BALLAD OF THE '60s


By Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani
Written in 1968




In the 1960s a favorite past time of mine (and my friends') was taking the titles of songs and putting them together as a type of story. This was one such endeavor:

Suzanne takes you down to the Isle of Islay where Jennifer Juniper Lives, Lives, Lives. Then, Five To One are the chances that Lovely Rita must take with me when the Summertime Blues gets us bopping down on Sunset on Tuesday Afternoon. My long Hair and embroidered bell-bottoms are tripping me out as I see Reflections everywhere.

At MacArthur Park Julia says, "I Will," and Simon Says, "I'm Down - so I'll sing you a song about the Hurdy Gurdy Man." Lelana laughs as Mr. Kite turns somersets and is Fixing A Hole where the rain got in. That sure stopped his mind from wandering about Going Up The Country with the Canned Heat! Before I know it, I'm On The Road Again with Lucy In The Sky on Sunday Morning. Then, comes Monday, Monday, and I sure got by with A Little Help from my friends when learning how to do The Jerk.

I've got Friday On My Mind, since My Baby's Got Me Locked Up in Chains in a White Room, and the Sunshine of Your Love shines down on the Purple Haze in San Francisco. But, I'm up 8 Miles High when I get sick because Everybody's Talking At Me. "But, I'd Like To Get To Know You," says Loretta, while the Wind Cries Mary...blah blah blah.

But, to the surprise of everyone, Along Comes Mary singing "Never My Love," and When The Music's Over you'll take a Piece of My Heart, but I hope you'll sing It's Your Birthday while we're Leaving On A Jet Plane, Back In the USSR.

Dear Prudence, is it any wonder that you say you're Mother Nature's Son? Rocky Raccoon is laughing it up Down at Palisades Park, which, if you must know, is on Top of the World.

Peace, Brother, Peace, says Brother Love. When the War is Over and the Unknown Soldier walks again on Love Street, we will then have what the world needs now - Love. Let It Be.



© Copyright, 1968, 2002, Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani


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