Good Old Days

Good Old Days

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This is my 7th set of lyrics written while attending/volunteering at the Mariposa folk fest. Must be something in the air.

I'll definitely be setting this to music- soon.

July 12: Musicated

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July 12: Revisions and chords
Good Old Days
Sean McGaughey (c) Sean McGaughey July 7, 2019
G Am D G

I
G Am
Those, those were the good old days.
D
Kids played on the streets without their mothers
G Am
We had little but we didn't suffer
C
People looked out for each other
D
and kept their business to themselves.

II
G Am
Those, those were the good old days
D
When you knew all your neighbours
G Am
Got a day's pay for an honest day's labour
C
People prayed to one creator
D
Least it seemed so at the times

III
G Am
Those, those were the Good old days
D
If you had the right complection
G Am
Spoke with a certain inflection
C
Your Daddy had connections
D D G
And you knew how to shake hands. Those were the good old days

G Am
By an accident of birth
C
If you inherited net worth
D
and disregard the earth
G
Those were the good old days (X3).
Am D
Those were the good old days
G
Those were the good old days

Good Old Days
Sean McGaughey (c) Sean McGaughey July 7, 2019

Those were the good old days.
Kids played on the streets without their mothers
We had little but we didn't suffer
People looked out for each other
and kept their business to themselves.

Those were the good old days
When you knew all your neighbours
Got a day's pay for a day's labour
People prayed to one creator
Least it seemed so at the times

Those were the Good old days
If you had the right complection
Spoke with a certain inflection
Your Daddy had connections
And you knew how to shake hands.

Those were the good old days
By an accident of birth
If you inherited net worth
and disregard the earth
Those were the good old days (X3).



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Jyllian's picture

Sounds like bits of conversation from the people you are meeting or overhearing at the festival. That first stanza is particularly relatable. Looking forward to sounds.

mike skliar's picture

I love the way you started from the cliched thought in that first verse and then go into the actual more harsh reality of the time as reflected in those last verses, and bring in the important thought that 'good times' of old is based in part on where you were in the social order then (and now too)

great write!

Kingwood Kowboy's picture

I lived some of those good old days, dirt poor & knew most of the neighbors.

katpiercemusic's picture

I started listening and wondered if it was going to go completely sincere nostalgia or a little folky snark. I'm glad you went folky snark. I really love how subversive a good folk song can be. Excellent job!

headfirstonly's picture

Wistful, but smart, too. I like how the nostalgia is tempered by the recognition that the good old days were only good if you had money.

That being said, the temptation to leave a comment that is just a line from Monty Python's "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch was almost overwhelming...

crisp1's picture

Like this a lot, especially the way you zing the listeners in Verse III and then don't let up. Nice work!

jcollins's picture

Reading the lyrics...oh yes, I feel the same about the good old days. It was a lot different for me than it is today. Second verse...again, the way I grew up. The third verse shows me my dad and I miss him badly, sadly. Last verse, yeah, disregard the earth...ain't that the truth. Ok, I'm ready for the audio now...hold. Nice guitar intro...vocals now...sound good. Good melody. Nice guitar picking. Very nice ending. Good song!

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Classic folk! I like the way you turned the good old days from a positive to a negative.