Gliddy Glub Gloopy Nibby Nabby Noopy

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about our favorite Love Song in a musical and I picked the song ‘Good Morning Starshine’ from the 1967 musical Hair that was made famous by Oliver.   This song was written by two hippies Gerome Ragni and James Rado along with a Canadian composer Galt Mac Dermot who wrote all the music.  This pop song was a No. 3 hit in the United States in July 1969 and a No. 6 hit in the United Kingdom in October 1969, for Oliver.  ‘Good Morning Starshine’ is a song from the second act of the musical, that is performed by the character Sheila who is trying to escape the reality of Claude’s pending Army induction.

In 1964, Gerome Ragni and James Rado set out to write about the young people who were hanging out in the East Village, growing their hair and dodging the draft.  Rado had written music for his own pop band, he and Ragni decided to concentrate on lyrics and dialogue and find a composer to set their words to music.  After several false starts, they met Galt Mac Dermot, who was a conservative-looking husband and father who had never heard of a hippie when he met the shaggy-haired duo.  He had, however, released an influential album called Shapes of Rhythm, and Rado realized immediately that Mac Dermot was the man to help bring his characters to life.

If you are wondering why I think that ‘Good Morning Starshine’ is a love song, it is because this song represents the essence of the Summer of Love and all the free love that was taking place in this time period.  I am brought into an emotionally enhanced mental state every time I hear this song, as it represents a love for humanity, which emanated in the hippy community and beyond that to the entire world.  This love expands even further, being spread beyond Earth throughout the whole universe.  Sure it is full of meaningless made up silly phrases, but if you have a deep love for the universe, or if you have ingested enough LSD, you acquire this total freedom that was a big part of the sixties.

The musical Hair was controversial in 1968, with its rock music, hippies, nude scene, multiracial cast and anti-war irreverence.  It was billed as The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical and it follows a young group of hippies fighting the establishment, dodging the drafts, getting high, living and loving in New York City.  It takes place in 1967 where the Vietnam War was raging and the Age of Aquarius is dawning, which is an astrological term denoting that many changes were coming for the entire planet.  Aquarius is an indication of the mystical world consciousness that the hippies possess, an age of peace, love, and positive use of sociological and scientific studies.  When Claude Hooper Bukowski whose birth sign is Aquarius receives his draft notice, he must decide if he will resist the draft like many others have done, or bow to the pressures of society and his conservative parents, thereby sacrificing his ideals and possibly, end up losing his life.  Claude is a naive Oklahoman who was sent off to New York City after being drafted by the Army.  In Central Park, he meets a troupe of free-spirited hippies led by George Berger the Extrovert and they become best friends.  Berger then introduces him to debutante Sheila Franklin, and their Tribe of friends struggle to balance the demands of the harsh and violent world with their dream for a more beautiful and peaceful world.  Wandering around in the streets, having complete freedom of sexuality and using drugs for expression are all completely new for Claude.  Sheila likes Claude, but she feels more attracted to Berger.

Set in an East Village park in 1967, Hair is the musical story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace and love in the shadow of the Vietnam War.  The loose plotline centers on Berger, the charismatic leader of the “tribe”, and Claude, a sweet-natured guy who feels indifferent about being drafted.  Other memorable characters include Berger’s war protester girlfriend Sheila, lovable flower child Crissy, Mick Jagger fan Woof, Claude’s straight-laced parents and many more.  But the real star of Hair is the rocking score, which includes such classic hits as ‘Let the Sun Shine In’, ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Good Morning Starshine’.

There is another great song in this musical, and besides ‘The Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley, this is the only other song that I know of, which mentions the Grateful Dead.  In the title song ‘Hair’ it says, “It’s not for lack of bread, like the Grateful Dead, darlin’.”  The Grateful Dead just formed in 1965 and two years later they made it to just Off-Broadway.

There is some nudity in the musical although not that much, it’s less than a minute, and the set is very dark, but this was controversial 50 years ago.  In the musical Hair, youths protest against war and military service, against intolerance, brutality and the dehumanization of society.  The hippie existence is shown as a possible alternate way of life in which love, happiness and freedom dominate.  When hippies give their opponents and enemies flowers, they are hoping that this gentle gesture of Flower Power will bring about a positive result.

Good morning starshine
The earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we singing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Good morning starshine
There’s nothing in the skies
We met in the sunlight
And my lovers eyes
Good morning starshine
So happy to be
My love and me as we singing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo
Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Can you hear me singing a song, a love song
Singing a song
Loving a song, laughing a song
Singing a song
Sing the song, song sing, song, song, song, singing
Sing, sing, sing a song

Song, song, song sing, sing, sing, sing a song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song
Yeah, you can sing, sing, sing song, sing a song
Sing, sing, song, sing a song, sing

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “favorite Love Song in a Musical”.

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