God I still get chills hearing this fantastically beautiful song. Marty Balin’s vocals cut straight through your heart, the instrumentation almost haunting.
Frank Sinatra said he thought “Something” was the best love song ever written, truth be told if “Today” had gotten the airplay it deserved from its 67′ release I think the Marty Balin & Paul Kanter composition might have been reconsidered. To me it had more passion and the harmonies priceless.
This song along with Balin’s “Comin’ Back to Me” were Airplane’s most hidden gems and so over-shadowed by White Rabbit & Somebody To Love off the same album. They were so underplayed it was a crying shame.
Yes the more psychedelic acid rock ones struck their chords amidst the trips, but you can’t deny that these softer also psychedelic in nature speaking of love didn’t take their rightful place.
Marty sung it with such feeling and expression, how could it not.
“I’m so full of love I could burst apart and start to cry.”
1967 “Summer of Love”, you betcha.
Written by Marty Balin and Paul Kantner.
Released off the 1967 album “Surrealistic Pillow”.
Marty Balin – lead vocals, tambourine
Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals
Grace Slick – vocals
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals
Jack Casady – bass
Spencer Dryden – drums
Today, I feel like pleasing you
More than before
Today, I know what I want to do
But I don’t know what for
To be living for you
Is all I want to do
To be loving you
It’ll all be there
When my dreams come true
Today, you’ll make me say
That I somehow have changed
Today, you’ll look into my eyes
I’m just not the same
To be any more than all I am
Would be a lie
I’m so full of love
I could burst apart
And start to cry
Today, everything you want
I swear it will all come true
Today, I realize how much
I’m in love with you
With you standing here
I could tell the world
What it means to love
To go on from here
I can’t use words
They don’t say enough
Please, please listen to me
It’s taken so long to come true
It’s all for you, all for you