31 July 2016

Together

Time for a song. From a band you don't hear much about these days - Jefferson Airplane. They came out of San Francisco and were mainly active between 1965 and 1972. They were heroes of the counterculture movement and this was frequently reflected in their music. There was more to them than the usual hunger for pop fame and wealth. They felt that they had something to say and so did the people who bought their records. Though I never saw them in  concert, I owned one of their albums. It was  called "Volunteers" and on it "We Can Be Together" was my favourite track. Please listen if you have the inclination and five minutes to spare. It's a little window that takes you right back to 1969... forty seven years ago...
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We can be together
Ah you and me
We should be together

We are all outlaws in the eyes of America
In order to survive we steal cheat lie forge fred hide and deal
We are obscene lawless hideous dangerous dirty violent and young
But we should be together
Come on all you people standing around
Our life's too fine to let it die
We can be together

All your private property is target for your enemy
And your enemy
Is we
Da da da da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da da da
We are forces of chaos and anarchy
Everything they say we are we are
And we are very
Proud of ourselves

Up against the wall
Up against the wall fred (motherfucker)
Tear down the walls
Tear down the walls

10 comments:

  1. Good band. So many good bands were around at that time. Where have all the good bands gone???

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  2. ...Gone to flowers every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

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    1. You read my thoughts.... :)

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  3. Were they good bands because they remind us of our youth - or were they good - unlike many of those today?

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    1. Good question CG. A bit like the chicken and egg question. I like to think that there was a lot more integrity in the making of music back then but I could be wrong.

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    2. They still sound as good as they did then...so they must have been good. They certainly sound better than a lot that is around today. Actually, to my way of thinking, there are none around today as good as those of the Sixties and Seventies. I might be prejudiced or biased...but I don't believe so. The proof is in the listening.

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    3. As a member of a generation not even dreamed of in the Sixties and Seventies, I'd say those groups were good.

      Today it seems to me that anyone with a computer can alter and then put out his own music, and thus the standard of music falls. To compensate, the value of image (or outrageousness) rises so that the artist may gain popularity.

      Does that seem about right?

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  4. I love Jefferson Airplane! I have their greatest hits album and it is excellent (and includes this song). White Rabbit has long been one of my favorite songs. I love the spacey psychedelic quality, and Grace Slick's soaring vocals.

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    1. Don't know why but I love those lines from "Wooden Ships"..
      "You must try some of my purple berries
      I been eating them for six or seven weeks now
      Haven't got sick once"

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