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The Boomer Lyrics Are With Us Everywhere

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My theory is that some of us listened to, sang along, and enjoyed the songs, but that we also unconsciously understood the barrier between the lyrics and the three-dimensional real world around us. But some of us took this stuff to heart, and made it a real and permanent part of our makeup.


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We received an e-mail message from a visitor recently asking us how we thought the rhythm of the music of our youth has affected us. Hmmmmm... I guess we may tap our hands and feet more than our parents did. And perhaps we are a bit more restless. I'm not sure if that explains.... road rage, for example but it is an interesting theory.

As I flash my memory back to the sixties using the BBHQ Wayback Machine, it is the lyrics of the songs, more than the rhythm, that stand out. Now, to be sure, some of the lyrics were downright goofy. "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor on the Bedpost Over Night" comes immediately to mind:

Oh me, oh my, oh you.
Whatever shall I do?
Halleleuah,
The question is peculiar.
I'd give a lot of dough,
if only I could know,
the answer to my question, is it yes or is it no.
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?
If your mother says don't chew it, do you swallow it in spite?
Can you catch it on your tonsils, and you heave it left and right?
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost over night?

Harmless, but really goofy!

But if you'll look in the Lyrics Section of our Music Room, you'll see that most of the songs deal with feelings. Here is a short list of some of the songs that tugged at our hearts:

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
I am a Rock
Annie's Song
I Got you Babe
It's My Party
Lady Willpower
Let it Be
Love Me Tender
Over You
Please Mister Sun
Runaround Sue
Till There Was You
Will You Love Me Tomorrow

And that's just from a quick glance at our list. But there were hundreds of them. This was the first time in our history that I can recall that songs addressed feelings so strongly.

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