This week as I was driving (55 T'Bird--yes top down)--- home from playing golf this song came on the well not the radio. I seldom play that blasted thing as now days they play mostly "noise." Sorry I am a bit opinionated aren't I... song came on a cassette I was playing (Dan Seals)...well it made me smile and think of a number of things from the past....when our hearts were young and are souls were free...I guess most every age has that time period...or I would hope so...so below is something I wrote a while back...I share with you....
Just some thoughts:
BOB AND JUSTINE
“Put on your boppin’ socks baby/ Roll us your old blue jeans
Theres a band playin’ down at the armory/ Knows what rock and roll really means
I want to ride in your’55 (my) T-Bird/Drive through some old memories
I ain’t after your body baby/ I just want you to dance with me
I want to bop with ya baby all night long/ I want to bop the night away
I want to make it a night like it used to be/ When are hearts were young and our souls were free
I got an old photograph in my pocket/ When we were still in our teens
The Lord knows I feel a lot older now/ But you still look the same to me
Honey you don’t ever laugh like you used to/ And I don’t wanna see you blue
If you ain’t busy tonight and you think it’s alright/ I want to bop with you baby all night long
I want to bop the night away/I want to make it a night like it used to be
Oh, when hearts are were young and our souls were free
Let’s twist and shout/ Oh, just like the good old day/ Baby watch out
I want to make it a night like it used to be/ When our hearts were young and free
Bob and Justine. If you are from the late 1950s' chances are you remember a daily afternoon show out of Philadelphia, Dick Clark and his American Bandstand. I think most every teenage kid watched that show with music and dancing. Kids on that show who were the regular dancers became somewhat of a celebrity. Hey, we fellas knew who Justine was. That good lookin' blonde that danced with some guy named Bob. Justine Carelli and Bob Clayton. Justine today lives in Las Vegas and Bob in Wilmington, Delaware.
In the community where I grew up there was a teenage dance place out on east Wabash Avenue called Wassells. Wednesday night was stag night; meaning you did not have to have a date, and it cost I think a quarter to get in the place. It had a large dance floor and a jukebox at one end. Many a teenager spent summer nights there. My good friend Mike and I often went there more to watch than participate. I had no dancing skills.
Every time I hear the Dan Seals song, "Bop," I am reminded of those days.
It was a time one might call the good ole days and truly it was "when our hearts were young and our souls were free."
Do you remember?
November 11, 2011