So often, when I’m thinking about the good old days of my childhood, songs come into mind. Music was a really important part of my childhood. I loved my parents music. I still do. On car trips we’d sing all the songs that we listened to at home as a family. Baggsing our favourites to be next. Dad always chose Miles From Nowhere. Mum always chose American Pie. Josh and I used to love singing The Longer Boats by Cat Stevens. We changed the words around a bit, always adding toilet humour where we could.
My mum had this running car travelling joke with me and it still makes me laugh now because it’s so not the sort of person she normally was. It was a teasy joke and she wasn’t normally a teaser, that was my Dad’s role. She would start singing Old Shep. Do you know that song? It’s about some old dog that dies. It would always make me cry straight up and so I’d cup my hands over her mouth until she stopped. Then she’d start again and the game would continue. Sounds a little sicko now, when I think about it. Trying to make your child cry but that was obviously the kind of family we were. Sicko but cool.
Anyway, the point of this post was to share this youtube clip with you. It’s one of the strongest song memories I have of my childhood. I remember dancing around with my hippy mum and dad and brother and aunties and uncles, in the back yard in Sydney, with this song blaring on the record player – until it got stuck and then someone would have to go bounce it onto the next bit and unstick it. Nothing like cracked records, huh?
My old neighbour posted it on facebook this morning and I’ve been on a high every since. A reminiscing high. So thanks, Don. Thanks for the memories this song evokes x
Those were the days.