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February 20, 2013

The Cherry People - Ask the Children (1968)

Formed in Washington D.C. in 1964 as the Intruders, this band was primarily composed of brothers Chris and Doug Grimes along with Edwin Meadows, who used the nickname Punky ever since he was a kid. Later changing their name to the English Setters, the group got their first contract with Heritage Records around the summer of 1967 and began using the name seen above. The band’s first single, “And Suddenly,” reached number forty-four on the charts, barely missing the Top 40. It was the closest shot at success that the band ever would reach. After the release of their first album, the sunshine pop-oriented The Cherry People, the band switched to a genre that they felt was more in tune with how they wanted to sound: hard rock. For the remainder of 1968 until the band broke up in 1972, the group primarily played hard rock songs, but failed to reach any sort of commercial success. After breaking up in ’72, Punky Meadows went on to form the glam rock band, Angel, where he found a more lasting success.

This song comes from the group’s first album, The Cherry People, released in 1968. It was the only album by the group to take on a pop-heavy bubblegum sound before making their switch to hard rock. It was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York, New York and arranged by Jimmy Wisner.

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The Cherry People - Ask the Children (1968)

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Lyrics:

When you're down and you’re feeling lonely
Take the time for a walk on Sunday
Ask the children, they'll tell you it's all right
The world's out of sight

All these little things you call problems
And you don't just know how to solve them
Ask the children they'll tell you it's all right
The world's out of sight

Sunshine
Use the sunshine

Hear the sound of laughter
From the tree-tops where they hide
Cowboys shooting Indians
No one died (No one died)
No one died (No one died)

If everyday life don’t thrill you
Take a trip to the park on Sunday
Ask the children, they'll tell you it's all right
The world's out of sight

Sunshine
(Ask the children)
Sunshine
(Ask the children)

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