Playlist of my life: 1971

As a squalling bundle of joy with a big head, what other song could I possibly choose for my entrance into the world than Joy to the World, by Three Dog Night.  As befitting a newborn, I was certain I was a joy to the world.   Or at least, I am assured that I behaved as if I was certain.   I can’t testify to my own true feelings, since as a newb I had a limited view of things.

Joy to the World was released as a single in February 1971, and was a huge hit for Three Dog Night.  As a kid, I can remember singing this song to my dog, a golden retriever named Fritzi.  I’d point at her and sing “Fritzi-girl was good dog (ba domm bomp) was a good dog of mine” while shaking my hips.  I have no idea what I did with that lyric about wine, or even if I got that far in the song, although obviously Fritzi and I weren’t big drinkers at the time.  I’m sure this was much later than my first year of life, although I’ve been told I was precocious, especially when it came to singing loudly and showing off.

Joy to the World also captures something trippy, knowing, exuberant and innocent, which seems appropriate for a  newborn entering the world right at the turning point between the hippies and Watergate.

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Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Katxena

1 Comment a “Playlist of my life: 1971”

  1. Eric says:

    Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me!

    (1971 was a very good year indeed.)