Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Things that should have Gone Away Long Ago

Doggone it! Somebody brought up Up With People!

Surely you remember them? How many of us were held hostage in our schools by this nefarious group back in the 1960s and 1970s???? Oh, how many of us were forced to learn that infernal song...

Up, up with people
You meet 'em wherever you go
Up, up, with people
They're the best kinda folks we know
If more people
Were for people
Yes, people everywhere
There'd be a lot less people to worry about
and a lot more people who care!
There'd be a lot less people to worry about
and a lot more people who care!

Yes, I saw them in, what? 1969? And that damnable song is still stuck in my head! And, worst of all, they don't have the NERVE to post it on their website. Not a smidge, no sir. You can Download a Video Tour but no, not that song!!!!

The truly, really awfully scary thing? These were my coworkers who were discussing this. Kind, good, library employees who never intentionally harmed a fly. Or if they did they came to their senses quickly and never forgave themselves.

The youngest, who saw them in the 90s couldn't remember what they were all about. Weren't they kind of a cult of some kind? Any maybe they are...maybe so...

After all, that song never leaves you. Perhaps we've all been indoctrinated. We could be "Manchurian Candidates" waiting for the big moment to arrive when we rise up!

Or it could explain the Religious Right and the Republican world-domination theory.

The horror, the horror...


zirelda said...

Oh heavens. I remember Up With People. They toured here and looked for people to go with them.

Of course I was in Junior High then.....

Booktender said...

I tell ya, Up With People was brainwashing us! I swear!