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Lyrics for 70s commercials

25 Feb

This is my blog post for commercials of the 70s that I remember. This is a general post of just a few words, but if I can find more of the lyrics or remember them. I will make a separate entry for each of those commercials that are so notable I remember them or that can be found on You Tube or sometimes the lyrics are printed elsewhere. There is a website with commercial lyrics from the 70s, but they missed so much. I sent them updates years ago, but they never published them.

A&W root beers got that frosty mug taste, only A&W root beers got that frosty mug taste, hot hot days mean cold cold root beer waiting for you, so quench your thirst, yeah, drench your thirst with A&W

Absorbine Jr, You work hard you ache, where does it get you? in the neck? In the shoulders? In the back? Ohooooooo Absorbine Jr it’s hard working medicine works as hard as you do

Alka Seltzer

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. you ate it Ralph, I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. no Ralph I ate it, I can’t believe I ate the whole thing, gimme some Alka Seltzer

Almaden Golden Chablis, far more inviting then you dreamed a wine could be.

Apple Jacks, a is for apple j is for jacks, cinnamon toasty apple jacks, you need a good breakfast that’s a fact, start it off with apple Jacks, repeat Apple Jacks, several times as a refrain

Armour Hot Dogs what kind of kids love Armour Hot Dogs, fat kids, skinny kids, even kids with chicken pox, love hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs, the dogs kids love to bite

Beneficial Finance Company, toot toot, we’ve good for more

The loan company that gives you great money a great values. Because at beneficial you’re good for more.

Big Banana Ink Crayons, We go bananas for Big Banana Ink Crayons, you’ll learn to write a lot of ways, oh we go bananas for Big Banana Ink Crayons, their colors are so bright and gay! Oh you can learn to color, bright smooth lines of fat, draw a banana and give it a hat. Ok, bunch, (children sing) oh we go bananas for Big Banana Ink Crayons.

Big Red, say good bye a little longer, get that big bold big long lasting flavor with big red

Big wheel commercial, Look at that big wheel, roaring, charging, spinning, wining, the big wheel by Marx.

Bumble Bee Tuna yum yum bubble bee with a big balloon float shaped like a bumble bee

C & H, Pure Cane Sugar, from Hawaii, growing in the sun. Island sugar growing pure, fresh and clean, C & H Pure Cane Sugar, is the one.

Cathy Quick Curl Doll, You can fix her hair: Fancy sporty wild or swirly up or down or cutie curly in just minutes you can change it, do you like it? Rearrange it. No setting no wetting. New Cathy Quick Curl with mess upable, fix up able, beautiful upable hair.

Caramel, $100,000 Bar, chewy chewy Carmel, this is your Carmel bar Nestlé $100,000 Bar.

Campbell’s Soup, Asking kids, what’s your favorite, kids say: chicken noodle, chicken with rice, chicken with stars, you forgot to say Campbell’s.

Charlie Perfume, There’s a fragrance that’s here to stay and they call it, Charlie. Kinda young, kinda now, Charlie. Kinda free, kinda wow, Charlie.

Chevrolet see the usa in your Chevrolet, see Ellis brooks today for your Chevrolet

Chiffon butter spread, you might think its butter, but it’s not, its Chiffon

Chrysler Cordoba Ricardo Montalban (you can find this on you tube)

Cracker Jack, candy coated pop corn peanuts and a prize, that’s what you get in Cracker Jacks

C W post, Band leader sings with whole families, similar to the music man, we got trouble song. Now here’s a cereal for the whole family, sweet enough for kids, but not too sweet for me c w post. It’s crunchy, it’s light, it’s fortified too, folks I would go and try some if I were you c w post (repeat refrain of the name of the cereal) sung by family chorus family style cereal (C W post committed suicide)

Datsun, Nobody demands more from a Datsun, than Datsun. We are driven.

We’re so delikable, we look alike we smell alike we taste alike, we’re so delikable, just take a slip from us and you’re agree, we’re so delikable

Digger The Dog digging he goes with you, when you explore, just pull his leash and go for a walk, he’s your dog for sure

Dippity-Do, New ball balance, New from Dippity-Do

Dole bananas, The dole banana is the great banana and it’s great because it’s Dole.

Don’t break the ice, game, he’s the man, oh you broke the ice, he fell through

Dr. Pepper, I drink Dr. Pepper and I’m proud, I’m part of an original crowd, everywhere you go are peppers lots of folks you know are peppers, wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too? Be a pepper! Drink Dr. Pepper.

