Friday, July 29, 2011


"I think this may've been the very first time in my then-young life that I said to myself, 'Self, did we really just see and hear that?'"

I always had mixed feelings about this song. Its got a great tune, a great country sort of feel, and its really catchy. On the other hand its a country hippie song about smoking pot, and I never really appreciated that part. But one thing I know for sure, these people had no clue what it was about.

That really happened, in 1971. This is not a hoax, not a clever mashup, this is not a faked version. They really sang this on the Lawrence Welk show.


Blogger Tina said...

The folks on the Lawrence Welk show weren't the only ones deceived, my family thought it was a cute song when I went around singing to the radio. I was 12 when it came out and we thought "toke" was short for "token": inferring that he was broke, and needed one more token to get on the train for home. Being stranded far from home and needing a train or bus ticket was a common theme for folk songs at the time.

Mr Welk referred to it as "a modern spiritual", which it actually sorta is, or would have been except for that sly use of what was at the time a new insider slang word unknown to people outside of the criminal underground drug culture.

8:46 AM, July 30, 2011  
Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

I remember when the church I went to sang "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison. I guess they missed the Hare Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, etc part.

11:31 AM, July 30, 2011  
Blogger Philip said...

I've no doubt the band members knew what it meant...

Re "My Sweet Lord" - try Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" at church during Christmas.

7:53 PM, July 30, 2011  
Anonymous canvas prints said...

Good to see they were brave enough to perform it - I bet they got their fair share of criticism about it.

2:13 AM, January 11, 2012  

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