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San Francisco Be Sure to Wear Flowers

Scptt McKenzie San Francisco Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Psychedelic Pop Music

Ah yes, Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is a good example of Sixties psychedelic pop. It is also one of those songs that bring up the images of the counterculture of the Sixties, and it is one of those songs that brought thousands of people for the U.S. and around the world to San Francisco to experience the counterculture there. Producers John Phillips (of The Mama’s & The Papas) and Lou Adler used the song to help promote the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival.

The song was written by John Phillips in 1967. Singer/songwriter Scott McKenzie recorded and released it as a single backed with “What’s the Difference” and on his 1967 album The Voice of Scott McKenzie. Phillips played guitar on the recording. There were also Gary L. Coleman on orchestra bells and chimes, Hal Blaine on drums, and Joe Osborn on bass. The song rose quickly to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. It was very popular throughout Europe.

In Central Europe, during Czechoslovakia’s 1968 Prague Spring uprising, people adopted “San Francisco” as a anthem for freedom. (Needless to say, the Soviets were not amused, as they controlled the area at the time.)

In response to this song, The Bee Gees wrote “Massachusetts,” which they released a bit later in 1967, where the narrator of the song has gone to San Francisco along with many others and now is homesick for Massachusetts. (The Bee Gees had never been to Massachusetts at that time.) It went to #1 in Australia and the U.K. , going on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Go figure.

Here are the lyrics to “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie:

“If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair

All across the nation
Such a strange vibration
People in motion
There’s a whole generation
With a new explanation
People in motion
People in motion

For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there”

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