In credible String Band – Way Back in the 1960s – humorous lyrics with a satirical bite.

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It is strange to find the sixties so far back in time. There was an ethos and energy that went far beyond the stereotype of pot, acid and sex. There was fun, idealism and a reaction against the prudish drab conservatism of that pre-sixties society. Now all we have are the stereotypes, Carnaby Street phoney gloss and stoner numbskulls.

The satirical element concentrates on the inevitable slump into the plastic society we have been busy creating – plastic entertainment, plastic food and plastic people. Then the sell-outs who were in it for the money. The use of Britain as a nuclear aircraft carrier of the USA. The silliness of fashion and phoney language adopted by the young trendies.

It was a great song from a great album.

Back in the 1960’s

I was a young man back in the 1960’s
Yes, you made your own amusements then
For going to the pictures

Well, the travel was hard and I mean
We still used the wheel
But you could sit down at your table
And eat a real food meal

But hey, you young people
Well, I just do not know
And I can’t even understand you
When you try to talk slow

There was one fellow singing in those days
And he was quite good, and I mean to say that
His name was Bob Dylan, and I used to do gigs too
Before I made my first million

That was way, way back before
Before the wild World War Three
When England went missing
And we moved to Paraguayee

But hey, you young people
Well, I just do not know
And I can’t even understand you
When you try to talk slow

Well, I got a secret, and don’t give us away
I got some real food tins for my 91st birthday
And your grandmother bought them
Way down in the new antique food store
And for beans and for bacon, I will open up my door

But hey, you young people
Well, I just do not know
And I can’t even understand you
When you try to talk slow

Well, I was a young man back in the 1960’s

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5 thoughts on “In credible String Band – Way Back in the 1960s – humorous lyrics with a satirical bite.

  1. I actually revisited this album a couple of days ago, and was lucky enough to see ISB a couple of times during those days. Robin and Mike were/are 2 talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Their live shows with the 2 girlfriends were very magical.

    1. Nice to hear from you Ian,
      Yeah. I loved them. They were very original and infectiously happy. I saw them quite a bit. I actually caught them reformed as the original trio with Clive Palmer and had a chat with him. He said he’d been living like a hermit in France.
      Happy days.

  2. A truly original, quirky and challenging band. Too young to see them first time around, and too skint the second. Saw Robin once..he’s cool. Love this song though as someone born in the 60s should!

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