Tag Archives: 60s

That’s Life

Frank Sinatra heard O.C. Smith’s version of That’s Life on his car radio, and was so impressed he tracked down the publisher to record his own version. His version is very different.  Smith’s version is mellower, more bluesy, while Sinatra’s is more motivational-speakerish. The final line fits seamlessly in Smith’s version, but is a little …

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Surfin’ Bird

I’m pretty sure I sat next to this guy in the third grade.  😉 That’s not the group, by the way, that’s a comedian mugging to the lyrics.  I have no idea who he is, but somehow the dance moves at the end seem British. The full lyrics are available HERE, in case there is …

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The two best slang words to come out of the 60s were “drag” and “groovy.” We should use those words more.

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Time is Tight

I didn’t recognize this until about the 1:00 mark.

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The Sunshine and the Shadows

Full lyrics HERE.

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It is not he or she or them or it that you belong to…

It really reads better as a poem than as a song.  Full lyrics HERE.

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Yakety Sax

I feel like I should be chasing someone around.

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Swap

Excerpted from Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut, ©1991: I was willing to believe back in the 1960s that deep meditation as practiced in India might be a way to achieve happiness and wisdom which had not been previously available to people of European and African stock. The Beatles also believed this for a …

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Masters of War

I had never heard of Pearl Jam, never heard of Eddie Vedder, but then I saw him perform this on television– and never forgot it, or him. Full lyrics HERE.

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I Think…

I don’t hear a guitar in there.  It seems to be just a bass, a tambourine, a drum, and a sporadic keyboard. That’s a little different.

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You Better Find

When the truth is found to be lies And all the joy within you dies… Full lyrics HERE.

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“Wearing of Sandals”

From a May 27, 1968 memo on the counterculture movement, directed to the head of the FBI: “nonconformism in dress and speech, neglect of personal cleanliness, use of obscenities (printed and uttered), publicized sexual promiscuity, experimenting with and the use of drugs, filthy clothes, shaggy hair, wearing of sandals, beads, and unusual jewelry, tend to …

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