They say that you develop a special bond with the music of your youth. These are not the songs of my youth. These are songs that I enjoy dipping into every once in awhile because of my dad.
I remember many Saturday or summer mornings when I would be jolted awake by my dad “rocking” his tunes from the dining room.
Kids these days! Amiright?!
I went light on Chuck Berry, since “My Ding-aling” probably isn’t suitable for a family-friendly car sing-along (and because I only ever heard it once, while my dad chuckled from the kitchen).
Lyrically, these songs aren’t packed with gold. But, it is certainly fun to see how music has changed over time.
Man! Those CCR guys were no bucket of roses!
The Everly Brothers — “Bye Bye Love”
“Bye bye love; Bye bye happiness; Hello loneliness; I think I’m-a gonna cry-y.”
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons — “Sherry”
“(Come out) where the bright moon shines; (Come out) we’ll dance the night away; I’m gonna make you mine.”
Connie Francis — “Stupid Cupid”
“Stupid Cupid you’re a real mean guy; I’d like to clip your wings so you can’t fly; I’m in love and it’s a crying shame; And I know that you’re the one to blame.”
Sam Cooke — “Chain Gang”
“Mm, I’m goin’ home one of these days; I’m goin’ home see my woman;
Whom I love so dear; But meanwhile I got to work right he-ere.”
Buddy Holly — “That’ll Be the Day”
“Well, that’ll be the day, when you say goodbye; Yes, that’ll be the day, when you make me cry; You say you’re gonna leave, you know it’s a lie; ‘Cause that’ll be the day when I die.”
The Coasters — “Yakety Yak”
“Take out the papers and the trash; Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash;
If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor; You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more.”
The Platters — “The Great Pretender”
“Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh); Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh); I play the game but to my real shame; You’ve left me to dream all alone.”
Three Dog Night — “Joy to the World”
“Jeremiah was a bullfrog; Was a good friend of mine; I never understood a single word he said; But I helped him a-drink his wine.”
The Box Tops — “The Letter”
“Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane; Ain’t got time to take a fast train;
Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home; My baby, just-a wrote me a letter.”
The Foundations — “Build Me Up Buttercup”
“Why do you build me up (build me up) buttercup, baby; Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around?; And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby; When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still.”
Herman’s Hermits — “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”
“Every time I see you lookin’ my way; Baby, baby, can’t you hear my heartbeat?; In the car or walkin’ down the highway; Baby, baby, can’t you hear my heartbeat?”
Herman’s Hermits — “Henry the VIII, I Am”
“I’m Henry the eighth I am; Henry the eighth I am, I am; I got married to the widow next door; She’s been married seven times before.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival — “Fortunate Son”
“Some folks are born silver spoon in hand; Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh; But when the taxman comes to the door; Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival — “Bad Moon Rising”
“I hear hurricanes a-blowing; I know the end is coming soon; I fear rivers over flowing; I hear the voice of rage and ruin.”
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