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If there are any old geezers, like me, who grew up in the 1950's, this is for you. (you know who you are.) :D Sorry if it's been posted before.

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,

We went to movie matinees, and fantasized a lot.
Then Marilyn married Joe one day and thus, that dream was shot.

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And mourned for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 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.

Girls 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 Rocky-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 Audie Murphy or mighty Joltin' Joe.

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 were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but never grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed 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.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

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

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for E.D. dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our grandparents 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 girls swear by Retin-A.

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 larger "comfort-fit" 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.

If you didn't grow up in the fifties, you missed the greatest time in history. :)
 

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90's kids are the coolest. :cool:
 

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If there are any old geezers, like me, who grew up in the 1950's, this is for you. (you know who you are.) :D Sorry if it's been posted before.
Wow, that was long, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for posting. And yes, I was manufactured in the 50's. I remember poodle skirts and saddle shoes. T-birds not only came with portals, but they only had a front seat! Corvettes were the coolest car out, with their zippy 6 cylinder engine. White wall tires were cool as were curb feelers and anti-static strips that dragged the ground.

If you were really cool, you might have a spot light mounted on your car or maybe Moon hub caps.

People didn't ask if you owned a gun. They asked what kind and how many.

The only keyboards were on typewriters. Before you answered the phone, you counted the rings and listened for the pattern. Your phone had a cord and if you had one, you had "one". A cell phone was the one where you got to make your 1 phone call.

When you had a cold, your mom would rub the most awful stuff on your chest and if you cursed, you got to taste a spoonful of Castor oil. When you went to the doctor feeling sick, you got a shot of penicillin, whether you needed it or not.

Cables were for pulling your car out of the mud, not watching TV. And if you wanted to see a show, you had better have a copy of TV Guide and remember when it comes on and what channel. If you missed it, you missed it. You might see it again in the summer reruns, but no one ever thought of recording it.

These are just a few of my memories.
 

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This was in Fort Collins Colorado in 1956...living in one end of an old triplex (I think we paid about $50 a month) in the country with my Wife and first child (he's now a Grandfather)....yep, that's our pet goat...rode a 1948 Cushman motor scooter to classes at Colorado A and M (now Colorado State U) and worked in a gun shop after school and weekends...it was pretty simple then..
 

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I some times wish we could have it back..
 

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My mom must have been one of the only people who along with my dad who hated the 50s from music to tv to whatever aND THEY BOTH THOUGHT ELVIS WAS STUPID AND MUCH MORE.
 

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I too well remember the 40s and 50s. Married to first wife in 1958 (still my first wife, thank God). Gotta say that these nostalgic memories of an idyllic era are grossly distorted by time. In 50s Los Angeles one did not freely wander about the city if you valued your life. Gangs were rampant - Pachucos; White Fence; Galloping Goose; Scorpions; etc. Drugs; zip guns; - in the dozen or so barrios there was not one house that did not suffer a violent death. It was worse than today. All of my 14/15 year old friends drove nice cars - it was a minor technicality that they didn't actually own them. After graduating from the terrifying 40s with its air raid sirens and blackouts we merely entered a new era of fear. For those who think you somehow 'missed it', I submit that the last 3 or 4 decades ARE the 'good old days'. Enjoy it.
 

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Kids born in the 90's are spoiled brats. But thats what the grownups born in the 1910's were saying about us born in 50's. My guess is in 2040 you will be saying the same about kids born in 2020.
You're right. Every generation believes the old way is the best way.
 

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1956 was a great year..... :D
 

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1956 was a great year..... :D
I took my troubles down to Madame Rue
You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
She's got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine

I told her that I was a flop with chics
I've been this way since 1956
She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
She said "What you need is Love Potion Number Nine"

She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
She said "I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink"
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

I didn't know if it was day or night
I started kissin' everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine

I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

I didn't know if it was day or night
I started kissin' everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine
Love Potion Number Nine
Love Potion Number Nine
Love Potion Number Nine
 

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