“Signs” By Five Man Electrical Band Lyrics Showcase Political Favoritism In The Early ’70s

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“Signs” is a song by Five Man Electrical Band, specifically written by the band’s lead singer, Les Emmerson. It was recorded for their second album Good-byes and Butterflies in 1970 and has become one of the most recognizable songs in history. The song was originally released that year as a B-side, but truly found success upon its re-release in 1971 as an A-side. It then reached No. 4 in Canada and No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Billboard also ranked the song as the No. 24 song for 1971. Emmerson wrote the song when he was taking a road trip down Route 66 in California. He noticed that the gorgeous scenery on his trip was diluted with billboards. However, the lyrics in the song point to a more political route.

“Signs” shows political favoritism in various situations back in the day

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“Signs” record / Wikipedia

The song actually gave a voice to those without power or property rights. In many cases, this pointed to young people. One of the most notable lines in the song are, “And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply” / So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why / He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do” / So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!”

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These lines alone show that looks can be deceiving, as the main character of the song comes in without long hair and is called a “fine, upstanding man.” It showcases that people were often (and even still) are judged by their appearance, especially in the workplace.

Other situations throughout the song show favoritism based on different class divisions

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Five Man Electrical Band 1969 / GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images

Other lines in the song point to different situations and scenes. Provided by Wikipedia, we learn about these new stories and see some political favoritism, which we previously saw in the aforementioned situation.

  • “A “no trespassing” warning outside a house. He climbs onto the perimeter fence and berates the owners for keeping people out and fencing in the land’s natural beauty.
  • Being told to leave a restaurant because he does not meet its dress code or have a membership card, both of which are displayed on a sign.
  • A sign inviting people to worship at a church. When an offering is taken up at the end of the service, he makes a sign telling God that he is doing well, as he has no money to contribute.”
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“No Trespassing” sign / Wikimedia Commons

Do you remember this awesome and catchy ’70s song? Be sure to take a listen to the song below!

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Dolly Parton “Almost Had A Heart Attack” Hearing This Whitney Houston Song For First Time

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Dolly Parton truly changed the face of country music forever with her hit songs like “Jolene” and “9 to 5.” However, even the most accomplished and successful artists still get blown away by artists from other genres. Parton is also a gifted songwriter. She even pens the song “I Will Always Love You” for the incredible Whitney Houston.

Houston recorded the song in 1993, which soon reached commercial success topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song stayed there for 14 subsequent weeks. Houston’s version of the song still remains one of the best-selling singles of all-time and it’s all thanks to Parton for penning it in the first place.

Dolly Parton recalls the moment she heard “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston for the first time

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Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” / Amazon

Parton recalls how she felt about hearing Houston sing the song for the first time in an interview with SiriusXM. She recalls driving in her car and almost getting into an accident because she was that stunned! Parton doesn’t immediately recognize the song upon the first verse, but soon realizes that is the song she wrote for Houston!

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“I knew it was something, but it didn’t register. [I] thought ‘What is that? I know what that is’ and then all of a sudden she starts that…when she goes into the ‘I will always love you’ part honest-to-goodness, I almost wrecked. I had to pull over,” Parton remembers.

A truly ageless song even today

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Dolly Parton in 1988 / Flickr

Parton continues, “I was afraid because I was so caught up in that by then that I had to pull over and listen to it. But, it was the most overwhelming feeling that little song mine could be done so beautifully, so big, so overwhelming, that it really almost just heart attack right there; haha I’ll never forget it.”

Even today, “I Will Always Love You” is an ageless song. It continues to be one of the most-recognized songs to date from an even more recognizable artist.

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103-Year-Old Grandma Conquers Coronavirus, Celebrates With Bud Light

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At 103, Jennie Stejna stood in a high-risk group in the face of COVID-19. Indeed, when she contracted the deadly disease, Stejna faced a grueling, weeks-long battle. But with her advanced age came advanced toughness, and a little under three weeks later, Stejna got to celebrate beating the virus.

Nursing homes can quickly become tragic hotbeds of the coronavirus. And Stejna was the first among her neighbors to show signs of having the virus. But she would not be a tale of heartbreak and loss. Instead, her family can celebrate the grandmother as a beacon of hope in these dark times. And they already have declared her a spark of light for all to take inspiration from.

