Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day”
— From the Doobie Brothers classic “The Captain and Me”
I don’t know about you, but at times this week I’ve felt like this was the craziest, most divisive week in America I’ve ever experienced in my (soon-to-be) 67 years.
But then remember I graduated from high school in 1968 and lived through the divisive time of civil rights and the Vietnam War and Watergate and all that.
At any rate, this calls for some music therapy from my era featuring The Doobie Brothers–a great American band that was a hit machine back in some turbulent days.
My favorite of their songs, though, wasn’t a big single hit; it was the title song from their great album The Captain and Me. (More here on it.)
It was a socially conscious song as much of their music was–“Taking it to the Streets,” for example, with lyrics like:
You don’t know me but I’m your brother
I was born here in this living hell
You don’t know my kind in your world
Fairly soon the time will tell
Not exactly Beach Boys white-bread music.
“The Captain and Me,” which I never get tired of hearing, seems especially apropos for this weekend in which we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The other Doobie songs I’m featuring are simply other, personal favorites.
(And here are lyrics to The Captain and Me.)
Keep on rocking’ in the free world, y’all.