"What are we gonna tell your Mama
What are we gonna tell your Pa?
What are we gonna tell our friends
When they say, "Ooh la la!"
There is also this:
"The movie wasn't so hot
It didn't have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked,
Our reputation is shot."
Who worries about reputation today? What followed in the '70s, '80s and '90s was music containing foul lyrics, explicit sex, hatred of parents, gangsta rap about killing the police, misogyny. I doubt that those who listened to it will proudly play the music of their lives for their grandchildren as my generation can.
From an Everly Brothers song that wasn't a hit comes a lyric that those who love the Everly Brothers might say fits Phil's passing:
"There'll be a day you'll want me only
But when I leave, I'll be a long time gone..."
That day has arrived. While Phil may be gone, his and Don's music endures. What artist could ask for more?
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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