Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Poems, Prayers and Promises

This album came out in 1971. That was a great year for music. Dark Side of the Moon came out then too. I was sixteen years old and I stubbed my toe. I got pregnant. My poor Mom cried and cried and I was way more scared than I wanted anyone to know, but it was also one of the best times of my life. My one and only child(daughter) is 32 now and I am 51 with three grandchildren and things have worked out fine. Good times and bad times. I was too young to really grasp the seriousness of Vietnam and the revolution taking place in America. I was just old enough to enjoy the freedom, the music, the camaraderie, the smoke(gave that up while pregers) and the changes taking place. I had met a group of older friends from the University of Arlington in Texas. They were a diverse group and I learned a lot from them, how to party hardy and also much about the world. This John Denver song captures the easy, laid back feelings of the 70's, just as Jefferson Airplane captured the turbulance and anger. Listen to John Denver http://music.aol.com/artist/main.adp?artistid=4070&sem=1&ncid=AOLMUS001700000009

JOHN DENVER
POEMS PRAYERS AND PROMISES
March/1971


I've been lately thinking about my life's time
All the things I've done and how it's been
And I can't help believing in my own mind
I know I'm gonna hate to see it end
I've seen a lot of sunshine slept out in the rain
Spent a night or two all on my own
I've known my lady's pleasures had myself some friends
And spent a time or two in my own home

I have to say it now it's been a good life all in all
It's really fine to have a chance to hang around
Lie there by the fire and watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe around
And talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone how right it is to care
How long it's been since yesterday what about tomorrow
And what about our dreams and all the memories we share

The days they pass so quickly now the nights are seldom long
Time around me whispers when it's cold
The changes somehow frighten me still I have to smile
It turns me on to think of growing old
For though the life's been good to me there's still so much to do
So many things my mind has never known
I'd like to raise a family I'd like to sail away
And dance across the mountains on the moon

I have to say it now
It's been a good life all in all
It's really fine
To have the chance to hang around
And lie there by the fire
And watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady
Sit and watch the sun go down

And talk of poems and prayers and promises
And things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone
How right it is to care
How long it's been since yesterday
What about tomorrow
What about our dreams
And all the memories we share

1971 Hippies

1 comment:

chiefbiscuit said...

You and I should compare notes sometime! Quite similar experiences - except I was too much of a scaredy cat to party. That didn't stop me from getting into 'trouble' however! I got pregnant in 1973.
I still have the John Denver's Greatest Hits LP and my husband has his Farewell to Andromeda LP.
(My best friend's boyfriend said once that I was the spitting image of John Denver! Is that a good thing or bad thing? I wondered at the time, and still do!)