Janis Ian ∆ Younger Generation Blues (1967)

A few weeks back, at a strange little yard sale down the street from my apartment, I scored a compilation album curated by the once-popular New York disk jockey and concert promoter Murray the K. Featuring a selection of tracks by the bands he’d been playing on his show at the time, the comp includes songs by The Blues Project, Vanilla Fudge, The Shangri-Las, The Rascals and The Bee Gees, along with a pair of tunes by folky singer/songwriter Janis Ian. Thanks to ol’ Murray, I’ve been on a recent trip with Janis’ “Younger Generation Blues”—a rebellious, cigarette smokin’, anti-adult rocker of a tune.

Doggone sergeant, he rolled up in a hearse
And he called me a lousy, no good, juvenile pervert
He gave me a lecture on cancer of the lung
Said, anyone who smokes is a low-down dirty bum

Smoke ’em if you got ’em, folks.

Janis Ian Younger ∆ Generation Blues