Raise your hand if you grew up watching black and white TV. Remember when you only got 3 channels on your television? And the day started, and ended, with that familiar TV Test Pattern. It meant the idea of watching television 24 hours a day had not yet been invented, developed, or common place.
You could hardly see for all the snow,
So you spread the rabbit ears as far as they’d go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
“Good night David, Good night Chet”
Depending on the channel you tuned,
You’d get Rob and Laura or Ward and June,
Andy Griffith and Barney Fife,
Lawrence Welk or This is Your Life.
I Love Lucy and The Real McCoys,
Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys.
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train.
Superman and Lois Lane.
Father Knows Best and Patty Duke,
Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too.
Donna Reed on Thursday night,
Life looked better in black and white
They were simple folks living a simple life,
Where everything always turned out right.
The good guys always won the fight.
I wanna’ go back to black and white.
In God they trusted, in their own bed they slept.
A promise made was a promise kept.
They never cussed or broke a vow,
They’d never make the network now.
Nowadays nothing’s the way it seems
In living color or on the screens.
The good guys don’t always win the fight,
Life doesn’t always turn out right.
If only I could, I’d rather be
In a TV world of ‘63.
It felt so good, it felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.
I’d trade all the channels on the satellite,
If I could just turn back the clock tonight
To when everybody knew wrong from right.
Life was better in black and white!
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