Sounds of Mellow Fantastic: Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street”

[This article has been updated and expanded in the book Song Book; it originally appeared in Shindig! issue #51]

‘Sunny Goodge Street’ first saw the light of day in 1965, on Donovan’s second album Fairytale. While other songs on the album, such as the Top 5 hit ‘Colours, initially drew more attention, Sunny Goodge Street is perhaps Fairytale’s most memorable song. The contrast between its gentle waltzing instrumentation and its hard-edged lyrical urban vignettes was intriguing to listeners – especially those who didn’t know there was an actual Goodge Street in London, and thus for whom Goodge Street could have been some mystical place in an imaginative Lewis Carroll story. Continue reading