As usual some strange and wonderful thoughts came to me this morning as the sun came up over the mountains. It dawned (no pun intended) on me, the reason the world has gone so freaking crazy is the fact we have no fun songs. Humans for some reason started taking themselves way too serious. We have no fun and silly songs and if we did someone would be offended.
The songs I grew up with could never be played today as they would offend listeners. Because as you know, if something on the radio or television is offending you, it’s out of the question for you to just turn the channel or turn the device off.
We could never listen to the story of the itsy bitsy teenie yellow polka dot bikini. That girl was just shy, as it was the first time she wore the skimpy suit. Bikinis were the new rage in swim wear then and few had the nerve to bare it all. Nope, now days it would be a body image problem. The woman’s movement would be all over those lyrics. It teaches girls to be ashamed of their bodies.
It’s true that there was an insurance company that developed an ad with a caveman, which was popular. They even poked fun at the man who I supposed some didn’t think it was funny. All reminded me of Alley Oop. Such great lyrics,” Oop, Oop, Oop, Oop Oop Alley Oop, Oop, Oop, Oop Oop, look at that came man gooooooo!”
Song writers picked on Purple People Eaters. “Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky, It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin’ and I said “ooh-eee” It looks like a purple eater to me.” Maybe they were just trying to calm the masses as there were so many UFO sightings and people were scared. So we laughed instead.
I won’t think of what would happen in America’s streets if a song like The Witch Doctor came along these days. People would be marching in the streets, rioting and taking home big screen televisions because someone degraded a man of medicine. Scoffing at his words.” He said that, Ooo eee,ooo ah ah ting tang, Walla walla, bing bang.” It wouldn’t even matter that the man went to the witch doctor for love advice.
Considering the events in the world over the past few years, a song such as Ahab the Arab would probably cause WWIII. Which I’m still claiming the whole world has no sense of humor and take themselves way to seriously. Maybe it was that the world was simpler when these words were put to music, but I still find them amusing. In fact I still know most of the song by heart. It made us laugh.
Let me tell you about Ahab the Arab
The sheik of the burning sand
He had emeralds and rubies just drippin’ off ‘a him
And a ring on every finger of his hand
He wore a big ol’ turban wrapped around his head
And a scimitar by his side
And, every evenin’, about midnight
He’d jump on his camel named Clyde, and ride
I think however, Sam the Sham may have been the biggest offender of them all. Not the song, Wooly Bully. Or the lyrics.
Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
It was Sam the Sham and his Pharaohs attire that would throw the world as we know it today into a tail spin. OK, a faster tail spin.
I have fond memories of these songs. No one took them to heart. It was a time in history when we could laugh at ourselves and each other without fear of being hung out to dry. If Sam and his Pharaohs turned up today for a concert only the brave would attend. I can hear the threats from ISIL now.
I might be old and not PC, but I can still Papa Oom Mow Mow and Hanky Panky with the best! If you are reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about, take some time, get on YouTube and listen to these great songs. Put some Silly into your day!