Jennie Stejna fought the virus against all odds

A video captured the moving and amusing moment this persistent grandma celebrated her victory
A video captured the moving and amusing moment this persistent grandma celebrated her victory / YouTube screenshot

As of Thursday, a New York Times database counts 94,895 cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, where Jennie Stejna lives in a nursing home. The database further specifies 6,640 deaths, according to People. For the most part, the virus has proven to be lethal for those 65 and older and with preexisting health conditions. At 103, Stejna might not have made it much longer. Her family certainly expected this to be the end. Everyone was wrong.

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Stejna’s health declined approximately three weeks ago. Her condition seemed grim. But, by May 13, Stejna was officially clear of the virus. That did not mean she was out of the woods yet, as her condition still seemed rocky. But after 20 days of battling, her condition improved. To celebrate her status as a coronavirus champion, facility staff let Stejna knock back some sips of her favorite drink: Bud Light. According to her grandson David Stegna, “She put it to her lips and said, ‘Ooh, that’s cold. It’s good when it’s cold.’”

Stejna lives as a symbol of hope

Bud Light stands as a favorite for Jennie Stejna, though she tries to be subtle about it
Bud Light stands as a favorite for Jennie Stejna, though she tries to be subtle about it / Wallpaperflare

Overcome, granddaughter Shelley Gunn simply said, “We’re truly very thankful.” Her husband, Adam Gunn, added with humor, “This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus.” To hear her family speak of Jennie Stejna, she seems like just the person to fight off this virus. “She would say, ‘You gotta have a cold beer when it’s hot out during the summertime,’” said her grandson David. “in the day she would say, ‘I think I’m gonna split a beer.’ She would never say, ‘I am going to have one.’ She’d sip about two and would do it sort of on the down-low.”

When asked by Adam Gunn if she was ready to go to heaven, the Polish-American who grew up in Western Massachusetts replied, “Hell, yes.” And even while she felt worse and worse from the virus, her biggest complaint was not hearing Red Sox games on her handy transistor radio. Her family states Stejna has a very sharp mind, so perhaps she knows how much of an impact her attitude and recovery have had on those who love her. David felt she lived because she had a purpose to fulfill in this world. “As she pulled through this, I think we might have found her purpose. And that is to give people a glimmer of hope. There’s a perception that this disease is a scarlet mark, and if you get it, it’s over.” Truly, no one shows that hope remains stubbornly present better than Jennie Stejna.

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Robin Williams’ Son Is Working With A New Mental Health Program In Honor Of His Dad

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Robin Williams‘ son Zak is honoring his father and helping others by being involved in a new mental health organization. It is called Inseparable. The organization is fighting to help all Americans get access to mental health care during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are struggling with their mental health right now.

After Robin died after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia in 2014, Zak became an advocate for mental health. Zak has admitted to suffering from depression. He credits staying away from drugs and alcohol and attending support groups for staying mentally healthy. He also says that support from his family is very important.

Zak is honoring his dad by working with a new mental health organization called Inseparable

I joined the @IAmInseparable advisory board because I believe we need pragmatic mental health policy that unlocks care for ALL Americans.

Join us: https://t.co/pnKUZhVuLZ #WeAreInseparable

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— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) May 19, 2020

He opened up about being on the Advisory Board for Inseparable. Zak said, “The coronavirus pandemic has brought light to a parallel pandemic that’s happening. We are experiencing from it as a direct result of the pandemic… a shared trauma that’s becoming quite acute as a result of everything that people have been through both in terms of the devastating economic effects, the isolation and a lot of circumstances from communities.”

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I do what I do for this sweet boy. Here’s to working together to remove the stigma. #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/XIceKyCkM8

— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) October 11, 2019

He continued, “Instead of becoming more isolated, finding resentment, getting angry about it, we need to actually find solutions and opportunities to band together to find the resources and apply them to actual meaningful change on a system’s level. That’s what I think is so important at this time.”

