She’s a rainbow, strums Gary Lucas at the Grammy Museum


The instant Gary Lucas put his hand to his acoustic guitar and blasted into “She’s a Rainbow,” I took off into the stratosphere. A one-way ticket to pleasure-ville.

I had forgotten this great Rolling Stones anthem — a love paean by Jagger/Richards dedicated to their flower-child cohorts.

She comes in colours.

The globe-trotting musician played a mini-concert for a lucky audience following his guitar conversation with Grammy guy, Scott Goldman, at the Grammy Museum Wednesday night.

Lucas, who pursued a relationship with Don Van Vliet in the seventies all the while concealing his aspiration to join Beefheart’s Magic Band (he eventually joined), takes a big-picture approach to music. A master of both acoustic and electric, he plays the full range, from Cuban beat, American folk ditties, Chinese pop songs, and, phenomenally, whacked-out avant garde.


She comes in colors everywhere;
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors
Have you seen her dressed in blue
See the sky in front of you
And her face is like a sail
Speck of white so fair and pale
Have you seen the lady fairer
Have you seen her all in gold
Like a queen in days of old
She shoots colors all around
Like a sunset going down
Have you seen the lady fairer


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