“When I think of all the worries
People seem to find
And how they’re in a hurry
To complicate their minds
By chasing after money
And dreams that can’t come true
I’m glad that we are different
We’ve better things to do”

The Grass Roots

Excerpted lyrics from the song “Let’s Live for Today”, 1967. Recorded in the United States by the Grassroots. Written by Michael Julien, Ivan Mogull, and David Shapiro. Song quotes. Song lyrics. Summer of Love 1967.

The English lyrics for “Let’s Live for Today” — originally the Italian song “Piangi Con Me” — echoes the sentiments of the Hippie Movement’s Summer of Love in 1967 :

simplify and enjoy your life, live outside the American standards of acquiring wealth and practicing consumerism.

– Douglas

“Where the single really struck a resonant chord was among men serving in Vietnam;

the song’s serious emotional content seemed to overlay perfectly with the sense of uncertainty afflicting most of those in combat; parts of the lyric could have echoed sentiments in any number of letters home, words said on last dates, and thoughts directed to deeply missed wives and girlfriends.”

music critic Bruce Eder