I know the people of California have been wondering where I stand on the marijuana initiative. I figured I would wait and announce my position to a time when I would have maximum impact, and that time is now. In the name of Freedom and Liberty, in the name of restoring the country to its roots, I do endorse the initiative, and urge all Californians to vote to pass it, and stay in the voting booth long enough to also vote against the rich ladies trying to buy political office in our sister state on the other coast. We here in Connecticut can feel your pain.
Now, to go along with this announcement, I figured it was only appropriate to do it on this regular feature, with some appropriate marijuana themed music. I figured it wouldn’t be so hard to come up with lots of possibilities, but when I attempted to wrack my brain, it wouldn’t wrack. Sometimes I think my memory is going. I can’t fathom why. It must be something I did in my youth. So, anyway, I turned to my brother in law, who I figured could help me out, and he did-by cheating and finding a web site that listed a number of songs, very few of which, it turned out, had decent videos on youtube. He did mention, however, that his personal favorite was One Toke Over the Line, by Brewer and Shipley, and lo and behold, I found it. Now, this one comes with a bonus, but for the full impact you can’t read ahead. First let me say that these guys had the honor of making Nixon’s, or at least Agnew’s, enemy list, which certainly gives them a claim to Friday Night honors. So, here they are:
Now, if you watched the whole thing, you will recall that one of them, be he Brewer or Shipley, mentioned that this song was performed on the Lawrence Welk Show. Now, for you youngsters, the Lawrence Welk show was-how shall I say this, how can I explain???… Norman Rockwell’s America with the life and humour strained out of it, set to the most wretched music known to man. That really doesn’t do it, but it’s the best I can come up with. Well, here’s your bonus, the very video Brewer or Shipley wished to see, proving yet again that everything is on the internet, for good or for ill. I am willing to bet this is the funniest thing ever on the Welk show, which I am proud to say we did not watch in my household, or if we did, I have successfully blocked the fact from my memory.
Did you catch Welk’s line at the end? Now, clearly Welk had no idea what this song was about, but there’s no way the apple cheeked singers didn’t. They were clearly alive and of a certain age (at least the girl appears to be), and unless they were hermetically sealed between shows they couldn’t help but learn about these things. Here’s hoping they were getting a real kick out of their chance to go one toke over the line on the Welk show.
Once again, to all you Californians out there, don’t forget to vote. Vote first, toke later.