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Old 08-15-2005, 05:27 AM   #16
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I always thought the line was "watching the asphalt grow" with the same explanation that someone above gave.

Anytime your offered money (or) Monday <<< This was the funniest wrong line.

Opening lyrics:
Good Times
Any time you meet a payment
Good Times
Any time you need a friend
Good Times
Any time you're out from under
Not gettin' hassled, not gettin' hustled
Keepin' your head above water
Makin' a wave when you can
Temporary lay-offs
Good Times
Easy credit rip-offs
Good Times
Scratchin' and survivin'
Good Times
Hangin' in a chow line
Good Times
Aint we lucky we got 'em
Good Times

Closing lyrics:
mmmmmmm
Just lookin' out of the window
Watchin' the asphalt grow (or road)
Thinkin' how it all looks hand-me-down
Good Times
Keepin' your head above water
Makin' a wave when you can
Temporary lay-offs
Good Times
Easy Credit rip-offs
Good Times
Aint we lucky we got 'em
Good Times
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:53 PM   #17
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Lightbulb Hangin an a ....???

I really don't think that hangin in a "chow" line would be considered a GOOD TIME! Besides, they were poor and living in the projects...not HOMELESS and HUNGRY. Florida was cookin all the time. To the person who said the line was: "Hangin and a jivin" (maybe that was correct). Also, is possible that the line after Keepin' your head above water, could be "making a WAY when you can"?? Just a thought, cause we were always tryin' to make a way.
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Old 10-18-2005, 03:26 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by snowpeck
The line "hangin in a jury" is very wrong. The line is "hangin and a-jivin".

The hand-me-down line is correct. When something is hand-me-down, it is all used and old, like hand-me-down clothing from an older brother or sister.

Also, they are watchin the asphalt grow. Asphalt doesn't grow. This is to point out the fact that there is no grass. The real phrase is "watching the grass grow". But in this neighborhood there is no grass so all you can do is watch the asphalt.

the line is HANGING IN A CHOW LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:12 PM   #19
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Default Good Times Theme Song

Good Times
Anytime you need a payment
Good Times
Anytime you need friend
Good Times
Anytime your out from under
Not Gettin' Hassled Not Gettin' Hussled
Keepin' Your head above water
Makin' a way when you can

Temporary lay offs
Good Times
Easy Credit Rip Offs
Good Times
Scratchin and survivin'
Good Times
Hangin' and a Jivin' _ (African American households swear by this lyric.)
Good Times
Ain't we lucky we got 'em?
Good Times

I believe the closing theme goes
I thought it was asphalt glow but now that I am listening to it on this site I hear "thrown." Only Blinky Williams and Jim Gilstrap know what they were saying when they sang it over 30 years ago.

Mmmmmm
Just Lookin' out of the window
Watchin' the asphalt thrown
Thinkin' how it all looks hand me down
Good Times
Good Times
Hey yeah
Keepin' your head above water....
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:59 PM   #20
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Watching the asphalt grow!!!!!! it's poetic, in a ghetto good time way...they had no grass, they live in the big city with nothing but asphalt around.
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:17 PM   #21
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Default Watchin' The Asphalt Grow

Yes, I always thought it was that too. It may very well be. I am from the Boogie Down Bronx. I know about asphalt. But Listen to the closing theme on this site and it sounds like "thrown". Turn up your speakers. Doesn't it? hangin' in a "chow line" sounds so "not black". People from the hood don't do that. The writers of the song were Jewish but Blinky and Jim could have improvised on the sung lyric and made it hangin' and a jivin' but the copyright may say "hangin' in a chow line". we just would never say something like that in da hood.
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Old 11-10-2005, 12:14 AM   #22
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to its 'hanging in the chow line' ive ot closed captions on my tvs...
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Old 05-07-2006, 05:43 PM   #23
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Default This is my thoughts on the Good Time theme lyrics

Quote from Good_Times1:

Good Times
Anytime you need a payment
Good Times
Anytime you need friend
Good Times
Anytime your out from under
Not Gettin' Hassled Not Gettin' Hussled
Keepin' Your head above water
Makin' a way when you can

Temporary lay offs
Good Times
Easy Credit Rip Offs
Good Times
Scratchin and survivin'
Good Times
Hangin' and a Jivin' _ (African American households swear by this lyric.)
Good Times
Ain't we lucky we got 'em?
Good Times

I believe the closing theme goes
I thought it was asphalt glow but now that I am listening to it on this site I hear "thrown." Only Blinky Williams and Jim Gilstrap know what they were saying when they sang it over 30 years ago.

Mmmmmm
Just Lookin' out of the window


Watchin' the asphalt thrown

(I believe that the correct lyric is "watchin' the asphalt grow")

Thinkin' how it all looks hand me down
(I believe that the correct lyric is "Thinkin' how it all looks everytime")

Good Times
Good Times
Hey yeah
Keepin' your head above water....


I just thought that I'd put my little 2 cents in.

