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Just a Hippy at Heart...
by Ed Matlack
Thursday, April 23, 2009
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"The 60s aren't over yet, not until the fat lady gets high!"
Ken Kesey





No longer long hair,

To hard to keep, well it did not fare,

Tie dyes, cut off shorts

An earring & beads on my neck I still wear…


My heart for the sixties still does yearn,

Twas a time when of drugs & music I did learn,

Time does pass unfortunately, turn, turn, turn,

Each generation has to of its time earn,

I try not to of the kids now, regards their music,

And their fashions and such, spurn…


Forty some years since my real hippy days,

Laying on the beaches soaking up the rays,

Before worries of radiation from the sun,

Back in those younger days when I felt I needed no one…


We drank the wine,

Smoked pot all the time,

Dropped acid & did lines,

We popped pills that made us,

Bigger & smaller,

More powerful & even taller,

Listened to loud music,

Till our ears did for mercy beg,

And I’m damned if now I most certainly,

Do not have any regrets,

Still I have not given up my beliefs, just for the almighty dollar…


"The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great."
Abbie Hoffman



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Reviewed by Gene Williamson 4/25/2009
Ah, dear Ed, where have all the flowers gone? -gene.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/24/2009
the 60's changed America- plan and simple ...
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 4/24/2009 old hippe is what you is...not was but is...

Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/24/2009
This generation had high ideals. Some real changes were made but sadly the drugs, etc. took precedence. Had some good times but saw many of my friends die, too. Still, guess it's best to remember those good times. I think what we miss most is our innocence. That didn't last long with all that went down. Peace and Love, Pass it on...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/24/2009
Peace, man - hope you find it!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/24/2009
and when the fat lady got high she sang lol
Peace, Brother ;)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/24/2009
Lil'brother, since you broke my microscope I can't read small lettering and on top of it fading purple? Go back to the 60's and come back with a high fat lady, and tell Rene about it.
PeeWee and me will sit on first row, oh man! what a show it will be!

Edvard(k) Ole Brother

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/24/2009
"The 60s aren't over yet, not until the fat lady gets high!"

If you'd share some of your stash with her, maybe we could all move on!!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 4/24/2009
Hi Ed, I didn't know that Hippie-dom was a philosophy...although it did produce some great thinkers, eh? I've never been a part of that, but understand why and a lot of truth from it... keep on, Ed! Some things will never die...

In Spirit,
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/24/2009
Better then, NO LOVE. NO PEACE, NO SEX, NO HAIR, NO POT, and no Pot to piss in, right on man! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/24/2009
JOISEY - what if all that 'acid-droppin' et cetera is WHY your mind is not at PEACE now?
Not a criticism, just an observation -

Once had a nephew, known as 'Dirty Dan' He quit school, took off at age 16, joined The Pagans, a motorcycle gang, went everywhere, did everything, including drugs and alcohol, made babies he could not support, did time in jail, GOT RELIGION THERE, became a bible-quoting fanatic, was diagnosed as Manic/Depressive - while on Meds he was a hard-working big TEDDY BEAR - he bailed me out with home and carpentry projects more than once, we HUNG OUT together, shot pool (he kicked my ARSE) - BUT - he died at 42 - not from any OD, but a congenital disease, GEHRIG'S.

Some would say that he lived a FULL life in his short time here - but when the FLASH-BACKS hit him, he could be a terror! R.I.P.

Born in 40, I was THERE when Rock N' Roll began, witnessed the Beatnik generation, and the Peaceniks, got drunk on BOOZE more than once, but never did DRUGS. Was against the Korean War, the Nam War, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War - HELL - all Wars except WWII. But, was too busy trying to support a family, raising two kids, seeing them through college, struggling through the RAT RACE - never had time to PARTY, or get involved in politics.

NOW, I have time to BITCH N' MOAN - and do so quite vehemently. GRANTED - some Hippies did some good things - BUT - some were non-productive DROP-OUTS! The reason for the coining of the word - ANTI-DISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM!

PEACE - BRO - PEACE ... but fettered by both Justice and Common Sense! TomKat.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/24/2009
i was a little too young to truly be a hippy--unfortunately, the best of what was going on seems sadly forgotten for the idea that all they did was have sex, take drugs etc--there was much more to what those folks were about, at least the ones i looked up to. The movements chaged society-some for the good, some for bad
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/24/2009
Far out, man! Yer my favorite hippie! ROCK ON, dude!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. ;D
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 4/24/2009
I remember the 60's and the nostalgic music..Tin Soldier is one I loved, Small Faces..And lotza others..Yes the world has turn turn turned...Arrg!!

Peace and then some Bro
xx Ch'erie
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/24/2009
Well my friend the peace symbol itself I read in a magazine while at the hospital has just turned fifty years old and as we look back or at least when I look back I think of our "Hippy Generation" as one that changed the world. I am not saying that it was all good but that a lot of good came out of it....PEACE BROTHER...
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