Enjoli Perfume, I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and still make my husband feel like a man, because I’m a woman, Enjoli.

Home Shopping Club, The home shopping club comes to my house, it feels like I’m getting a hug, I love the home shopping club, more like 80s, this was an ad for a channel called the Home Shopping Club, a bunch of house wives sang it.

Hush Puppies aren’t a fancy shoe or a phony shoe they’re just dumb, soft and cool, you’re gonna love em, pig skin too, they’re just the dumbest, hush puppies aren’t a fancy shoe or a phony shoe they’re just dumb, put em on your feet give your toes a treat, what a comfortable shoe.

Fla-Vor-Ice, I’m the flavor ice giant with some cool advice try my freezer cold bars of flavor ice

The giant cooler, Fla-Vor-Ice Giant Freeze

Ginger Ale Tastes like love, Canada dry Ginger Ale Tastes live love

Granny Goose Chips, What is granny’s secret, I won’t say, how she makes her corn chips, fresh that way, Oh Mr. Corneille

What do you get for 99 cents at H salt fish and chips?

What do you get for 99 cents that makes you smack your lips?

You get fish, chips, cole slaw and a smile.

Hamm’s Beer From the Land of Sky Blue Waters, From the Land of Sky Blue Waters, Hamm’s the beer refreshing

Hanes will make you smooth and silky, shapely, sexy, On the coast of southern France the other girls don’t stand a chance, Gentlemen prefer Hanes

Honeycomb Cereal, Honeycombs got a big, big, bite, its not small no no on, great big taste and a great big bite.

Heinz Snack Pack, Pick up the pudding and tell me that, sure tastes Creamy, Snack Pack, Jack.

Inchworm by Romper Room, ride up and down, and up down, inch woman, I’m telling the truth, inch worm, I love you.

Junior Mints, Spread the word, pass em cool, Junior Mints

Tingle to the touch of Jean Naté, electrifying, awaken, exhilarating, Jean Naté

Koogle peanut spread, what do you do with peanutie koolie spread on a sandwich or a cracker or a bun, first you koolie then you chewlie, and then you koolie it one more time, peanutie koolie with the kookie eyes

Kool-Aid oh yeah, here comes Kool aid, crashes through a wall, going to chase your thirst away

Levi’s Blue Jeans

your jeans fit to you, and it makes me smile to think what you do, in your personal fit, Levi 501 jeans

Levi’s Jeans

Libby’s

When Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s read the label label label, you will find it, find it on your table table table.

Life Cereal, Some cereal, mom says it supposed to be good for you, you try it. I’m not going to try it. Lets get Mickey to try it, he won’t like it he hates everything, he likes it hey, Mickey!

Life, the game of life, the game the game of life the game, you will learn about life when you play the game of life, start out with two thousand dollars, and a car, go to college, or straight into business.

Lite Brite making things with light, colors light making things with lite bright

McCulloch chain Saw, You’re in luck when you got a McCulloch chainsaw

You got power by the hour in your hands…”

you got power by the hour in your hands

with you’re the a master because you keep a cutting faster

You’re in luck when you got a McCulloch chainsaw

Meow Mix, I want tuna, I want liver, I want chicken, please deliver

Milky Way candy bar, a Milky Way bar where ever you are, at work rest of play Milky Way

Miller beer If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer. Miller beer

Mounds and Almond Joy, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t, got nuts Almond Joy, Mounds don’t.

Mystery Date Game

Mystery Date, are you ready for your Mystery Date? Open the door for your Mystery Date.

Oreos, a kid will eat the middle of the Oreo and save the chocolate cookie outside for last.

Pontiac Ventura, it’s a prestige car (man sings), Ventura’s a low price car (woman sings) Pontiac Ventura, right from Pontiac.

Razzles, First it’s a candy, then it’s a gum. Little round Razzles are so much fun. Give me some, give me some Razzles, they’re a whole candy store in a package, rooty-fruit flavors, give me some Razzles, they’re a whole candy store in a package

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you got peanut butter on my chocolate, you got chocolate on my peanut butter.

Samsonite Luggage, Barney Samsonite, Wife to Husband

Sealy Posturepedic, Hey, my back feels great come on world, have a Sealy Posturepedic morning

When you go places the show place is the Sheraton

there’s no place on earth you rather stay

from mountain parks to ocean beaches

nightlight string the girls and teaches

across the land around the world as far as you can see

when you go places the show place is the Sheraton

Slinky, what walks down stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a slinky sound, it’s slinky, it’s slinky, it’s fun, it’s a wonderful toy, it’s fun for a girl or boy

Smash Up Derby with bugum, He’s demolition demon in a beat up Chevrolet, It ain’t worth a dollar so he wrecks it every day. Crash bang smash em up put em back again, Smash bang crack em up its crash up time my friend, Now here’s Kenner SSP smash up derby set, Those cars have got new sonic sound

You ain’t heard nothing yet Come on little bugum you can get it done, Bang crash crack em up smash up derby is fun. (southern accent)

When You’re Out of Schlitz, You’re Out Of Beer, buddy, you’re out of beer

Snoopy Snow Cone Machine, featuring kids using the product

Starburst Fruit Chews, a burst of fruit flavor from the very first chew! A burst of fruit flavor, in orange, lemon and strawberry too, and lime!

Tiffany Taylor, she sparkles! Boy whistles at girl

Toni home perm, Curls are back and Toni’s got em, and you can get em anyway you want em.

Bop bo curls really loose curls big soft swining swirls, Curls are back and Toni’s got em, Toni home perm

3 Musketeers commercial, Featuring a hot air balloon

I’ll like to take ride very high in the sky with my Three Musketeers

I can’t get far without my fluffy chocolate bar Three Musketeers

No matter what’s around, that’s where I can be found with my Three Musketeers

Toys R Us, the world’s biggest toy store is Toys R Us

Tropical Blend, Wild it’s the savage tan, get it fast with tropical blend, dark and sleek it’s the savage tan, get it fast with Tropical Blend.

Underalls and slender alls, someone is wearing new slender alls to make her look thinner

And I would like to see the whole world smiling with me. Coca-Cola adds life. Have a Coke and a smile.”

Levi Strauss co

ultra brite toothpaste

mother never warned me about ultrabrite

When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen

When the dog is yapping and the kids are snapping, and the house is falling down, it ain’t no joke when the TVs broke, and the car don’t work, life can be so low down, it time to relax.

WD tires and wheels, driving down the highway feeling so free tires and wheels from WD

The End

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Cross Eyed Mary and Aqualung by Jethro Tull Song Meanings

27 Feb

Essay on Jethro Tull song lyrics

Aqualung Album Song Lyrics Meanings Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson

Cross Eyed Mary and Aqualung by Jethro Tull Song Meanings and a longer discussion about song lyrics.

What lyrics enhance a rock song?

Aqualung, the Jethro Tull album was released in 1971

The first song is Aqualung and the second song is Cross Eyed Mary. Why is he called Aqualung? He breathes like someone underwater in some kind of driving apparatus. Locomotive Breath is also on the album. You can think of these songs as the three stages of Life. Young Mary, middle aged loser Locomotive Breath, and old and homeless Aqualung. Mary should of saved her money for her old age, I guess.

updated:

I wrote a blog about this song and later I read Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (33 1/3)  by Allan Moore, and he confirmed all of the conclusions I had, plus he said the Jack Knife Barber is an abortionist and she has an abortion on her lunch hour and then gets dropped off back at school.

Original blog post

I looked up the lyrics and read the interpretations, and I found I had the wrong idea about this song. I did not think Mary was a hooker, but merely a Party Girl.

She’s the robin hood of High Gate

High Gate is supposed to be Mary’s expensive school, but because I did not have access to the internet or the lyrics in the late 80’s, so I could not read any interpretations of the song. I would not have thought of High Gate School. That would not mean anything to me and I could not understand it anyway.

Another song by Jethro Tull mentions a place in England, “Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square” (from the album Stand Up 1969) predates Aqualung . I know Leicester Square is in England, but the song is just about a man rejecting a woman, and there is nothing about Leicester Square in the song. The man singing the song could be Jeffrey who goes for a walk Leicester Square and makes a decision to break up with the woman he sings about in the song, and this song is his way of telling her he is breaking up. Or maybe she is just friend of his but he wants to end the friendship.  Why not have the song be about the good looking woman who he loves instead of despises? If one wants unhappy lyrics then maybe one wants a dark metal type music to express unhappiness instead of a cheerful flute? Consider about the Fire Suite by Arthur Brown. The music is unhappy and the lyrics fits the music.

This song I believe is the case of weird title thrown on to the unrelated song. When the song title does not appear in the lyrics, you can’t know the name of the song if you hear it. This is always a mistake. Led Zeppelin did this often.  The Led Zeppelin song Out on The Tiles is the one that goes “All I need from you is all your love”. No one knows this song by the name if they are not a serious fan.

If you are not familiar with the places in England, you won’t understand Cross Eyed Mary.  Even more misunderstanding occur because people posted that High Gate is the school that the jack knife barber drops her off at, but it was a boys only school, so she can’t attend High Gate.

At first I thought maybe Mary preferred rich men, so she would not be poor. The song starts out with the lyrics “who would be a poor man, a beggar man, a thief, if he had the rich man in his hand?” But, of course, the lyrics says “his hand” so this is someone else not Mary. Who is this person? Or is he just a person in general and not one of the characters in the story?

Considering the Rolling Stones song “Playing with Fire”. The song mentions places in England, but it is very clear what Mick Jagger is singing about in the song. Playing with Fire translates to something universal we can all relate to without knowing the ends and out of those places in England.

It ruins the song to a certain extend to always thing about a homeless old man each time you hear Aqualung . A song like Aqualung  takes you up and down emotionally in the way Nietzsche described how music can make you soar to great heights. For Aqualung one wants lyrics that will make you feel like celebrating something, instead of fretting over something like the plight of the homeless. If the goal is to properly make a song about the homelessness something by Bob Marley would be more fitting as a social change anthem. The entire set of lyrics for Aqualung is a terrible mistake that cannot be undone.  Once the lyrics settle into one’s brain they will become trapped there forever.

There is this quote on Wikipedia where Ian Anderson describes Cross-Eyed Mary as a fun song about a school girl prostitute who goes with older men because she wants to. I can’t see who could think of this as a fun song. Maybe in his dreams  young school girls are like that? I wonder if he being truthful, maybe he doesn’t want to give the real explanation for the song?   Cross Eyed Mary used to be more abstract to me before I decided to analyze it. Why not make the song about blue eyed Mary, why cross eyed? Is she is really is cross eyed or just has twisted values?

Paul McCartney just throws down some kind of nonsense lyrics that he thinks up off the top of his head, because he is very stoned when he writes the lyrics. Being stoned those lyrics seems like a good idea to him at the time. John Lennon wrote meaningful lyrics. As long as Paul was with John and the Beatles his songs had good lyrics such as “Yesterday”, but upon breaking up with the Beatles he descended into infantile lyrics.

 For a small digression, consider that the lyrics to the song Imagine. Mark David Chapman cited as Imagine causing him to want to kill John Lennon. He said John Lennon was phony to say, image no possessions, when he was rich.  John Lennon ‘s lyrics were too meaningful and Paul’s were too frivolous. Imagine no Heaven or Hell, consider believing that today is all we have, and there is no afterlife and no God also made Mark David Chapman upset. I saw several biographical movies about Mark David Chapman. This was a pattern for John Lennon. He seemed to enjoy lyrics that pushed limits and made people uncomfortable. If you look at his earliest album after leaving the Beatles, which was not as well known as Imagine, the song “God” has the same theme. When Lennon and McCartney were together they balanced each other out, and the songs lyrics of the Beatles were much greater then the lyrics of either of them without the other one.

Tull has a song called “Hymn 43” (Jesus Save Me) but the song is sarcastic. It is not so much saying Jesus is fake, as it is saying people claim faith in Jesus to push their own agendas. But, don’t like that song, I barely tolerant it, so I don’t mind that I don’t like the lyrics.

Aqualung would have been more popular if it had different lyrics. The song is only popular in spite of the lyrical handicap, because it is such a great song and so well performed and sung with such conviction.  Aqualung is not played that often on classic rock stations, at least not on Sirius XM.

What statement does the song Aqualung make? Does it say homelessness is a bad thing?  The narrator does not feel pity for Aqualung.  Nor does he offer to help him. He is just singing about this homeless guy.  I wish Ian Anderson would give a better explanation so I could understand his thought process.  Maybe the narrator of Aqualung is in fact Aqualung himself. The lyric “is you see it’s only me”. I read this means Aqualung is Ian Anderson. Consider the TV show the Prisoner in which Patrick McGoohan asks “Who is number one?” and get this answer “You are number 6.” People like to read the lyric in this way.

On Wikipedia, Ian Anderson mentions a photo of a homeless guy who we assume model for the Cover Art for the album. His ex wife took the photo.  I would rather see that as the cover then the poorly drawn cover art. It is a matter of taste that I don’t like that cover art of the homeless guy. Ian Anderson had the photo of the homeless guy, and he was going to write song lyrics for his greatest song, and the photo inspired him to write the lyrics.  Was there really a photo of the original homeless guy? If so would he not deserve some royalties from the song? He would become no longer homeless if he was still alive which he couldn’t be at this time. What if there was no photo, and it was just what Ian Anderson wanted to do at the time. He wanted to pose as a old homeless guy for the album art, like the artist who did the cover art claimed. None of this was addressed in the book about the album Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (33 1/3) . What is the point of writing a book if you can’t come up with answers to the most pressing questions about Aqualung the album?

