Younger Generation – John Sebastian

John Sebastian wrote this song about the generation gap, the attitude of the young to the old and the old to the young, back in the midst of the sixties revolution. We thought we were changing the world for the better. The bubble burst in violence, exploitation and morphine. Nothing much seems to have changed for the better.

It is good to look back at those times like they were a dream of great optimism and creativity. The world seems more cynical and controlled now. Rebellion is a consumer commodity.

Younger Generation – John Sebastian

Why must every generation think they’re folks are square?
And no matter where they’re heads are, they know mom’s ain’t there
Cause’ I swore when I was small, that I’d remember when
I knew what’s wrong with them, that I was smaller than

Determined to remember all the cardinal rules
Like, sun showers are legal grounds, for cutting school
I know I have forgotten maybe one or two
And I hope that I recall them all before the baby’s due
And I’ll know he’ll have a question or two

Like, hey pop. Can I go ride my zoom?
It goes two hundred miles an hour, suspended on balloons
And can I put a droplet of this new stuff on my tongue?
And imagine puffing dragons, while you sit and wreck your lungs
And I must be permissive, understanding of the younger generation

And then I know that all I’ve learned, my kid assumes
And all my deepest worries must be his cartoons
And still I’ll try to tell him all the things I’ve done
Relating to what he can do when he becomes a man
And still he’ll stick his fingers in the fan

And hey pop, my girlfriend’s only three
She’s got her own videophone
And she’s taking LSD
And now that were best friends, she wants to give a bit to me
But what’s the matter daddy? How come you’re turning green?
Can it be that you can’t live up to your dreams?

2 thoughts on “Younger Generation – John Sebastian

  1. John Sebastian ever cool? Tolerated as a flakey poppy smiley nice guy your mother might like personality but he didn’t make it with the main crowd. He was a cartoon with fancy pad up in Laurel Canyon professional entertainer masquerading in hippydom scene and any major dude will tell you that. Lovin’ Spoonful were for pre-teen/young-teen girls and he even wrote better songs than this flunky junk.
    Gotta be more cynical back in the 60-70’s with Nam. Rebellion isn’t even for sale anymore cos it died off with computers and internet and more people doing drugs and rebellious dying from drugs. States is a giant pharmacy these daze. It’s over.

    1. Well I’d largely agree with that Bob. But I still liked the sentiments of this song of his.
      I’m not sure that rebellion is totally dead these days. The drug scene certainly deadens it as you point out.

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