste, an Irish trio led by Rory Gallagher.


The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: The audio is a turgid sonic sludge. The visuals are even worse, with director Tony Palmer jerking the camera around as if this were an episode of NYPD Blue, layering the picture with dated and distracting psychedelic light effects, and providing far too many close-ups of Bruce's teeth (and almost no wide shots of the entire band).





Lyrics


In the white room with black curtains near the station

Black roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings

Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes

Dawnlight smiles on you leaving, my contentment


I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines

Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves


You said no strings could secure you at the station

Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows

I walked into such a sad time at the station

As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning


I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back

Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves


At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd

Consolation for the old wound now forgotten

Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes

She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings


I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd

Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves




Songwriters: Jack Bruce / Pete Brown

White Room lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc