Skip A Rope

This is a parable of Henson Cargill’s 1968 hit Skip A Rope.” Listen to your children while they play. Isn’t it kinda funny what the children say. Momma hates daddy, daddy hates mom, you should have heard the fight they had. Last night we all woke up to a terrible scream. Gave little sister another bad dream. Don’t pay your taxes, don’t be a fool. What ever happened to the golden rule? Never mind the rules just play to win. Hate you neighbor for the color of their skin. Stab’em in the back that’s the name of the game. Mommy and daddy are whose to blame.” Oh! what a mess we got ourselves in. Can’t seem to get it together to make things right. All we do is fuss and fight. We haven’t paid attention to what the children say. We have only made things worse with each passing day. No longer can we stay this way. We will only end up pale and gray. When you think about it it really isn’t funny what the children say. Today, the world has become pale and gray. What the children have long since said their days are filled with nothing but dread.

When the song “Skip A Rope” first appeared in 1968 should have been a wake up call for our society to realize the pitfalls that have begun to ravage the fellowship of humanity. Since then we really haven’t listened to the actual meaning behind the lyrics of what the song “Skip A Rope” actually conveys. Generation after generation since has only succumbed to the fate that our children have long since endured. As a consequence our society has deteriorated to a point where as a nation we have become so accustomed and desensitized to the violent tremors that keep reverberating through-out the nation.

It was over 50 years ago that song writers turned their attention to the shortcomings and violent confrontations that were erupting in an era of injustices amidst social upheavals. These upheavals brought about the dismantlement of the basic family unit that we had stabilizing much of America’s landscape. As we have entered a new decade in the 21st century after more than a half century later the lyrics behind “Skip A Rope” ring a perspective about our society that has long since been ignored, maybe deemed old fashioned even outdated by the standards of society we have today. It would be so refreshing to adhere to what those lyrics says and realize just how far we still have to go to make things right.

As our society has deteriorated to a point of utter contempt for the basic goodness and fellowship of man many of us wonder just how long can humanity stay focused on just what the lyrics of Skip A Rope is trying to say about our world. The divisions we face, the economic inequality and the injustices that plague so many of us have all interrupted our children’s development in a way that has only perpetuated the way society has become.

Ending this vicious cycle is paramount to bringing about the changes needed so that our children will forge for themselves a destiny far removed from the turbulence that so often affects and destroys the family unit. They in turn break away from the circumstances that has led to the deterioration of the one denominator that is synonymous with stability in society. A strong, healthy and stable environment within the structure of families is essential for societies to break the long standing cycle of repetitive, shall we say warfare between parents, outside influences and in some cases their offspring.

Achieving this is by no means going to be easy considering just how far our society has regressed. We have become intolerant of others and a steady reluctance in embracing any kind of change that would alter the deep divisions that are in tune with the lyrics of Skip A Rope. This is one of the most point on lyrics that is just as pertinent now as it was when it was first released in 1968.

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