Classic Rock 60s-70s





   What was the #1 song on - The day you were born? 

The day you graduated from high school?  - The day you were married? The day your child was born?  - The approximate date you were conceived?



The 60’s. It was a time of political controversy, rebellion, protest marches, bras and draft cards burning bare feet, and flower power. From the dust of the 60’s turmoil rose a new cultural lifestyle with a new breed of people: We called them Hippies.

They were children of peace who criticized middle-class values, rebelled against established institutions and were dead against the Vietnam War. They were a new and liberated class of people who gave preference to freedom, love, and peace. They were set apart from others by the way they looked, how they thought, and how they spoke.

There emerged a language that they alone understood and this too helped set them apart from the rest of society. Below is a list of unique words that made the language of the Hippy their very own:

·  Pad: Your pad was where you lived. “Let’s head over to Pete’s place and hang out.”

·  Crash: To crash meant to go to sleep, usually right where you were. “I think I’ll crash on the floor.”

·  Bread: Money “Hey man you got some bread to lend me.”

·  Boogie: To bogie means “Let get out of here” Lets Boogie!

·  Teenie Boppers: Girls under the age of 14!

·  Nifty:  Meaning cool

·  Chick: A girl or a woman.

·  Far Out: Excellent or cool!

·  Scarf: To eat something very quickly. “I had a gas scarfing down pizza before I crashed at Pete’s pad.”

·  A Drag:  Something that is boring or unenlightening.

·  Old Man: Your Father   (your parents were in their forties)

·  Old Lady: Your Mother

·  Pig: A Cop

·  Pig out: Overeating

·  Split: To split meant to leave. “I split Pete’s pad the next morning.

·  Scene: The place where you are is the scene. A scene is where something is happening.   

'   Loaded: Intoxicated.. Drunk as a skunk!

·  Happening: To be in a fun place where everyone is having a good time is a happening place. 

·  Right on: I agree

·  Flake Off: Get outta here!

·  Groovy: When something is referred to as groovy it was cool. “Pete has a groovy pad.”

·  Threads: Your clothes. “Pete’s brother’s threads are far out for a dude.”

·  Hang Loose: Don’t get your tail in a knot, relax.

·  Brother: Any good person or a friend was your brother. “That brother’s no drag.”

·  Gut Wadding: Fast food was called gut wadding. “Come on Pete, let’s scarf some gut wadding at the burger joint.”

Ah, the 60’s. If you were cool, you were hip. Bellbottom jeans were in, torn and frayed jeans, tie-dye shirts, love beads, headbands, granny dresses, granny glasses, sandals, crocheted hats and belts, ankle bells, and bare feet were all part of the Hippy lifestyle. Where are they now?

Many went to college, grew up, got married while a few held fast to the Hippie life and brought it along with them into the 21st century. It’s a little harder to recognize them now but if you get a chance to hear them speak, you’ll figure it out.

Peace out brother, stay cool man and have a nice day!



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