John Bettis and I composed this “anti-establishment” song in late 1967, following our brief stint at Disneyland®. We had been hired as the piano/banjo act at Coke Corner on Main Street, U.S.A. and, as such, were required to perform American songs written around the early 1900s. A problem had started when we honored some patrons’ requests to play contemporary songs, such as “Somewhere My Love,” “Yesterday,” “Light My Fire,” et al. Vic Guder, our talent supervisor, was understandably disgruntled about this. John and I were young and full of ourselves, and during the ensuing weeks, continued to do as we pleased. This ultimately led to our dismissal. John and I took great umbrage at this, and wrote this song. Looking back, I feel we should have been thankful to have had the job…and adhered to policy.
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