“Boy, the way Glenn Miller played…”
I’ve had the theme song from All In The Family trapped in my head for the last few days. Most unpleasant. I’m not entirely sure how the song got there. I haven’t been watching much TV besides reruns of The Big Bang Theory— which are on a hip channel that is the antithesis of a nostalgic channel that’d be showing Archie & Edith.
So I don’t think that I’ve seen any commercials that would have put that song into my head. Wonder where it came from?
“Guys like us, we had it made…”
I never really liked All In The Family when I first saw it on TV. I understood that Archie was a reactionary, selfish male. I got that Edith was a doormat who never stood up for herself due to some misguided sense of duty toward Archie. And I realized that Gloria, in her attempts to help her mother, was locked in an never-ending battle with her father.
“Didn’t need no welfare state…”
But the satire of the show was lost on me. In fact it wasn’t until a few years ago that it dawned on me that some people weren’t laughing at Archie. That instead, some people were laughing with Archie. I have my FIL to thank for that revelation.
“Gee, our old LaSalle ran great…”
I couldn’t tell you when I last saw an episode of All In The Family. I imagine that if I saw it now, I’d probably get the two-sided humor and enjoy it. I’m older, wiser, and much more open to different points of view– as happens when you mature and are comfortable with who you are. So the satire might appeal to me now.
“And you knew who you were then…”
But, quite frankly, with all the political nonsense that is going on in the USA now, I don’t think that I’m up to watching yet another old white male pontificate on things that he knows nothing about. My patience for such rhetoric, humorous as it can sometimes be, is all used up.
“Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again…”
Which, now that I think about it, might explain why this theme song has infiltrated my brain. Discourse during these last few weeks, to put it politely, has involved way too much looking backward and not enough going forward. Reminding me, and any woman who can think for herself, that trapped in the past is no way to live.
Don’t fool yourself, those weren’t the days.
“Those Were The Days”
by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
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 ran great. Those were the days.
And you know who 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.
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.