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On August 27, 2019
SamJones 69 +1 (harmony)
One Toke Over The Line
Brewer & Shipley
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OPEN DUET - If I Needed You
This song has always been very interesting to me for several reasons. One of those reasons is because it is so catchy. It really sticks in your head. It is also quite intricate. Brewer & Shipley were known for their clever guitar cross-play and intertwining lyrical singing style--and nowhere is that more evident than here on their biggest hit--especially the bits at the end.
I have also found its history both entertaining and amusing. The genesis for the song was a line uttered by one of the songwriters. He and his bandmate were sitting around waiting for a train one day when he looked over at the other and said simply. "I'm one toke over the line, man." For those not familiar with drug culture, this meant he had taken one too many puffs off of a marijuana cigarette. That one extra puff had pushed him over the line--from having a good buzz, to feeling too stoned to really function. It was this idea of taking one step over the line that got to me because it applies to so many areas of life. Like when people take things just one more step, for example, and wind up taking the fun out of a situation, losing their temper or maybe engaging in an activity they regret later.
Another interesting thing about this song is how it has been perceived so differently by so many people. As just one example, Lawrence Welk, believing it to be a gospel song had some of his singers perform it live on national television. As another Jerry Garcia, believing it to be a drug song, liked it so much that he and his band, the Grateful Dead, began performing it regularly at their concerts. The release of the song also landed Brewer & Shipley on Richard Nixon's famous enemies list after Vice President Spiro Agnew deemed the song subversive and pushed the FCC to ban the song from the airwaves. And then there are others, like me, who see it as a lesson in temperance. As a reminder to think about the repercussions of your actions before you take that fateful step over the line.
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thisis awesome singing mf you aced it for sure and of course I loved my listen so very much hugs *********************************************
Hi Sam,It is a catchy tune m.f..Who better to sing it for us...
Sounding fabulous for sure..One super fine sing..It's always a pleasure to hear you sing..
Got my toes a tapping..Totally awesome singing..
One brilliant vocal delivery..Loved each and every perfect note..*************************s galore..Sure put a smile on my fact this morning..You are an amazing talent.. Have a great day... Hugs, Shirley
Good morning Sam!!What a great song to hear this morning!And you sound awesome!Fabulous harmonies!
Good Morning, Beautiful sing.. You did a great job singing this song... I enjoyed my listen very much... Hope you have a wonderful day.. Fran
HOPE TO VISIT SOON, BUSY WITH STUDENTS ART EXHIBITS AND SHOW IN N,Y, C U ALL SOON MISS YA
OH MY!!!! NOT ONLY IS THE SONG CATCHY ,AND SO ENTERTAINING TO LISTEN TO MUSICALLY BUT,,,,,,,,, I APPRECIATE THE INFO PRESENTED ,, GAVE ME ANOTHER INSIGHT ,INTO THE SONG!!! AND AFTER READING, HAD TO GO BACK AND LISTEN AGAIN ,,,, AND,,,,, YES! A LOT OF WHY ,,,,,HOW,,,,,,,, QUESTIONS!!! AND YUP ,,,,,,,, I ALMOST GET IT!!!! GREAT SONG!! WORTHY OF LISTENING OVER AND OVER ,,,,,,,, LOVED IT ( AND YOUR VOCALS ARE SO DANG GOOD!)BARB
HI SamAhhh yes I remember this oldie You sound fabulous!!! The harmony is spot on!!!!!Super vocals and tones throughout.A pleasure to listen to!!!HugsNancy
I love that you took the time to explain all about the song
Made this so meaningful *************************
Fantastic sing.....as always.....I loved my listen and visit!
This is a good song Sam...You always put so much of your self into your songs...This is brilliant and you aced this one!Thanks for another superb song!HugsElla
It's been so long since I heard this one!Great sing here!!
HERE LISTENING MF....WOW IM LOVING THIS VERY MUCH
GREAT VOICE FOR THIS GREAT SONG
BEEN A WHILE SINCE I HEARD THIS ONELOVING YOUR SING ON ITHUGS...JACKIE
A-Z challenge continues on Monday ....the last one in the series.
Hiya Sam, my Man,
great job from you here.........super harmony on an ultra cute song...
mucho enjoyed......sure is a cheerful gospel song.
Hi Sam I may have to try this!Great Ole songLoving your harmonyGreat sounding my friendBlessings Deb
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Hi, Sam. . . . thanks for the b/g info . . . what a fabulous sing/harmony on thisgreat golden oldie. . . really enjoying my listen so very much. . . . oh yeah. . . Loved this, big time . . . . Have a blessed day/evening,Joyce
one of your very best Sam. WOW. you were incredible. Outstanding. . You loved singing this song. It shows with every word you sang.
Hi Sam excellent performance ..loved my listen ...Fern
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