Metaphor in music, the Lemon Pipers

I was a rather literal minded as a 9 year old in 1968, so perhaps I can be excused for missing much of the hidden meanings in popular music. I think Green Tambourine by the Lemon Pipers (#1 in America in February of 1968) was the first song where I detected metaphor. This has evolved into an entire genre of music whereby sensitive artistic types lament the corrupting influence of the filthy lucre which they pursue with their craft, but to my knowledge the Lemon Pipers went there first.

Good videos of the Lemon Pipers playing this are thin on the ground, so I hope you enjoy what I could find.

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