Pennsylvania Polka: Frank Yankovic

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  1. Spaceman Says:

    weird al

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      The Polka King who was considered the premier artist to play in the Slovenian style during his long career.

  2. Spaceman Says:

    I like him – don’t know enough about Polka to realize his is Slovenian based. Rollicking dance tunes. Accordions are pretty cool.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I agree about accordions. I think they were, for a while, a maligned instrument. My friend, a musician, almost choked when I said I liked the accordion.

      I don’t know much about polka either.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Perhaps the Lawrence Welk Show is the first thing that jumps in people’s mind accordion is mentioned; admittedly a old fashioned, squeaky clean show. It’s on public TV here – I watch it occasionally. Accordions have been around forever – used in all kinds of music besides polka type music – cajun, texmex, Canadian jigs and reels

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I do remember that accordion player. For some reason in my mind’s eye he is wearing a checked jacket.

      We were not a Lawrence Welk watching family. One of the strangest videos from that show needs to be watched. It is even introduced by the accordion player.

      https://youtu.be/t8tdmaEhMHE

      • Spaceman Says:

        Amazing – I’d never thunk this one in a million years. Outside guess this was a Easy Rider tune – but not fa high confidence level. Could look it up if I cared to. Fair job of it. And the people on LW are all so perfect. Homecoming kings and queens. My parents did watch – I thought everybody in America did. My dad was a Pennsylvanian – so he might have liked polka. Married a Mississippi girl while he serving in the Army Air corps.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        This makes me laugh every time I hear the introduction then the song. Lawrence had no idea what this was about.

  4. Mark Says:

    Here’s the guys that wrote it (not the polka):

  5. Spaceman Says:

    Seeing them, I recollect an earlier tale. These guys claimed the song doesn’t have anything to do with smoking dope

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      How did they define toke? I only know it means taking a puff of grass from a pipe or cigarette. That is the only way I have ever heard it used.

      Tom Shipley explained: “When we wrote ‘One Toke Over the Line,’ I think we were one toke over the line. I considered marijuana a sort of a sacrament… If you listen to the lyrics of that song, ‘one toke’ was just a metaphor. It’s a song about excess. Too much of anything will probably kill you.”

  6. Spaceman Says:

    And some country western from Easy Rider.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I was in Africa when Easy Rider was released, but I knew all the music as a friend of mine was sent the soundtrack. He had no way to play it so I got it. This song I remember well.

  7. Spaceman Says:

    Yep – had the album. Know all the songs pretty much by heart. I’ve heard that several are good dope smoking tunes.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I played it quite a lot as I hadn’t many cassettes so I also learned all the words to the songs. I have heard the same.


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