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Happy Mother's Day from the lower east side

Updated on May 7, 2010
David Peel
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Happy Mothers Day Cha-Cha-Cha

My Ma passed in 1984 and every mothers day I played a tune in her honor. Let's start from the beginning. It was 1968 and mothers and fathers everywhere were in the middle of of a pull between what their life was and what their kids were turning into. The revolution was in progress. An album came out that year by a band called David Peel and the lower east side titled Have a Marijuana. It was a whacked out record that I say was probably the 1st in a genre we call punk. The album was chock full of fun tunes but 1 in particular caught my attention, the title is Happy Mothers Day. I decided that starting the next year (1969) I would play that song for my mom. The plan changed a bit when I got a letter from the draft board, which in those days meant a call to a war I wanted nothing to do with, Viet Nam. After much thought about what the hell I was going to do I discovered a 2 year special program in the Navy, which I figured would at least keep me out of Nam. It did! After getting discharged in '70 I was ready to start the tradition. On mothers day that year I played the song for my mom for the first time and she just cracked up. God love her, she could have just as easily gotten totally pissed at me but chose to have fun with it. I really wanted to download the song and then upload it to this hub, but the folks at Amazon weren't going for that, so I'll spew the first few lines on here and maybe later just upload it anyway. "Happy Mothers Day, Happy Mothers Day, I am your son, I am a runaway, living on the east side always getting stoned, always getting high, I'm glad I'm not home". Every year until she died i played that song for her and she laughed like it was the first time she heard it. I haven't played it for a long time (I only have the album and no longer own a turntable) but this year I'm going to download and listen to it and think about all the fun I had with my Ma. Happy Mothers Day!! Peace!!


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    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from 41042

      That's hilarious Jean. I'm getting ready to sell off all my vinyl, shoot me a message and he could own it again. A good sense of humor is essential!!

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      Jean Bakula 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      OMG, my husband loves that album. We don't have it, and I'm not showing him this hub, lol. That was a fun and sweet thing to do. My Mom had a good sense of humor too!

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      5 years ago from 41042

      Thanks rasta1, yes it is. I'm lucky I had a mom like her. Peace!!

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      That is cool story and is always relevant. My condolence.

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      6 years ago

      My friend and I sing that song to each other every Mother's Day :). Love it :). Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      LOL, that is awesome, your a great son, and I love the flowers and feel that you are sharing them with all us Moms, thanks this is a good year, and your hub was inspiring and adorable. Your fan

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      Chris Eddy111 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awww, that's sweet! Moms' are the best.


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