Back When My Hair Was Short

Originally released in 1972, Back When My Hair Was Short underwent lyric changes to make it

more "acceptable" to AM Radio stations. References to drugs were removed.

 

Once re-released, the song quickly climbed the charts.

BACK WHEN MY HAIR WAS SHORT

(1972 FM version)

Words & Music by Glenn Leopold

 

Back when my hair was short

I was a white sock sport

Only beer parties till three

College appealed to me

Eastern philosophy

Feeding my mind LSD THC STP

 

I was into a heavy scene

Reading Screw magazine

Seeing three concerts a week

An honest to God hippie freak

Too busy eating to speak

Except about love

I knew all kinds of love

Love of a man for his brother

And love to rip off one another

While screaming "Right on!"

 

Back when my hair was short

Before I'd been to court

For selling dope to some kids

Only a couple of lids

They stood around and made bids

And talked about love

They were experts on love

Love of a man for his vision

And love to make no real decision

When they're called upon

 

Soon when my hair is short

I'll make a full report

Of how I came back alive

And what it takes to survive

Wringing the truth out of jive

I'll tell you of love

I've seen all kinds of love

Love of a man for his neighbor

And love to put nails in your savior

Then cry when he's gone

 

 

BACK WHEN MY HAIR WAS SHORT

(1973 AM version)

Words & Music by Glenn Leopold

 

Back when my hair was short

I was a white sock sport

Wore pointed shoes and pegged pants

Drank till my eyes were red

Hid Playboy 'neath my bed

Slicked my DA for the dance

(When you dance, when you dance)

 

Back when my hair was short

Before I'd been to court

For stealing hubcaps from cars

Chain smoking under the stars

Played all night pinball in bars

And dreamed about love

We were experts on love

We talked our way all around it

And even if we had found it

We couldn't respond

 

Slowly I changed my ways

College and long haired days

Seeing three concerts a week

An honest to God hippie freak

Too busy eating to speak

Except about love

We held rallies for love

But no one knew what they stood for

How many months were they good for

The meaning is gone

 

Soon when my hair is short

I'll make a full report

Of how I came back alive

And what it takes to survive

Wringing the truth out of jive

I'll tell you of love

More than ever it's love

No lack of faith undermines it

'Cause it's the hope that we'll find it

That makes us go on

 

Back when my hair was short

I was a white sock sport

Only beer parties till three

College appealed to me

Eastern philosophy

Learning to set my mind free

© 2014 Gunhill Road Music   Krafty

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