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APRIL 2, 2012 8:59AM

Those Were the Days (Meathead Version)

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The above song used to come on once a week, every week for ten years I'm guessing. Archie Bunker and his wife Edith singing about the 'Good Ole Days'. Truthfully, I never missed the early shows because it took bigotry and stood it on its head. It made fun of the bigots and showed the bigot for what he is, an uniformed idiot that was taught this behavior by parents and environment. 

But his foil if you will, was Hippy Mike (not ours), the"Polish Meathead" dead from the neck up. Called the "Meathead" by Archie, he is now about sixty and that got me to thinking, I wonder what version of the song the Meathead and his wife would be playing on that very same piano? Yes, I heard they inherited it. Enjoy~


  Boy the way the Beatles played


Songs of Love the people played 


Never new where you might stay 


Those were the Days 


Didn't need no police state


We believed in Love not Hate  


Hippy's like us really had it made. 


Those were the Days

And you knew where your head was then


Girls loved Love and so did Men 


Mister aren't we damn sure glad we don't have J. Edgar Hoover again~~


People seemed to be content.  

With all the great Hallucinogens 


Freaks they never paid no rent 


Those were the Days.  

Thumbing trying to get a ride.  


To catch the the Grateful Dead Alive


Gee, Our ole' VW Van was a great ride 


Those were the Days 


 Hope you have  a trippy way


If your brains cells survive the day.


Getting high was just our way 


 Those were the Days


Hair was long and shirts were short. 


Charles Manson had his day in court.


It's just too bad the time was so short

 Those were the Days


  Bob Dylan could really play that song 


No one knows  just what went wrong.


Those were the Daaaaaaaaaaaaaays~~~~~~~





Short Version (Aired at beginning of episodes) 

"Boy the way Glen Miller played, songs that made the hit parade, guys like us we had it made, those were the days, and you know where you were then, girls were girls and men were men, mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again, didn't need no welfare states everybody pulled his weight, gee our old Lasalle ran great, those were the days!" 

Full Version  

"Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the Hit Parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days! Didn't need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight Gee, our old LaSalle (a car) ran great. Those were the days! And you knew where you were then! Girls were girls and men were men. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent. Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days! Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win. Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin (five dollar bill). Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song. I don't know just what went wrong! Those Were the Days!" 


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What a tremendous song, Mr. Scanner. The photos are tripping too. Reminded me of my time in Oregon. Thank you.
I don't know what went wrong!! The hippies all got fat. sigh.
Scanner,so thank you for sharing such a great and beautiful time..Your images great..I am in this time...Wished I could live a flower ρ ρart of great feelings...of great hearts..when Goodmorning was indeed a wish..and your haρρy made me haρρy..when we could be friends just cause we were right. and music was our words..When seing our alikes was more imρortant then our differences..My time..just a wish..
Rated...So fit with Sρring..I am just idiotic..I carry sixties inside me...Must stoρ..but do not want to..

Thank you for sharing and making me remember of beauty...Scanner,wishes for having a beautiful new month...Rated!!!You have brought sρring here!!!!
Scanner, where did you ever get all those amazing photos. What memories they bring back. I always preferred the Mary Hopkin tune "Those Were the Days, My Friend" from the mid-sixties. Thought it was just a catchy tune then, but now, at my age, the lyrics are heartbreaking.
"My friend, we are older but no wiser. In our hearts the dreams are still the same." Amen to that. Peace. R
I started this and it took longer than I thought because I kept looking at all the great pictures from that era. Just type "Hippy" on Goggle and there are thousands. Hippy Buses, they got them. Hippy vans, they got them. Naked hippy's, yes, they got them. I loved it back then and that was my time. I hate the atmosphere of today, it reminds me of what I read about the 50's. The fucking conservative Ozzy & Harriet illusion. Thanks~
Groovy, Dude. Abides.
Thanks for bringing me back when life was full of all those 3D. It was a time that really can't be repeated so I hold it in my heart.
Never saw the lyrics of the full version. Thank you! r.
This was pure historic art. Great piece! R
Best Saturday night line up ever. Peace.
there are still hippies use the back door around here I have seen them and laugh my head off when I do.
I wish I was back there now.
I know where you can find hippies in Amsterdam...
peace, love, togetherness.

Nice one, Scanner.

As someone who watched every episode of "All in the Family" with total delight and saw what TV could be and no longer now bothers to have a TV set, I sank neck deep into nostalgia and wept a bit.
Scanner, don't take the orange Owsley! They stomped on it with Meth!! Bad trip man!
They don't make TV shows like All in the Family anymore; after MASH it was all downhill. Modern TV is crap and we may not have J Edger but we have something just as bad!
Really creative post ScanMan and you made a great point about the differences between the generations in the early 70's.
For some reason, my favorite all time scene between Archie and Michael was when they debated the proper way to put on shoes and socks--"a shoe and a sock and a shoe and a sock; or a sock and a sock and a shoe and a shoe." Comedy writing and comedic acting at its best.
those were the days
for just a little while.
then we screwed the pooch.
we always do.
but for a little while, it was sweet, wasn't it?
or maybe it just seemed sweet.

whatever. :)
How fun to ride with you in OS Time Travel!
What a fun post for a Monday.
Hippies never die in Eugene, Oregon!
the delicious thing about it is of course
than mr. oconnell was a flaming liberal.
god bless carroll o c.
he caught the zeitgeist and murdered it, with humor.
only way to change shit, humor.
Another great post. I loved the photos and the words to your meathead song. Reminded me of my misspent youth.
rated with love
Great rewrite of the song! Though I don't think people were content then at all. Kinda of like now.
What a clever idea for a post and I sang it to Bob.
Content? Not hardly.

This was just a couple of years before I came of age.

Meathead's career didn't continue in television, it continued in the movies, where he did quality work. If you doubt it, go see This Is Spinal Tap, the funniest rock'n'roll movie ever made.
Yes they were! Thanks for the memories, Scanman.
I feel so young. This post was great! If I'm still alive when they figure out time travel, the 60s & 70s are on the top of my list to visit.
"Make love, not war." "The times they are a'changin'."
Boy does this bring memories back. You did this so nice, and the pictures are wonderful. I remember I had some jeans with patches in perfectly strategic places, haha! Course we had to drink that awful William Penn cheap whiskey right out of the bottle to be cool like Joplin! Well done Scanner!
This is a classic piece scanner! The hippie girls remind me of "Leigh French" the hippie chick who used to sometimes float into The Smothers Brothers show.

My first step down a long, smokey, VW van and tie dyed road of joy!
Great post, scanner. "All in the Family" could have been a family in my neighborhood in Jackson Heights, Queens, easily. I never liked to show till I got older. And Carroll O'Connor is a raging liberal, go figure.
Rated with a short skirt and a smile. :-)