There are some artists who insist on making references pop culture. These songs become dated over time. The artists don’t want to be bound by the rules of universal concepts when writing a song. Then later on the lyrics age, and become more and more obscure, as time slips into the future. Consider the song “Orange Crush” by R.E.M.. If that drink stopped being made, the song lyrics would become less relevant.

Consider A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Anthony Burgess made up his own slang. Anyone can understand the movie version of Clockwork Orange, but reading the book is a chore, as one needs to stop and consult a glossary. Oddly enough on Wikipedia, it states that Anthony Burgess thought using made up slang would prevent the book from becoming dated. At least if one uses current slang it is possible for the devotee of the work to then study the slang from that period, but made up slang is like a time capsule time that dates the work to exactly when the it was written. If you hear someone using words from Clockwork Orange you immediate think of that novel or the movie if you have not read the novel.

By adding locations in England to songs do the lyrics become dated more quickly?  If the neighborhood changes it makes the song frozen in time. If  low class neighborhood became high class or vice versa, the whole thing is dated.  “West End Girls” by the Pet Shop Boys is an example. In Manhattan there is the upper and lower parts and one is supposed to be richer and another poorer, but that could change over time.  West side, East side, uptown are all location based concepts.  The song “Shattered” from the Some Girls album released in 1978 by the Rollingstones, mentions locations in Manhattan but the song works. You don’t need to know what Uptown is like to know the singer is complaining.

But, when the entire meaning of the song is placed up one’s ability to know that High Gate is an expensive school or an expensive part of town and Mary is not poor, the meaning of the song is lost without the ability to look up the song on the internet.

If Aqualung was a concept album, Ian Anderson claimed it was not supposed be.  I have never listened to the whole Aqualung album. I only bought the greatest hits CDs. I did not buy Aqualung as an LP. Maybe the ugly cover art put me off? I found a lot of classic rock records in the basement of my building in the 80’s that someone was throwing away. Aqualung was not among them, or I would have listened to the whole thing.  I was a bit improvised back then. I now have means to listen to the whole album if I wanted to, but now I have neither motivation nor time to listen to concept album.

In the 70s one could mull over the LP to decide if it was a concept album.  Why would you spend money for just three songs on Aqualung, when could buy the greatest hits CD or buy them one by one on ITunes or Amazon? The concept of listing to the whole album while staring at the cover art while you listen is dated.

I checked Wikipedia for the album Aqualung and found a reference in a book called  Jethro Tull: A History of the Band  which is not on Kindle so I won’t bother to buy that and read it, however, I did see that Ian Anderson also is in favor of using “the original photo”(if there was one), and not the cover art on the album Aqualung.  I was teenage girl in a record store looking at the covers of records to decide which one to buy. If I saw the Aqualung cover I would never buy that record due to the ugliness of the cover.

I saw also the album Country Life by Roxy Music with the two models on the cover, and I wondered what was inside that record, but I could not hear any samples, so I did not buy it. But, if you placed Country Life next to Aqualung and asked people if they knew nothing about the music inside which would you buy, I am sure no one would buy Aqualung. If they did pick Aqualung instead of Country Life it would be like a Rorschach test which would prove depravity. 

Also on Wikipedia I noticed Robert Christgau, a critic, also has the same feeling I have about the lyrics of the songs on Aqualung.  I would like to add I did see Jethro Tull in concert in the late 80’s and Ian Anderson was wonderful.  Clearly he cared about his music and Cross Eyed Mary was first song of the night. I would have wanted it to be a later song, because it was a mistake to play his second song first, leaving Aqualung for the last song. Ian Anderson wanted to give a good performance unlike other Older Rock acts whom just want to do the show with as little effort as possible, such as Robert Plant. I saw him on tour to support the album The Principle of Moments featuring (my love is in league with the freeway) . The worse concert I ever saw was Adam Ant, and the best was Peter Gabriel, but Ian Anderson could be considered a very strong second best concert. So, I don’t think he has a cynical personality, and hates the whole world and wants to write unhappy lyrics for this reason.  

Just one more song before I close, “Thick as a Brick” by Tull has a light hearted flute, and makes one think of skipping in the park, but thick as a brick means someone is stupid to people in England. In the USA we don’t use this term or use it. I only learned this because Princess Di, said she felt this way.