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I never liked the Doors. Back then, I was listening to Dylan and the Stones.

 

Later on Elvis Costello did it for me:

"She lives on Pony Street.

And they should scatter flowers at her feet, 

But when they come calling,

I think it's appalling,

They're sober and they're polite.

They're deeply respectful

When I would expect

They would keep her out all night."

 

I had a long flirtation with Rickie Lee Jones:

 

"There are wounds that stir up the force of gravity
A cold that will wipe the hope from your eyes
Young girl standing underneath the "El" train
Standing there, watching the trains go by ...
You think that nobody knows where you are, girl
You think that nobody knows how this feels
Alone, in a world of your own, there you are girl
The small things float to the top of gravity
Gravity
I'm telling you where it is
Gravity"

 

And finally now it's Leonard Cohen:

 

"I've seen you change the water into wine
I've seen you change it back to water, too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don't get high with you
I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I'm angry and I'm tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty, I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine"

 

I've always loved,  and still love poetry.

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Elvis Costello: Imagination Is A Powerful Deceiver

 

I see a look of recognition, so well hidden in your eye
And your peepshow regulations, they just don't seem to apply
Well, did I see you in the circus, in the ring without a hand
Now you think that you can curse us, steal the show and stop the band

Oh, you can follow your dreams, oh but please don't lead me on
If you wanna bleed in my face, you were here and now you're gone

Imagination is a powerful deceiver
When you try to believe her just a little too much
Imagination is a powerful deceiver
I'll go out of my mind, if I'm losing your touch

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There are plenty of old hippies around.  I am amazed that so many people gave up on their idealism because life got in the way. 

Music is a symptom of the thought process, but not an end in itself. 

We used to protest the Nam War as a hobby.  We threw tear gas back at the police. 

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For What It Is Worth
There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's s time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
- refrain -
 
Apeman
I think I'm sophisticated
'Cause I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me, everybody's multiplying
And they're walking round like flies man
So I'm no better than the animals sitting in their cages
In the zoo man
Because compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an Apeman
I think I'm so educated and I'm so civilized
'Cause I'm a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don't feel safe in this world no more
I don't want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an Apeman
I'm an Apeman, I'm an Ape Apeman
No, I'm an Apeman
Well, I'm a King Kong man, I'm a Voo-Doo man
No, I'm an Apeman
'Cause compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an Apeman
I'm an Apeman, I'm an Ape Apeman
No, I'm an Apeman
Well, I'm a King Kong man, I'm a Voo-Doo man
I don't want to be in.his world no more
I don't want to die int a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an apeman
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get Together

The Youngbloods

Love is but a song to sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at your command

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

I said, come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Right now
Right now

Songwriters: Chester Powers / Chester William Jr. Powers

Get Together lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Either a software glitch,  or "there's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear".

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How is this possible? My homeboy Leonard Cohen won a posthumous grammy for best rock performance.

 

The song "You Want It Darker” has nothing to do with rock. It uses a synogogue choir for background vocals, and it is a diatribe against his vision of a cruel god.

 

Excerpt:

If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame


Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker


Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord


There's a lover in the story
But the story's still the same
There's a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it's written in the scriptures
And it's not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame


They're lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle class and tame
I didn't know I had permission to murder and to maim
You want it darker


Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord

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On 1/23/2018 at 11:04 AM, muleman said:

There are plenty of old hippies around.  I am amazed that so many people gave up on their idealism because life got in the way. 

Music is a symptom of the thought process, but not an end in itself. 

We used to protest the Nam War as a hobby.  We threw tear gas back at the police. 

The Love and Peace of the sixties unfortunately devolved into the sex, drugs and rock and roll of the seventies. There's hope though as an old hippie the new march for our lives movement has revitalized my political awareness.

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On 8/6/2017 at 10:49 AM, Doug1943 said:

Jim Morrison's Light My Fire was ... well, you had to have been there.  It has a special significance for me. Anyway, for anyone interested, Mark Steyn, an interesting fellow in his own right, has the background on it.

The Doors were the best IMO

 

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I was impressed yesterday with the young people that showed up.  It makes me wonder though about Gen X, Gen Y and the Millenials. 

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When you're young, you're idealistic and naive. Today I can't believe how naive I was when I was in my teens and 20s.

