What Made Me Me

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by olefin, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. olefin

    olefin New Member


    What Made Me Me

    Long ago and far away,
    In a land that time forgot,
    Before the days of Dylan,
    Or the dawn of Camelot.

    There lived a race of innocents,
    And they were you and me,
    Long ago and far away
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    Oh, there was truth and goodness
    In that land where we were born,
    Where navels were for oranges,
    And Peyton Place was porn.

    For Ike was in the White House,
    And Hoss was on TV,
    And God was in His heaven
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We learned to gut a muffler,
    We washed our hair at dawn,
    We spread our crinolines to dry
    In circles on the lawn.

    And they could hear us coming
    All the way to Tennessee,
    All starched and sprayed and rumbling
    in the Land That Made Me Me.

    We longed for love and romance,
    And waited for the prince,
    And Eddie Fisher married Liz,
    And no one's seen him since.

    We danced to "Little Darlin'",
    And Sang to "Stagger Lee"
    And cried for Buddy Holly
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    Only girls wore earrings then,
    And three was one too many,
    And only boys wore flat-top cuts,
    Except for Jean McKinney.

    And only in our wildest dreams
    Did we expect to see
    A boy named George, with Lipstick
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We fell for Frankie Avalon,
    Annette was oh, so nice,
    And when they made a movie,
    They never made it twice.

    We didn't have a Star Trek Five,
    Or Psycho Two and Three,
    Or Rockey-Rambo Twenty
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    Miss Kitty had a heart of gold,
    And Chester had a limp,
    And Reagan was a Democrat
    Whose co-star was a chimp.

    We had a Mr Wizard,
    But not a Mr T,
    And Oprah couldn't talk, yet
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We had our share of heroes,
    We never thought they'd go,
    At least not Bobby Darin,
    Or Marilyn Monroe.

    For youth was still eternal,
    And life was yet to be,
    And Elvis was forever,
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We'd never seen the rock band
    That was Grateful to be Dead,
    And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson,
    And Zeppelins weren't Led.

    And Beatles lived in gardens then,
    And Monkees in a tree,
    Madonna was a virgin
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We'd never heard of Microwaves,
    Or telephones in cars,
    And babies might be bottle-fed,
    But they weren't grown in jars.

    And pumping iron got wrinkles out,
    And "gay" meant fancy-free,
    And dorms were never coed
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We hadn't seen enough of jets
    To talk about the lag,
    And microchips were what was left at
    The bottom of the bag.

    And Hardware was a box of nails,
    And bytes came from a flea,
    And rocket ships were fiction
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    Buicks came with portholes,
    And side show came with freaks,
    And bathing suits came big enough
    To cover both your cheeks.

    And Coke came just in bottles,
    And skirts came to the knee,
    And Castro came to power
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    We had no Crest with Fluoride,
    We had no Hill Street Blues,
    We all wore superstructure bras
    Designed by Howard Hughes.

    We had no patterned pantyhose
    Or Lipton herbal tea
    Or prime-time ads for condoms
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    There were no golden arches,
    No Perriers to chill,
    And fish were not called Wanda,
    And cats were not called Bill.

    And middle-aged was thirty-five
    And old was forty-three,
    And ancient was our parents
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    But all things have a season,
    Or so we've heard them say,
    And now instead of Maybelline
    We swear by Retin-A.

    And they send us invitations
    To join AARP,
    We've come a long way, baby,
    From the Land That Made Me Me.

    So now we face a brave new world
    In slightly larger jeans,
    And wonder why they're using
    Smaller print in magazines.

    And we tell our children's children
    of the way it used to be,
    Long ago, and far away
    In the Land That Made Me Me.

    Author unknown

  2. Wally

    Wally New Member

    That was GREAT Dayton!!!
    Thank you

  3. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

    Waco, Texas, Un
    i like that, but cannot relate
  4. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY
    I agree. That was a great post Dayton! Thanks for sharing!
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    Great post Dayton, thanks.
  6. Hope

    Hope New Member


    That is very cool :lol: I'll be back with reps!!

    Two things tho...

    I dunno about that business of crinoline spreading AND
    how exactly would one go about gutting a muffler??
  7. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    You are older than me yet i remember most of what you were talking about in this wonderful post. T.v is just getting worse and worse. I refuse to listen to today's Country Music,I've got my ears burned on more than one song.I have seen advertizements of the "Son's of Hollywood" and have to say I am sickened and appauled that they would show things that are pure filth for our children to see. I refuse to watch it,yet they still advertize the junk! Reps to you Buddy,you hit the nail on the head with this one!:big_smile:
  8. jholl949

    jholl949 New Member

    Mannford. Oklah
    The greatest thing about it all
    The things that came to be
    Was through it all, we had a ball
    In the land that made Me Me

    And now as we are older
    And newer things we see
    The world is getting bolder
    In the land that made Me Me

    SUV's and RPG's
    and rockets to the stars
    Advancements we plainly see
    And laser treating scars

    I truely stand here and look behind
    If man will ever see
    The power of His great mind
    In the land that made Me Me

    Sorry, Dayton, but those words just took off in my head.
    Didn't mean to detract from your great post, just added a P.S.
  9. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

    Dayton, I can count on you for something good and wholesome. You can 'remember way back when' and put me in a frame of mine of how I wish things outta be. I remember that Daisey in her Dukes and the He-haw gals were as about as bad as it got. And Ester on Sanford and Son was about as violent as it got :lol: But that was 25+ years ago and times I have changed. I was making the bed yesterday and I heard something on TV, an advertisement, I became so discouraged. I get tired of my daughters asking me what is the males enhancement commericals are about. Or the dial a date ot text to talk to some 'girl'. We have all our parental controls set on our TV's but still....I understand where you're coming Mrs. Pat, its down right vulger at times. I wish more 'June CLeaver' shows would appear. We really enjoyed watching Seventh Heavan when the kdis came in from school, cant find it now.

    Thanks Dayton, it was a great poem. A wonderful post.
  10. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    I can relate. Oh! The Sweet Bye and Bye. Time definitely changes things. Thanks for sharing Dayton.:big_smile:
  11. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Thanks for sharing Dayton , owe ya one brother!!
  12. fish

    fish Active Member

    Dayton, right on brother!