Why Long For The Past?

It’s a fair question; especially in an age when the unstable present and a dubious future seem to be preferred to the past. But for me, that is exactly the point. The past, MY past was not filled with uncertainty and there was nothing dubious or doubtful about those times.

We are often told today that America is “better” than it has ever been at any time. Evidence for this ludicrous position are various “injustices” and “bigotry” that are cited as “proof” that America in 2020 is a better place to live than America in 1950.

I beg to differ.

I was born in 1959, and those close to me were born and raised much earlier. America in 1940, 1950 and 1960 was a society that was largely unified, peaceful, and safe. Divorce was almost unknown. Growing up, EVERY family had a father in the house and many of of moms were full-time mothers by choice.

I believe that today, people have largely lost the capacity to judge good from evil; right from wrong, better from worse. I remember a different America, a better America. Those of us who lived through better times are not deceived by this current propaganda about diversity being our “strength.”

Shoo-Fly Pie

Shoo-Fly Pie

By Dinah Shore, 1946

If you wanna do right by your appetite,
If you’re fussy about your food,
Take a choo-choo today, head new england way,
And we’ll put you in the happiest mood. with:
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy
Makes your eyes light up,
Your tummy say “howdy.”
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff.
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy makes the sun come out
When heavens are cloudy,
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy,
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!
Mama! when you bake,
Mama! i don’t want cake;
Mama! for my sake
Go to the oven and make some ever lovin’ sh,
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy
Makes your eyes light up,
Your tummy say “howdy, “
Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy
I never get enough of that wonderful stuff!

Shoo Shoo Baby

This is one of my favorite war-time songs from 1943. The song, “Shoo Shoo Baby” like many WWII songs are about love, romance, and personal sacrifice in the face of performing your patriotic duty for America.

The song was made famous by the Andrew Sisters in 1943 and was a big hit, but the public just couldn’t get enough of it. During the war, it was also recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Mae Morse, The Glenn Miller Band, The Pied Pipers, and Alice Babs.

You’ve seen him up and down the avenue
And now he’s wearin’ the navy blue
She had a tear in the corner of her eye

As he said his last goodbye

Shoo, shoo, shoo baby
Shoo, shoo, shoo baby
Bye, bye, bye baby
Do-dah do-day
Your papa’s off to the seven seas

Don’t cry, baby
Don’t sigh, baby
Bye, bye, bye baby
Do-dah do-day
When I come back we’ll live a life of ease

Seems kinda tough now
To say goodbye this way
But papa’s gotta be rough now
So that he can be sweet to you another day

Bye, bye, bye baby
Don’t cry, baby
Shoo, shoo, shoo baby
Do-dah do-day
Your papa’s off to the seven seas

do-dah do-day
(Shhh-shoo baby) do-dah do-day
Quiet!
I want a little bit o’ quiet in the house, please
(She wants a little bit of quiet in the house)
So your papa’s on his way to cross the seven seas
So don’t you cry, oh, don’t you sigh goodbye now

Shoo, shoo baby shooo-oo-oo
Shoo, shoo my baby shooo
Goodbye baby, don’t you cry no more
Your big tall papa’s off to the seven seas

Seems kinda tough now
To say goodbye this way
But papa’s gotta be rough now
So that he can be sweet to you another day

Shhh baby, shhh baby
Shoo, shoo, shoo baby
Goodbye, goodbye
Your papa’s off to the seven seas, the seven seas
Your big tall papa’s off to the seven seas

Oh yes, and the song was so popular, the Army Air Corps actually commissioned a B-17 Bomber “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby.”