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Black and white TV


Wasn’t but a few nights ago when I was complainin’ about the gory pictures and foul language being used today in prime time television shows. No subject is too harsh, too intimate, too strange…, and no subject is taboo. Personally, I think it’s a shame. Regardless, I stumbled across this poem, and thought many of you might enjoy it as much as I did. I know not the author’s name, but it make sense to me and reminded me of the way things once were.


Now, some of you, of course, will believe I’m too old and feeble-minded to understand things today. Maybe you are correct, for back in my youthful days there were many times I thought my mom and dad were too old and out of touch to understand my feelings. I soon discovered I was just ignorant and uneducated. Time has a way of explainin’ things, though; and explainin’ them in a way that is crystal clear.


Black and white – An ode to times long gone

(For older folks only – under 40, you won’t understand.)


You could hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

Pull a chair up to the TV set,

“Good night, David; Good night, Chet”.


Dependin’ on the channel you tuned

You got Rob and Laura – or Ward and June.

It felt so good, felt so right.

Life looked better in black and white.


I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys

Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys

Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train

Superman, Jimmy & Lois Lane.


Father Knows Best, Patty Duke

Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too,

Donna Reed on Thursday night–

Life looked better in black and white.


I wanna go back to black and white.

Everything always turned out right.

Simple people, simple lives

Good guy always won the fight.


Now nothin is the way it seems

In living color on the TV screen.

Too many murders, too much fight,

I wanna go back to black and white.


In God they trusted, in bed they slept.

A promise made was a promise kept.

They never cussed or broke their vows.

They’d never make the network now.


But if I could, I’d rather be

In a TV town in ’53.

It felt so good, felt so right

Life looked better in black and white.


I’d trade all the channels on the satellite

If I could just turn back the clock tonight

To when everybody knew wrong from right

Life was better in black and white!


Galen White is a columnist for the Bossier Press-Tribune. Visit bossierpress.com to see more from Galen.

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