Quite possibly the weirdest thing you will see all day

My parents used to watch Lawrence Welk all the time, so it’s likely that they saw this when it first aired in 1971. If so, I’m sure they were just as clueless as to the meaning of the word “toke” as Gail and Dale appear to be. What floors me is that apparently no one connected with the show knew what the word meant, or took the time to look it up in the dictionary.

10 Responses to Quite possibly the weirdest thing you will see all day

  1. Thomas says:

    I didn’t watch Welk’s show after going to college in 1958, so this is a surprise to me. Certainly out of character. Perhaps it was part of a last-ditch effort to save the show from cancellation. According to Wikipedia, the show’s run ended in 1971, as part of the “Rural Purge”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge

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  2. Mike says:

    It looks like Dale may know exactly what he’s singing about. Just sayin’.

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  3. 49erDweet says:

    You forget how square we were. “Toke” was used back in the old days in place of “tip”, “gratuity” or “coin”. In that context the song title was meaningless, but my money is on Welk and the producers being oblivious and included it in the show as their ” token” (no pun intended) religious piece. The other musicians, otoh, knew.

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  4. My grandma loved Welk. She watched the reruns even.

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  5. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog and commented:
    LOL! 🙂
    This is what happens when culturally isolated musicians cover popular songs. Even when something as absurd as this doesn’t happen, it’s still pretty strange. I previously reblogged a post of a clip of the Osmonds covering Steely Dan. Weirdness, indeed…

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