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The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton - "Little Wing" - Live 2009

ABB & Eric - Little Wing - Beacon Theater, NYC 3-20-09

Warren Haynes said about Clapton:

We were all very impressed with Eric’s desire to learn Allman Brothers songs rather than just get up and jam and not just choose ones that would make it easy on everybody. We were hoping for the opportunity to play some of the centerpieces, like “Dreams” and “Liz Reed” and Eric was more than game. “Little Wing” was an afterthought and the coolest part of the rehearsal. Everything went very smoothly and when we had basically played through all the songs we agreed upon, Eric looked around and said, “Is there anything else we should think about? What about ‘Little Wing’?” Our group reaction was, “Well, we’ve never played it, but sure.” We started working it up from scratch and I thought it was one of the highlights.

Clapton’s “Little Wing” suggestion was particularly profound since it was Duane Allman’s idea to record it on Layla. Clapton and Haynes sang harmony vocals on the song. On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Clapton joined the band for six songs: “Key To The Highway,” trading vocal verses with Gregg, “Dreams,” “Little Wing” and Derek and the Dominos’ “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?”, “Anyday” and “Layla.” The next night, he also played “Stormy Monday” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”


Well, she's walking through the clouds

With a circus mind that's running wild

Butterflies and Zebras

And Moonbeams and fairy tales

That's all she ever thinks about

Riding with the wind

When I'm sad, she comes to me

With a thousand smiles she gives to me free

It's alright, she says it's alright

Take anything you want from me


Fly on little wing


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