Why must every generation think their folks are square
And no matter where their heads are they know moms aunt there?
Cause I swore when I was small that Id remember when
I knew whats wrong with them that I was smaller then

Determined to remember all the cardinal rules
Like sun showers are legal grounds for cutting school I know I have forgotten maybe one or two
And I hope that I recall them all before the babys due
And I know hell have a question or two

Like "hey Pop, can I go ride my zoom
It goes two hundred miles an hour suspended by balloons
And can I put a droplet of this new stuff on my tongue
And imagine frothing dragons while you sit and wreck your lungs"
And I must be permissive, understanding of the younger generation

Then Ill know that all Ive learned my kid assumes
And all my deepest worries must be his cartoons
And still Ill try to them him all the things Ive done
Related to what he can do when he becomes a man
And still hell stick his fingers in the fan

And "Hey, Pop, my girlfriends only three
Shes got her own videophone and shes taking L.S.D.
And now that were best friends she wants to give a bit to me
But whats the matter Daddy, how come youre turning green?
Can it be that you cant live up to your dream?"

John Sebastian, Lovin' Spoonful