"I Saw It On T.V." as written by and Fogerty....
They sent us home to watch the show comin on the little screen;
A man named ike was in the white house, big black limousine;
There were many shows to follow, from hooter to doodyville,
Though I saw them all, I cant recall which cartoon was real.

The coon-skin caps, yankee bats, the hound dog mans big start;
The a-bomb fears, annette had ears, I lusted in my heart.
A young man from boston set sail the new frontier,
And we watched the dream dead-end in dallas,
They buried innocence that year.

I know its true, oh so true, cause I saw it on tv.

We gathered round to hear the sound comin on the little screen,
The grief had passed, the old men laughed, and all the girls screamed
cause four guys from england took us all by the hand,
It was time to laugh, time to sing, time to join the band.

But all too soon, we hit the moon, and covered up the sky;
They built their bombs, and aimed their guns, and still I dont know why
The dominoes tumbled and big business roared;
Every night at six, they showed the pictures and counted up the score.

I know its true, oh so true, cause I saw it on tv.

The old man rocks among his dreams, a prisoner of the porch;
The light, he says at the end of the tunnel,
Was nothin but a burglars torch.
And them that was caught in the cover are all rich and free,
But they chained my mind to an endless tomb
When they took my only son from me.

I know its true, oh so true, cause I saw it on tv.
I know its true, oh so true, cause I saw it on tv.


Lyrics submitted by jon4ford

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    General CommentA song about the '60's and growing up with TV showing us all.
    eg.
    "And we watched the dream dead-end in dallas,
    They buried innocence that year."
    is about JFK's assassination.

    The ending guitar riff borrows from "Who'll Stop The Rain" a Vietnam-war era themed song.
    chrisb1on May 12, 2010   Link

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