Well, the story goes on from there to include both the Russians and Chinese making use of tape to adhere roaches to missiles, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, (President and Vice President respectively of the United States as the incident took place prior to the 1968 election of Nixon) and everybody else running the government licking and sucking on that giant roach and getting high and devising literally blanket protection for the continental United States. That image alone, of LBJ and Hubert Humphrey getting stoned, makes this song worth listening to, but for those of you like me who have heard the "traditional" version countless times, it's a treat to hear a version unlike any I've ever heard before.
Tales Of '69 is not only great because of the different versions of old favourites it includes alongside songs that have never been released before, it's also a chance to take a glimpse back in time to when things were a whole lot different then they are now. Hearing a young Arlo Guthrie singing some of the songs that we've all come to identify with him when they were newly written makes you appreciate even more how he's able to still keep them sounding fresh 40 years later. Young or old, Arlo is a delight to listen to and this disc is no exception.
You can pre-order your copy of Tales Of '69 from Rising Son Records.