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Jefferson Airplane – Lather lyrics

Lather was thirty years old today.
They took away all of his toys.
His mother sent newspaper clippings to him,
About his old friends who'd stopped being boys.
There was Harwitz E. Green, just turned thirty-three,
His leather chair waits at the bank.
And Sergeant Dow Jones, twenty-seven years old,
Commanding his very own tank.
But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps
And thrashing the air with his hands.

But wait, ol' Lather's productive, you know,
He produces the finest of sound,
Putting drumsticks on either side of his nose,
Snorting the best licks in town,

But that's all over...

Lather was thirty years old today
And lather came foam from his tongue.
He looked at me, eyes wide, and plainly saying,
"Is it true that I'm no longer young?"
And the children call him famous,
What the old men call insane.
And sometimes, he's so nameless,
That he hardly knows what game to play,
Which words to say.

And I should have told him, 'No, you're not old. '
And I should have let him go on... Smiling... Babywide.



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    I believe that this song Lather by Jefferson Airplane means to me- About a mental retarted man who has a mind of a child who these people introduced him to adult things which he was not ready for mentally. Even though the children love him, its like he can't go back because it is not right for him with him being 30. These people noticed that he was not happy being an adult and his mind is wanting to go back to a child mind (even though he still is slow at mind, like a child) he can't go back so they wish - and I should of let him go-on Smiling. Baby. Wide.
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    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. It brought tears to my eyes then (I was 18) and still does today. Had a crush on Grace Slick, fantastic voice. The young should listen to some of this stuff to hear what music good is.
    The song was written about the ja's Drummer I believe when he turned 30.
    The clip is from the Smothers Brothers that aired in the 60's they were in Nixon's enemy list so were the ja probably it was a long list.
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    I hate being a child in these days. Its like you can't be a child, you can't do childish things, you can't have fun. I tried too like the hippies did and had a little bit of fun but that didn't last long. Actually it was really not worth it because I spent so much more in lockup than I did out and I didn't do anything, I didn't hurt anyone you know what the hippies believed. That why I would rather be a child in the hippies days instead of now because it is so depressing and it is a killer to a lot of people. Oh I wish so much that those days would come back but their not the world is just gonna end soon but knowing the saying "Be happy for me, I'm going to a better place." And what I think- I will get to live like a child, nothing to worrie about, and you will be seeing me and alot of other people- Similing. Baby-Wide.
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