Thursday, January 17, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again

A day or so ago I read an interesting post written by a new friend in San Francisco. She was listing – correctly – many of the woes that presently face us on local, national, and international levels.

This all sounded familiar – too familiar – to me, and I sent her lyrics to a song I remember first hearing 40ish years ago.

She had obviously never heard the song, and I made a point or two. With the thought that you also think our present times are uniquely depressing, may I offer you three young men, guitars in hand, entertaining a large crowd of people with bell-bottom slacks, tie-dyed shirts, headbands, peace signs and flowers.

The Merry Minuet
------Kingston Trio
They're rioting in Africa. They're starving in Spain. There's hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don't like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off... and we will all be blown away.
They're rioting in Africa. There's strife in Iran. What nature doesn't do to us... will be done by our fellow man.
And how was your day?

1 comment:

Lutheran Lucciola said...

They look so happy in the picture!

Your new Meez is funny, you look like my mad scientist husband at the console.