This tune was a staple of Paul Bley's live book throughout the 1960's and was recorded numerous times. It's one of Peacock's most poignant tunes, the existentialist lyrics juxtaposed with a very sing-songy melody in G major. It has also been covered by Affinity, and Norwegian vocalist Karin Krog.
The Affinity version has an E minor vamp out front, and features completely different lyrics.
Paul Bley - "Copenhagen & Haarlem" (Arista, 1975) Paul Bley - "Mr. Joy" (Limelight, 1968) Paul Bley - "Turning Point" (IAI, 1975) The Paul Bley Synthesizer Show (Milestone, 1971) Karin Krog - "Joy" (Sandem, 2008 reissue) Affinity - "Affinity" (Paramount, 1970)
Quick update. The first of 2010! Hopefully I'll be adding more charts as the year comes to an end.
Don Cherry - There Is The Bomb
This is my interpretation of the composition, based on the common points between all iterations of the melody. They're all slightly different of course, but I think this is a pretty accurate summary. Thoughts?