A lot of you never heard of him, of course. But he was a big singer/songwriter whose heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s.
|An old picture of Joe South|
There's one song by South in particular I've always liked, and I think about from time to time. It's called "Games People Play." I first heard it when it came out in 1969 and I was a wee lad of 7.
Often songs I loved when I was little became awful when I was an adult, or vice versa. But this one stuck with me.
Some lyrics of "Games People Play" have extra resonance now, in this political season and in these times when so many people are telling us their god is better than our god.
Here's two examples of the song's lyrics to show you what I mean:
"Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean"
"People walking up to you
Singing glory hallelulia
And they're trying to sock it to you In the name of the Lord."
Sad to say, I guess times didn't change all that much in the four decades since South wrote that song, huh?
Here's the song/video to jog your memory