Monday, August 01, 2016


Prop. 64 ditty

I tweaked the lyrics to a folk tune on behalf of California ballot proposition 64 (to end state laws banning marijuana): 

#CA64 (to the tune of Frere Jacques):
California Marijuana in a store? Banned no more?
End the prohibition; Yes on proposition 64. 64.

Here are my original lyrics.  (Songs can evolve like everything else.)

#CA64 (to the tune of Frere Jacques):
Marijuana, California, 64. 64. 
Back the proposition, so no prohibition 
anymore. Anymore. 

At 130 characters (including title and credit), the entire song is tweetable.  Of course, it was inspired by the playground song I frequently heard as a child: 

Marijuana, Marijuana, LSD, LSD. 
Scientists make it; teachers take it; 
Why can’t we? Why can’t we?

Many variations exist; this is the one I remember.  This seems to be a true folk song and an example of cultural evolution—heard and then passed on, often with modifications—so that I cannot find a reliable claim of lyric authorship. 

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