Way back when
In Sixty-seven
I was the dandy
Of Gamma Chi
Sweet things from Boston
So young and willing
Moved down to Scarsdale
Where the hell am I

Hey Nineteen
No we can't dance together
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down

Hey Nineteen
That's 'Retha Franklin
She don't remember
The Queen of Soul
It's hard times befallen
The sole survivors
She thinks I'm crazy
But I'm just growing old

Hey Nineteen
No we got nothing in common
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight a wonderful thing

No we can't dance together
No we can't talk at all

Lyrics submitted by AbFab, edited by jackmiller, AndyVon, Kargan

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  • +9
    General CommentThe 'Colombian' they refer to in the song was actually about marijuana, not cocaine, as popularly believed. Back in the 60's/70's most cocaine still came from Peru, while a whole hell of a lot of marijuana came from Colombia. It wasn't until the mid 80's that Colombia became known for it's cocaine, at least in the United States.
    Bustakapon August 25, 2010   Link
  • +8
    General Comment“Skate a little lower now” is the key line. The song is the internal monologue of the protagonist. Out and about, he’s watching “nineteen,” a lovely stranger, and coming to the realization of some hard truths. All men 30 plus began to have these moments.
    panzer4963on April 07, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI think the song's about me and my pathetic midlife.
    kyhangdogon March 01, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentFirst I'd like to say that I can't believe they play this at Walgreens drug stores. I know I'm going out on a limb, this song is about a guy dating a MUCH younger girl. He says she doesn't know any of the stuff he knows from his growing up. They have nothing in common and with that the only thing they can really do is drink hard liquor, do cocaine, and ...what comes after tequila and coke? Great song, slightly disturbing subject.

    Played daily at your neighborhood Walgreens.
    Brokenflowon June 30, 2003   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI’ve always thought that the “fine Colombian” referred to marijuana, not cocaine. This is back in the days before domestic pot and before “Sinsemilia” or “Green bud” was invented (discovered?). The best pot came out of Colombia (Colombian Gold), and the best cocaine came out of Peru (Peruvian flake) : )

    I also think “Gamma Ki” is a college fraternity, which would put his age at early to mid 20’s. “Nineteen” would be a college freshman ..not illegal, just embarrassing : )

    jbecanon July 02, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General CommentAretha Franklin and the Soul Survivors were big hits in 1967. It's just a song about the generation gap.
    donutbanditon October 29, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI feel studpid I had to look this up now that i read the lyrics with the song.

    He's older and sees a pretty, young, girl. They cannot relate. She doesn't get the old music like him, he dances differently then the kids are dancing now. They can't talk, they cannot dance. Slide on down I see as slide on down the bar to him. Skate a little lower towards his end of the bar. He knows they don't have anything in common, but what a night it would be if they got drunk and blown and he had a night with her that would take him back to his past a little.

    Definitley not about an older woman he tapped.
    StilwellSlimon May 06, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentColumbian is not cocaine it is pot. Back in the day it was known as "Lumbo" and was the "good stuff" as opposed to Mexican. Every once in a while Thai Stick would show up, and that stuff was good. Home grown was still off in the future and not widely available.
    Nuhuhon February 25, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"Dandy of Gamma Chi". The greek letters for Gamma Chi resemble "rx", which of course is the symbol for "prescription" or "pharmacy". Always wondered if he was saying he was the "dandy of drugs" or that he was that guy who always had good stuff on hand.
    bigdc67on July 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentUnless they know what the song means.
    magicmanx9on July 22, 2005   Link

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