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Release Date: 1967  () 
Lyrics By: Victor Lundberg () 
Music By: Victor Lundberg () 
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Released By: Liberty Records (sav-man) 
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  • Was included on a 1967 album filled with similar narratives ("My Buddy Carl", etc.) entitled AN OPEN LETTER. (sav-man)
  • Reached #10 on the Billboard charts in November 1967. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Dear son:

    You ask my reaction to long hair or beards on young people
    Some great men have worn long hair and beards
    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
    If to you long hair or a beard is a symbol of independence
    If you believe in your heart that the principles of this country
    Our heritage, is worthy of this display of pride
    That all men shall remain free
    That free men at all times will not inflict their personal limitations
    Of achievement on others,
    That demands your own rights as well as the rights of others
    And be willing to fight for this right, you have my blessings
    You ask that I not judge you merely as a teenager
    To judge you on your own personal habits, abilities and goals
    This is a fair request and I promise that I will not judge any person
    Only as a teenager if you will constantly remind yourself that some of my
    generation judge people by their race, their belief or the color
    of their skin and that this is no more right than saying all
    teenagers are drunken dope addicts or glue sniffers
    If you will judge every human being on his own individual potential
    I will do the same.
    You ask me if God is dead
    This is a question each individual must answer within himself
    But a warm summer day with all its brightness
    All its sound, all its exhilarating breathiness just happened
    God is love. Remember that God is a guide and not a storm trooper
    Realize that many of the past and present generation
    Because of a well intended but unjustifiable misconception
    Have attempted to legislate morality
    This created part of the basis
    For your generations need to rebel against our society
    With this knowledge perhaps your children will never ask
    Is God dead?
    I sometimes think much of mankind is attempting to work Him to death

    You ask my opinion of draft card burners. I would answer this way
    All past wars have been dirty, unfair, immoral, bloody and second-guessed
    However, history has shown most of them necessary
    If you doubt that our free enterprise system
    In the United States is worth protecting, if you doubt the principles
    Upon which this country was founded, that we remain free to choose our religion
    Our individual endeavors, our method of government
    If you doubt that each free individual in this great country
    should reap rewards commensurate only with his own efforts
    Than it is doubtful you belong here
    If you doubt that people who govern us
    Should be selected by their desire
    To allow us to strive for any goal we feel capable of obtaining
    Then its doubtful you should participate in their selection
    If you are not grateful to a country
    That gave your father the opportunity to work
    For his family to give you the things you have and you do not feel pride
    Enough to fight for your right to continue in this
    manner, then I assume the blame for your failure
    To recognize the true value of our birthright
    And I will remind you that your mother will love
    you no matter what you do, because she is a woman
    And I love you too, son
    But I also love our country and the principles for which we stand
    And if you decide to burn your draft card
    then burn your birth certificate at the same time
    From that moment on, I have no son

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    Messages about the song: "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son"
      Offline  -   -  04-14-05 02:53 AM  -  19 years ago
    I can't imagine Dr. Demento playing this record for anything other than sarcastic value. Lundberg certainly released this bit of patriotic mumbo-jumbo with a straight face, and enough idiots bought into it in 1967 to put it into the Top 10. It's as bad to hear as it is to read.
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