Celebrating your memory today. Love you and miss you madly you mensch! pic.twitter.com/LP3CxzJNTi

— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) August 11, 2015

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, Zak said that he and his siblings will take the time to share stories of their father. He hopes to reflect and spend the day honoring Robin’s life and legacy. He said, “The key thing for us during this upcoming Father’s Day is just to take some quiet time to reflect as a family around all the things that we’re grateful for around him and who he was.”

Learn more about Inseperable here.

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Meghan McCain Says Why She Is Keeping Details Of Her Pregnancy Private

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Meghan McCain revealed to the world earlier this year that she was pregnant after experiencing a miscarriage prior. Since then, she hasn’t shared any details about her pregnancy and she recently revealed why that is. Meghan says that she doesn’t want to expose her unborn child to the world of social media after people have left hateful words about her late father, John McCain.

“People keep asking and requesting I show pics & details of my pregnancy,” she writes on social media.  “Given that people write on photos I put up of my family they are glad my Dad got cancer and he’s in hell, I thought I would leave my unborn child out of the social media cess pool as much as is possible.”

Meghan McCain reveals why she is keeping her pregnancy private

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Ben and I have made the conscious decision to guard our (growing) families privacy as much as is possible. I believe children have a right to privacy and hope you will all understand as we navigate this as much as possible going forward without sacrificing our comfort or safety. A bunch of inhumane jackasses have really ruined so much for so many on social media and I learned a lot of hard lessons about cruelty that comes with being open and vulnerable about my personal life during my Dads cancer fight. It is a shame. I know this is an unorthodox choice for a talk show host who is on tv five days a week – but I’ve always lived by the beat of my own drum. Thank you for the continued kind words, support and prayers regarding my pregnancy from so many of you who are nothing but kind. It has meant a lot during this crazy time. ♥️

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Meghan also says that she and husband, Ben Domenech, “have made the conscious decision to guard our (growing) families privacy as much as is possible.” She continues, “I believe children have a right to privacy and hope you will all understand as we navigate this as much as possible going forward without sacrificing our comfort or safety.”

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“A bunch of inhumane jackasses have really ruined so much for so many on social media and I learned a lot of hard lessons about cruelty that comes with being open and vulnerable about my personal life during my Dads cancer fight.”

Regardless, it seems she is doing very well!

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631 days. The world went batshit insane when you left it. Miss you every day. But I miss you the most on Sunday.

A post shared by Meghan McCain (@meghanmccain) on May 17, 2020 at 9:26am PDT

Meghan does acknowledge that some of her fans might view her decision as unorthodox considering she is a TV personality. “But I’ve always lived by the beat of my own drum,” she adds. She also goes on to thank her fans who have been leaving words of positivity and support during her pregnancy.

A source close to Meghan has spoken to PEOPLE about how she’s doing in light of the exciting news. “She and her family are very excited by the news. But right now, she’s finding strength at her role at The View. She knows her most important responsibility is to inform Americans to stay home and minimize the spread of the coronavirus.” Congrats again to Meghan on her pregnancy!

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Just In: ‘Unforgiven’ Actor Anthony James Dies At 77

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  • Actor James Anthony dies at age 77.
  • He is best known for his role in the film ‘Unforgiven.’
  • James reportedly died after a battle with cancer.

 

It has been reported that actor Anthony James has died at age 77 from cancer. His obituary was posted May 26th and he died two days short of his 78th birthday. James is best known for his role in Unforgiven alongside Clint Eastwood in 1992. He was also well known for appearing in other Westerns.

James first saw success in Hollywood when he was just 26 years old with the film In the Heat of the Night. The film ended up winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1968. James also appeared in movies such as Tick, Tick, Tick, Vanishing Point, and High Plains Drifter.

Remembering Anthony James and his success

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Anthony James The A-Team/NBCUniversal via YouTube Screenshot

James also found success in the TV industry, specifically with the series Hawaii Five-O, Knight Rider, and The A-Team. His last credited acting role, which he is best remembered for, is Unforgiven. Following his work with that, he then retired from acting. After he retired, he focused on painting and poetry. He would sell many of his pieces to galleries around the world and also ended up getting his poetry published in books.

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James’ obituary states that he was not survived by any children. Instead, he was survived by “his many friends, including the ones who sat with him and cared for and comforted him at home in his final months and days.” People are being asked to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in his memory. May he rest in peace.

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