"Good Morning, Starshine - The Earth Says Hello!"
It's time to take a step back to a time when lyrics actually meant something, songs were statements of authority about social ills and interpersonal communications. Music had depth, range and emotional content. For those in doubt, the lyrics to the song actually go "Gliddy glub gloopy, Nibby nabby noopy, La la la lo lo, Sabba sibby sabba, Nooby abba nabba, Le le lo lo, Tooby ooby walla, Nooby abba naba, Early morning singing song..." [ Lyrics
I'm convinced that what this country needs is another sociological goosing like we got from the musical "Hair"
back in the sixties. It will be far easier on the country's digestive system if that goosing could be delivered via dancing hippies performing educational musical numbers with a strong liberal agenda. Let's face it, only hippies can save us from the ravages of Paris Hilton and the horrors of George Bush!
The song Good Morning, Starshine
is one of those truly great songs with a happy tune and a positive message. I found versions of "Good Morning, Starshine"
by Sesame Street
, The Simpsons
, Danielle White
, Tristan and Micah
and Karlskoga kulturskola, Sweden
. These two versions from Serena Ryder
] have terrible audio.
The two songs "White Boys / Black Boys"
are perhaps even more topical today the they were at the time of the films release. The interracial-sex overtones are not shocking at all now as they were then, but the homosexual subtext of the army recruiting officers takes on a whole new meaning in today's political climate.
I think my favorite song from "Hair"
was the heart-wrenching "Easy to be Hard."
] That was the scene when Hud's ex-fiancee shows up with his son, Lafayette, Jr. and asks him to come home. The power and emotional conflict of that scene in the film were a harsh dose of reality, the song itself was a stark contrast to the music in the rest of the film.
Very few songs have the same emotional kick as "Easy to be Hard."
People alway say that "they don't make 'em like they used to," and in this case it's true. When was the last time you heard a song with the same degree of pathos? I found a couple other versions of the song by Jennifer Warnes on the Smother Brother's Show
, and Cheryl Barnes
I also found Hair
by the the Simpsons, and The Age of Aquarius
from the "40 year old virgin".