"Basket In The Pool" as written by and Phil Ochs....
Went to a party the other night, everybody was there
Thought that I would have some fun as I started up the stair.
Somebody tried to ruin it when he won a raffle prize,
Tried to shake and shock us right before our eyes.
While we danced, while we were dancing
Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool?
It was filled with the finest cheeses filled with imported wine,
Wish that I had won it, and I wish that it were mine
I know some wino lives outside of town
How would gladly cut your throat if he could drink it down
While we danced, while we were dancing
Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool?
If I had found out who he was, if I'd have found his face,
Next time we have a party gonna find out his name.
I've been on the ocean swimming know poroise led the way,
It wasn't worth the matter and it wasn't worth the pay.
We were there, go right on dancing
Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool?
How can I go swimming now my world is laid to waste?
It was the worst of manners and it was the worst of taste
Why can't we be left alone? Think that it was a crime
If everyone was groovy we could all have a real good time.
We could dance, go right on dancing
Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool?


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"Basket in the Pool" as written by Phil Ochs

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    General CommentI don't remember the details of the story, but I read that phil is referring to a real incident at a party, where he threw a prize basket he won into a pool to make a political point.
    I think that he is making fun of all the people who used some parts of the "hippie" mentality in the 60's as an excuse to party and get high a lot. Instead of spreading peace and freedom they lived in a "groovy" escapist world, which he attempted to shatter by bringing the disturbing realities of the era to their attention. Of course instead, they just see it as someone trying to "bring them down."
    The line "how can I go swimming now?" always makes me laugh.
    vickevlaron February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt was a party thrown by Tommy Smothers, I think; Phil was making a point about Vietnam.
    LtAxlerod932on January 18, 2010   Link

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