Even fairly extensive experience of the real world and real people, in the Army and in military prison, didn't pull many

scales from my eyes.

 

With respect to the Doors, and music in general: I find the music of that period absolutely wonderful, magical ... but ... I wonder

if it was because I was young.  I still today feel very nostalgic when travelling in the countryside of California, Oregon,

and the West in general ... very powerful emotions which I cannot explain to friends who were not there.  'Bliss it was

in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven.'

 

But then ... America was King of the World, and despite not being able to impose its will in Vietnam, it was a country

most of whose inhabitants had little to worry about. Things have changed radically since then, and seeing the internal

moral decay,  the downward economic spiral,  coupled with the rise of China, which will inevitably push the US into second

place (at best), not just economically but militarily .... I wonder if future generations will view post-war America as a lost Golden Age.

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On 4/26/2018 at 4:25 AM, LaughinAtLefty said:

 

B)

 

On 1/26/2018 at 9:30 AM, muleman said:

Any Dead Heads around?  I am always happy to hear from one. 

 

Yes, I'm from the hippie rock & roll generation but also like classic metal, jazz fusion, weird Frank Zappa kind of stuff, blues, etc.

 

I did a top 25 rock guitarists all-time video for my YouTube channel not long ago,  probably should have made it top 50 because of the inevitable:

??What about -

Jerry Garcia

Pete Townscend

Alvin Lee

Steve Morse

Eric Johnson

and obviously people will be offended at the original rock & roll guitarist Chuck Berry not being on the list

 

Here it is...

 

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I'm an old hippie. Just got into town about an hour ago.  I'm ready to do some riding! Is there an introduction thread here?

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On 5/22/2018 at 2:15 PM, bhoyal said:

Yes, I'm from the hippie rock & roll generation but also like classic metal, jazz fusion, weird Frank Zappa kind of stuff, blues, etc.

 

Everyone always forgets Mike Bloomfield.

 

 

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23 hours ago, GorgeousGeorge said:

I'm an old hippie. Just got into town about an hour ago.  I'm ready to do some riding! Is there an introduction thread here?

 

Welcome George. Pull up a chair. Make yourself homely. 😏😉

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On 3/25/2018 at 4:51 PM, Doug1943 said:

With respect to the Doors, and music in general: I find the music of that period absolutely wonderful, magical ... but ... I wonder

if it was because I was young.

 

IMO, the music of the of the Hippie generation, of which I was a part, was some of the best ever made:---  The mood, passion and free spirit of the era ...  Electronic music really came into its own ...  And throbbing African rhythms were married with European melody.

 

Once during the late 1990s, in conversation with a much younger friend, I mentioned that I thought the quality of popular music had declined since the Hippie generation.  To my surprise, he calmly acknowledged it with the comment,  "but the music we have now is our music"

 

 

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On 6/4/2018 at 6:57 PM, bludog said:

 

 

 

Once during the late 1990s, in conversation with a much younger friend, I mentioned that I thought the quality of popular music had declined since the Hippie generation.  To my surprise, he calmly acknowledged it with the comment,  "but the music we have now is our music"

 

 

 

Some of the alternative from the 90s wasn't too terrible.  Beck, Cake, Primus, Chili Peppers, etc.

 

But the popular music in 2018 flat out sucks.  

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On 6/9/2018 at 9:31 AM, bhoyal said:

 

Some of the alternative from the 90s wasn't too terrible.  Beck, Cake, Primus, Chili Peppers, etc.

 

But the popular music in 2018 flat out sucks.  

 

Chili peppers make me fart!

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There were a lot of fake hippies known as plastic hippies back in the days.

 

They were after one thing.

HIPPIE NOOOOOKIEEEEE!

 

 

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The fugs were prophets who wrote on sh!t house walls. claire june, claire june, I sure do miss that poon. They were romanitics who wrote inspiring love ballads like this.

 

 

There were a lot of fake hippies known as plastic hippies back in the days.

 

They were after one thing.

HIPPIE NOOOOOKIEEEEE!

 

 

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bhoyal, 

Your list is on the right track.  I like Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, John Mayer, Billy Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many others.

thanks for mentioning Eric Johnson.  He used to live above my brother's garage in Austin. 

He would say things like "I am going to be the greatest guitar player in the world. "  Yeah right Eric. 

Actually he was pretty close. 

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