Originally titled "Someone To Love" when the former Grace Wing's brother-in-law and bandmate, Darby Slick of The Great Society, penned it for that band, it became the break-through hit for the Jefferson Airplane when re-titled "Somebody To Love" going Top 5 in May of 1967. The opening with Grace Slick's voice booming an acappella "When the truth is found" is such a great top of the hour lead-off call to arms that classic rock and oldies radio do just that with it decades after its initial sojurn at the upper reaches of the charts. Followed in less than two months by "White Rabbit" the members wouldn't have Top 40 success again until 8 years later when revitalized as Jefferson Starship Marty Balin's "Miracles" went Top 3 in September of 1975. "Somebody To Love" with its jangly guitars and cool San Franciscan sound moves with a pop intensity and urgent lyric so essential to the vibe of the time. Todd Rundgren wanted to find himself and Leroy a girlfriend in "We Gotta Get You A Woman" in 1971 and John Cougar needed "a lover that don't drive" him crazy in 1979, but the purest sentiment regarding finding a significant other was in this track, a direct admonition: "You'd better find somebody to love." The Lady Mondegreen or mis heard lyric here is a major one. In the second verse. The lyric sheet reads "When the garden flowers ...are dead", but it sounds like sly Grace might be slipping in "When God and his laws, are dead...". How counterculture. The song
is an essential element of The Jefferson Starship's repertoire, the band mutating it into a sludgy "Jumpin' Jack Flash" riff closer in the new millenium. Both latter-day group vocalists Darby Gould and Diana Mangano understand the majesty and sing the words Grace Slick is known for with reverence. Check out the 1990's version live from the House Of Blues with a rare guest appearance by Grace which shows up on the Deep Space/Virgin Sky CD. The hard rock is a far cry from the manic almost garage band original ...and Slick says "garden flowers" very clearly in the live rendition.