Down Memory Lane

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  1. I appreciate that. I’m the generation of the next decade as a teenager, the 70s, and I hung out with and idolized the hippy/artist/radicals of this generation when I was 18, 19, 20 but I never understood what the lyrics of this song meant until now. It was just gibberish with a nice tune. But, I got all of the references. I wonder if — this might be a stretch — the reference to the three men he idolized and the church bells being silent might not be a reference to the three children who were killed in the bombing of a black church, at least in part.

    It is an ironic sign of the times, however, that since then, the culture has become so balkanized that, apart from a couple of big things like the image of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, I have no idea what those more contemporary photos refer to.

  2. Actually, on second thought, I think this song reflects the narcissism of a generation in assuming that only its innocence was lost.

    The generation that went through World War One felt totally disillusioned, as if their innocence had been ripped away. Lots of movies and literature left from that time explored that. Thomas Mann’s “Magic Mountain,” “All Quiet On The Western Front (one of the first books banned by Hitler upon coming to power), Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge” to name just three.

    The generation that experienced Pearl Harbor certainly felt that their innocence had been ripped away, so did the generation immediately following the American Revolution as many sank into poverty as the Government wasn’t able to pay its debts and resorted to legal subterfuge to avoid paying backpay to soldiers and others.

    Chaim Solomon, who gave every penny he had to keep the Continental Army going and fed and housed governmental officials — as well as personally serving as a spy and translator — lost everything and died in poverty.

    What’s new about us baby-boomers and all those who followed is our enduring and seemingly endless narcissism. This business about the Kotel and conversions is case in point.

    I am reminded of having heard with some amusement, some older person of great accomplishment, I forget who, irritably referring to a child — and not any prodigy — who had already published his autobiography in some electronic form or other.

    Now every 6 months is a new generation. Used to be twenty years, then 20. Won’t be long before its a matter of minutes.

    After every commercial —
    A new generation will be born.

    As in Jonah will 25 in the year 2000

  3. I’m referring to the ending. I saw this at my girlfiend’s campus in 1979. Popular film though obscure now. Kind of in the “Return of the Secaucus Seven” “Big Chill” genre about veterans of the Anarchist uprising of Paris in May of ’68. Katherine Hepburn also starred in a film about that. The Madwoman of Chaillot.

    THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969) [comedy, drama]
    Directed by: Bryan Forbes and John Huston
    Starring: Paul Henreid, Yul Brenner, Edith Evans
    Written by: Edward Anhalt, Jean Giraudoux (play), and Maurice Valency
    Studio: Commonwealth United Entertainment
    Runtime: 132 minutes

    Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000

    https://youtu.be/N8fhqHyRj6M

    Wonderful monologue. Toxic politics which lays out the basis for the today’s unquestioned and implicit Progressivist worldview. Worth watching to the end. Reposting. Co-Stars the great Mioux Mioux (though she’s not in this scene.)

    Two other great film metaphors for that event are “The Orchestra Rehearsal” by Fellini about an Anarchist revolution in the Vatican Orchestra.

    and

    “The Phantom of Liberty” by Luis Bunuel.

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