Hippie From Olema

Lyrics: Lowell “Banana” Levinger
Music: Lowell “Banana” Levinger

A riposte to/take-off of Okie From Muskogee played by the David Nelson Band. They often changed the lyric to fit the place they were playing, so "Hippie From Ukiah”, “Hippie From Sonoma”, “Humboldt County Hippie” etc. Thanks to C J Wolfe for help identifying this song.

We might smoke marijuana if we want to
Now and then a trip on LSD
We still burn Old Glory down at the White House
'Cause we like living right and being free

We don't watch commercials in Olema
We don't buy the plastic crap they sell
We still wear our hair long like folks used to do
And we bath often, therefore we don't smell

Chorus
Well I'm proud to be a hippie from Olema
Where we're friendly to the squares and all the straights
We still take in strangers if they're ragged
And we can't think of anyone to hate

We don't throw our beer cans out on the highway
We don't slight a man because he's black
We don't spill our oil out in the ocean
'Cause we love birds and fish too much for that

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In Olema, USA
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1971 Good & Dusty Youngbloods

Lowell Levinger sang another verse in some versions, and a variant on the final chorus:
We still love our neighbours in Olema
We still dig the sunshine and the stars
We won’t send our sons off to the slaughter
And we don’t give a damn about going to the moon or Mars

Well I'm proud to be a hippie from Olema
Where we're friendly to the squares and all the straights
We still take in strangers if they're Haggard
In Olema, California, USA

 


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