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We all think that when we were young The sun shone for 23 hours a day Not altogether true But it seems that way in hindsight But things always look better looking back They were more innocent times More naïve times There were things that were not said Or not discussed in mixed company Now anything goes For example we didn’t have to endure Endless TV ads for sanitary products and pantie liners Thrush medicine or haemorrhoid cream Or women discussing their bladder weakness or blocked bowels Way back then we only had the three TV channels, Which was enough And the network shut down at 10.30 So we knew when to go to bed And there was no such thing as daytime telly The soap of the day was “Coronation Street“ And from America “Peyton Place” For the kids “Noggin the Nog” “Mr. Pastry” or the “Wombles” “Captain Pugwash” with seaman Stanes And Roger the cabin boy Comedy like “Sykes”, “The Good Life” And “Morecambe and Wise” Sid and Hattie in the “Carry Ons Grass hopper in “Kung Fu” “Land of the giants”, “Blake’s Seven” and “Dr Who” You could still watch sport on terrestrial With “Grandstand” on the Beeb And on ITV, Dickie Davis with “World of sport” Now we have hundreds of channels Showing the same programs we used to watch on three channels In the music world the “Rolling Stones” Were closer to puberty than senility Music came on vinyl though we just called them records The first record I bought was “Good news week” By Hedgehoppers Anonymous You could buy LP’s, singles and audio cassettes Even 8 track though not very long lived Petrol was only five bob a gallon While beer was just 10p a pint Penny chews and sweets in a jar Oh for the time when you could still get Treats, opal fruits and spangles Back then gay still meant happy And everyone wore a ticka ticka Timex on their wrist, That you had to wind up. It was a time when we all wanted to be in love Like Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in “Brief Encounter” And we didn’t think it was corny when Bette said “Gerry lets not ask for the moon we already have the stars” It was a time when we all wanted to be suave and debonair Just like Fred Astaire And dance with panache and savoir fare Its not that I’m a cup half empty kind of guy But things do look better looking back At a time before political correctness was invented And you could laugh at a joke and not worry That someone you have never met and probably will never meet Might be offended by it Or more likely upset someone who got offended on their behalf Take me back to simpler times

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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