Political Animal


February 21, 2013 8:20 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Great Morning Anxiety music: We Five performing “You Were On My Mind” on Hollywood Palace in 1965. Introduced by Fred Astaire!

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • martin on February 21, 2013 9:18 AM:

    Featuring the young Elvis Costello on guitar (just kidding).

    Suitably inspired followup: http://youtu.be/wFGDOqj44nk

  • JR on February 21, 2013 9:36 AM:

    Fred Astaire - coolest person ever

  • deanarms on February 21, 2013 10:10 AM:

    Great choice. Always loved the song!

  • Repack Rider on February 21, 2013 10:18 AM:

    A local group for me, I saw them perform live at a noon concert at College of Marin. I also saw Ian and Sylvia perform the original version that same year.

    The original is a vanilla folk song, but Michael Stewart, brother of the Kingston Trio's John Stewart, did a masterful arrangement, adding passing chords and changing some lyrics. Each verse of this performance is slightly different from the others.

  • Ken D. on February 21, 2013 11:07 AM:

    Ed, thanks for standing up for M-m-m-y Generation.

  • DaveMB on February 21, 2013 2:23 PM:

    There's a nicer performance of essentially this arrangement, but with the original lyrics ("I got drunk, and I got sick...") on Nanci Griffith's _Other Voices II_.

    But Fred Astaire is indeed awesome.