PVHS & PHHS CLASS OF 1967
50th REUNION THEME SONG

 


THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIENDS
 
Inspired by the 1968 hit song by Mary Hopkin to an old Russian melody,
with special Reunion lyrics by John Markert

 
 
Verse 1
Cradled in a Valley was our high school
Crammed with baby boomers as you know
Then a school was built upon the hillside
So Valley had a new but friendly foe

 
Full Chorus
Those were the days my friends we thought they’d never end
We had our fun but learned a thing or two
Now 50 years have passed, we’ve joined again at last
Our high school days, Oh yes those were the days
 
Verse 2
Then there were two schools with name of Pascack
Valley wore its green and Hills chose brown
On the courts and fields we waged our battles
The fans jammed in from each and every town
 
Short Chorus

Those were the days my friends we thought they’d never end
We’ve come at last, to celebrate our past

 
Verse 3
Life at both our schools ran at a fast pace
But it was always safe to race from class to class
No guns, no knives, no need for an inspection
None dared to roam the halls without a pass

 
Repeat Short Chorus
 
Verse 4
We studied late and tried to do the homework
We wrote reports the night before when due
There were a few great teachers who inspired us
We thought the things they taught were always true

 
Repeat Short Chorus
 
Verse 5
Of course there was romance but few found true love
Best friends were there to mend our broken hearts
New couples formed again with best intentions
Each vowed their pair would never ever part
 
Short Chorus

Those were the days my friends we thought they’d never end
We’ve come at last, to celebrate our past

 
Verse 6
Too bad our high school years went rushing by us
But not before we learned to drive a car
We’d grab our friends and drive across the border
To stop at Paul’s or find our favorite bar

 
Repeat Short Chorus
 
Verse 7
Then the year was 1967
They sent us out with hope to find our way
Some went to war and some went on to college
But those who went to work were known to say:

 
Repeat Short Chorus
 
Verse 8
Jobs and family took our dedication
Life has had its ups and had its downs
Yet often we have felt appreciation
For life-long friends in high school that we found
 
Repeat Short Chorus

 
Verse 9
Now we’ve joined again in celebration
With thoughts of those we wish were here today
For teachers who had earned our admiration
And classmates who we miss but passed away

 
Repeat Short Chorus
 
Verse 10
So laugh and sing together to the music
And dance and dance and dance around the floor
Then raise your glasses high for we are lucky
To celebrate old times we’ve shared before
 
Full Chorus
  (end slowly)
Those were the days my friends we thought they’d never end

We had our fun but learned a thing or two
Now 50 years have passed, we’ve joined again at last
Our high school days, Oh yes those were the days
 
 December 2014