Trippy blast from the past

Come take up your Hats, and away let us haste
To the Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast.
The Trumpeter, Gad-fly, has summon’d the Crew,
And the Revels are now only waiting for you.

The Butterfly’s Ball and Grasshopper’s Feast is a children’s poem written by William Roscoe in 1802. It’s a delightful poem about a party for small animals thrown by their insect friends. It’s about youth, innocence, love, tolerance… - you know, all those same motifs that were common to early 70’s heavy metal.

So Roger Glover (of Deep Purple fame) wrote an album that used the poem as a theme. A full-length animated movie was planned, but the only thing finished was this psychedelic short.

Yes, that is Ronnie James Dio singing a children’s song. Way cool. Go here to see David Coverdale (of Whitesnake) sing another trippy tune with Glover.

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