SOL August 11, 2015
Listening to a current recording artist during a televised concert on a morning show a few weeks ago I was left saddened and concerned. For every word she uttered the next 5 or 6 words were bleeped. As a result I have no idea what the song was about and frankly I don’t think I want to know.
I was saddened because this song is going to be someone’s “oldie” in the near future. I was concerned because I could just picture some grandparent in the future singing this oldie to his/her grandchild.
I started longing for the some of the songs I listened to and sang along to (but only in my head) as I was growing up. These songs were basically happy songs would good moral value.
Who cold forget Dickie Lee’s love song about Laurie? Who wouldn’t want to fall in love with a ghost (…I saw my sweater lying there upon her grave…) Or how about his other lovely song about suicide…Patches (…It may not be right, but I’ll join you tonight, Patches I’m coming to you),
As long as we are on the subject of suicide, how about that uplifting song about a suicide pact, Running Bear by Johnny Preston (As their hands touched and their lips met the raging river pulled them down now they’ll always be together
In their happy hunting ground.)
I remember when Tom Jones hit the music scene and women all over would throw things at him while he was on stage. They all really loved him, except maybe for Delilah (I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more.)
Speaking of murder let’s not forget Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor (If a man ever needed dying he did…)
We also had songs about bullying. Cher’s Half Breed comes to mind. (The White Man always called me “Indian Squaw”.) Staying with Cher, what about Gyspys, Tramps and Theives? (Gyspys, Tramps and Theives We’d hear it from the people of the town…)
Oh yes, how these songs warm my heart. It is a shame that songs now-a-days don’t teach the same values and respect as did the songs of yesteryear.
These are only a few. What wonderful “oldies” can you add to the list?