"Badge" is known both as one of Cream's finer songs, and as one of the most notable songwriter-guitarist appearances of George Harrison not to be heard on a Beatles or George Harrison record. The song was co-written by Harrison, then still in the Beatles, and George also plays rhythm guitar on the track. It's one of Cream's more pop-friendly outings, not necessarily due to Harrison's contribution. Like many of Cream's songs, it revolves around crunchy chord-riffs that are bluesy and funky but don't stick to conventional blues patterns, crossing the line from blues-rock to hard rock. The main verses groove nicely but are rather downbeat and melancholy melodically, and certainly lyrically enigmatic. It seems like the narrator's musing about a love affair that hasn't resolved, or is in some kind of indefinite limbo and state of doubt. The verses certainly end on an ominous note, with a ringing minor-keyed sustained chord. Yet there's a bridge that's much lighter and merrier in tone with a memorably enchanting circular riff and brief bursts of falsetto vocals. This is the part where Harrison's influence, direct or indirect, seems most apparent. A pinch of spooky mellotron from producer Felix Pappalardi on the final verse adds to the uneasy ambience of the piece. The word "Badge," incidentally, occurs nowhere in the song; the title arose when Clapton mistook the word "bridge" for "badge" in Harrison's handwritten arrangement.