1. Bring Back The Ole Time Days – Nappy Mayers

Richard “Nappy” Mayers (1951 – 1993) was a composer/musician. “Bring Back The Ole Time Days” was released in 1991.

Teaching Points

This song can be used to teach a number of topics in Social Studies, economics, History, and Science: The effects of industrialization; the effects of pollution on the land; changing values of people and how these changes affect decision making.

It can also be used to teach the spoken language pattern of the era. The students can examine how the the singer expresses his thoughts on a reflective piece.

Song: Bring Back the Ole Time Days

Lyrics: Bring Back The Ole Time Day

Bring back the old time days
Bring back them old time ways
I know everything must change
But I still love the old time days

Used to be everyone could afford to live right
Just to feel nice, didn’t need no Paradise
Now open your eyes, look around
Smoke in the city, and what was pretty
Crying out for sympathy

So bring back the old time days
Bring back them old time ways
I know everything must change
But I still love the old time days

Used to be everyone cared for each other
Lived like brothers, respected one another
In times gone by we used to share
Together we’d make do and if I draw a sou-sou
What was mine was yours too
I know them days done pass and gone
And I know that life must carry on
But if I must join in with the pack
Then I going back, I going back. Yeah, yeah

Back to the old time days
Back to them old time ways
I know everything must change
But I still love the old time days

Yes, bring back the old time days
Bring back them old time ways
I know everything must change
But I still love the old time days

Bring it back, bring it back
Just bring it back
Bring it back, bring it back