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Lalena/Aye My Love

Side A:


Side B:
Aye My Love (Single Version)


All tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.


· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar.

· Harold McNair: flute.

· Danny Thompson: bass.

· Bobby Orr: drums on Lalena.

· Royal Philharmonic: strings.

· John Cameron: arrangement.


· Donovan never revealed the origins of the title Lalena until 2004, in an interview with Jim Bessman for the Entertainment News Wire. Donovan declared:

«It's not very well-known, but Lalena is a composite title made up from the name of the German actress Lotte Lenya. I was fascinated with The Threepenny Opera as a socially conscious musical, so when I saw the movie version with Lotte Lenya, I thought: "OK, she's a streetwalker, but in the History of the world, in all nations, women have taken on various roles from priestess to whore to mother to maiden to wife". This guise of sexual power is very prominent, and therein I saw the plight of the character. Women have roles thrust upon them and make the best they can out of them, so I'm describing the character Lotte Lenya is playing, and a few other women I've seen during my life, but it's a composite character of women who are outcasts on the edge of society: Bohemia».

That would explain the verse "That's your lot in life, Lalena/I can't blame ya, Lalena". The Threepenny Opera was an "opera for beggars" written in 1931 by Kurt Weill (Lotte Lenya's husband) and Bertolt Brecht, which starred Lotte Lenya in the role of the prostitute Jenny Diver.

· In 1968, a lot of girls were named after this song's title (here's a Facebook group of people called Lalena or similar). The samed happend with Jennifer Juniper.

· The single version of Aye My Love is a bit different than the version that appeared on the 2005 remastered reissue of The Hurdy Gurdy Man.

Released: October 1968

Recorded: Sep 1968

· Olympic Studios


Label: PYE 5-10393

Country: USA

Format: vinyl single

Producer: Mickie Most


Billboard: 19/10/68

4 weeks, #33

Cash Box: reached #31

Record World: reached #28

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