A Summer Day in the 60's

A Summer Day in the 60's

crisp1's picture

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Lyric #3. One of the things I have trouble wrapping my brain around is how we go on living our ordinary (or, maybe, not-so-ordinary!) lives while people in other parts of the world are dying and getting wounded and losing their homes in wars. I also struggle with how so many of us make excuses for war when there's almost never a good excuse (there are exceptions, obviously).

Not sure what kind of music to suggest for this. The words sound happy for most of the lyric but the message is there and it's a sad message. So coming up with the right sound could be challenging.

Anyway, if you're interested, give me a holler!

Doug

Lyrics: 

Running around in tattered old clothes
Feeling the cool grass
Tickle our toes
Taking a long drink
Straight from the hose
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard

Hula hoops twirl on little kid hips
Then we eat fresh fruit
Spit out the pips
Lemonade cools us
Big gulps or sips
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard

A neighbor lets herself in
Through the side gate
And asks if we have heard the latest
Billy Joe from up the street
Was killed in Vietnam
Everyone agrees he was the greatest

Recklessly flying down our Slip N’ Slide
Tossing the Frisbee
A grownup sighed
Mrs. Long said it
Was all justified
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard
A summer day
In the ’60s
In our backyard



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Comments

mike skliar's picture

powerful and nicely done! those little details really flesh it all out, and the casualness of the far-away horror is striking...
there's a bob dylan basement tapes song 'clothesline saga' that does something similar, by the way.

nicely done lyric

Chip Withrow's picture

This is amazing - vivid detail, and economy of words. Reminds me a lot of places I lived as a kid in the early '70s, including the college town of Kent, Ohio, which of course is infamous in the Vietnam War tragic saga.
I wanted to read first, and now I'll go hear what one of my fave 5090ers Mike did with it!

doglatin's picture

Has the nice nostalgic feel that I'm sure you wanted it to have, then that killer 3rd verse, (or bridge). Then back to the carefree, oblivious everyday life, with an offhand comment from Mrs. Long to dissipate the heaviness. Very powerful.