Stoned Soul Picnic

Laura Nyro

About Stoned Soul Picnic

"Stoned Soul Picnic" is a 1968 song by Laura Nyro. The best-known version of the song was recorded by The 5th Dimension, and was the first single released from their album of the same title. It was the most successful single from that album, reaching No. 3 on the U. S. Pop chart and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart. It became a platinum record. The song was composed and recorded by Nyro for her album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, released in March 1968. According to Marilyn McCoo, it was producer Bones Howe who suggested that it would be a good song for the 5th Dimension to cover. The group would go on to record several more hits with Nyro songs, including "Sweet Blindness", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Blowin' Away", and "Save the Country". An instrumental version was recorded by jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers and became the title track to his 1968 album. The word surry, used frequently in the lyric (e.g. "Surry down to a stoned soul picnic"), is a neologism by Nyro; its meaning is unclear. The verb surry is spelled differently from the noun surrey (an old-time carriage). When asked by producer Charlie Calello what the word meant, Nyro told him, "Oh, it's just a nice word." One possible meaning is that surry is a shortening of "let's hurry." 


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Can you surry?
Can you picnic? Whoa
Can you surry?
Can you picnic?

Come on, come on and
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic (can you surry? Can you picnic?)
There'll be lots of time and wine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine

Stoned soul
Stoned soul
Whoa 

Come on, come on and
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic (can you surry? Can you picnic?)
Rain and sun come in akin
And from the sky come the Lord and the lightning
And from the sky come the Lord and the lightning

Stoned soul
Stoned soul
Surry on, soul 

Surry, surry
Surry, surry

There'll be trains of blossoms
(There'll be trains of blossoms)
There'll be trains of music
There'll be music
There'll be trains of trust
Trains of gold and dust
Come along and surry on, sweet trains
Of thought, surry on down
Can you surry, can you surry? (Can you surry?)

Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic (can you surry? Can you picnic?)
There'll be lots of time and wine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine (red yellow honey)
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine, moonnshine

Stoned soul, yeah
surry on, soul

Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry, surry
Surry

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Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro /ˈnɪəroʊ/ NEAR-oh[citation needed] (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) and New York Tendaberry (1969), and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock and soul. more »

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