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Old 05-08-2006, 01:54 AM   #24
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Talking whut in tha monkeyhell?

the **** iz wrong with ya'll.............do you understand the wordz that are comin out my mouth? DAMMIT ya'll do not listen.............school:you did not go there thats why you dont know how to listen....hangin in a jury???.....makin a wave when you can????? They stayed in Chicago....how in tha manhell could they make a damn wave when they could. And why in the sheep**** would they be hangin in a jury.....how it all looks hand-me-down....they said how it almost had me down.....cow****er......anytime your offered money....never heard them say that ****...whut show wuz u watchin GOOD WINES?????? Hangin in a challenge......u butt pirate..itz hangin in a chow line or job line...........one of tha 2. and 2 the smartbastard who said, "thinkin how it all looks sanitized"........where do i start u dumb****...****.....ass....i've never heard that one....,thatz a new one.....ur good.....very ****in good u monkey lover......get ya **** right!!!!! it'z J.J. EVANS Biotchez!!!!! I KNOOOOOOW!!!!!
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Old 09-23-2006, 06:02 PM   #25
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LOL ... All these renditions are priceless!!!

I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who had trouble over the years hearing the lyrics! Even when it was first on the air I couldn't get all the words!

I was so proud of myself just the other day, when I FINALLY FIGURED OUT it's "IF WE'RE LUCKY WE GOT 'EM!", after all these years! I always thought it was IF WE LOVE YOU WE GOT 'EM"...

I tell ya though, I gotta disagree with the thought that "asphalt doesn't "glow""... IT DOES! On a HOT DAY it can be BRUTALLY BRIGHT!!! I had to walk across a HUGE parking lot several times a week some years ago, and got very dizzy, and nearly passed, needing to go back inside for awhile, because of the reflection, glare, and HEAT it gave off besides! :S .. I wasn't very well at that time, and pretty weakened, but it was no halucination, it was a terribly dangerous GLOW! .... Be that as it may, I still think, for the theme song, that "grow" makes more sense

HELLO ALL, I'm new here and decided to jump right in to this board FIRST, {instead of the introduction board}, as this is where I first SAW the great board, and found just what I was looking for, in the first place!!

... Also, I thought it was "Any time you MEET a friend!" ... silly me!

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Old 09-27-2006, 12:07 AM   #26
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Wink Setting a few things straight regarding the lyrics

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Good Times
Anytime you need a payment
Good Times
Anytime you need friend
Good Times
Anytime your out from under
Not Gettin' Hassled Not Gettin' Hussled
Keepin' Your head above water
Makin' a way when you can

Temporary lay offs
Good Times
Easy Credit Rip Offs
Good Times
Scratchin and survivin'
Good Times
Hangin' and a Jivin' _ (African American households swear by this lyric.)
Good Times
Ain't we lucky we got 'em?
Good Times

I believe the closing theme goes
I thought it was asphalt glow but now that I am listening to it on this site I hear "thrown." Only Blinky Williams and Jim Gilstrap know what they were saying when they sang it over 30 years ago.

Mmmmmm
Just Lookin' out of the window
Watchin' the asphalt thrown
Thinkin' how it all looks hand me down
Good Times
Good Times
Hey yeah
Keepin' your head above water....


Good Times
Any time you MEET a payment (translation: any time you make a payment on time)

Good Times

Any time you need a friend (translation: this one is self explanatory)

Good Times

Any time you're out from under
not gettin' hassled, not gettin' hustled (translation: self explanatory)

Keepin' your head above water (translation: not drowning in bills/debts)

Makin' a WAY when you can (translation: maneuvering your finances [if possible] to try to get yourself ahead)

Temporary lay-offs
Good Times
Easy credit rip-offs
Good Times
Scratchin' and survivin'
Good Times
Hangin' in a chow line (translation: Food Pantry [or whatever kind of food giveaway they had back then] -- DUH people, you really couldn't figure that one out???)
Good Times
Ain't we lucky we got 'em?
Good Times

CLOSING THEME
Mmmmhmmmm

Just lookin' out of the window

Watchin the asphalt glow (translation: in the ghetto, there are no manicured lawns therefore there's nothing for the sun to shine on except asphalt)

Thinkin' how it all looks 'handed down' (translation: everything in the ghetto looks like someone else's hand-offs or hand-outs or 'hand-me-downs' -- in other words, something from yesteryear but certainly not up-to-date or new)

Good Times - hey yeah
Good Times
Keepin' your head above water
Making a way when you can
Temporary lay-offs
Good Times
Easy credit rip-offs
Good Times
Ain't we lucky we got 'em
Good Times

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Old 01-08-2011, 08:16 PM   #27
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Actually, the second line is "Any time you MEET a friend". I don't know why it keeps getting written as "need". It sounds very clear in the song. I can't believe nobody else has ever heard the right lyrics!
It's "Makin' a WAVE when you can", not way.
"Hangin' and a-jivin." "survivin" and "jivin" are perfect rhymes.
"Watchin' the asphalt GROW," it's very clear in the song.
"Thinkin' how it all looks hand-me-down", meaning old, rundown, dated.
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I found it on the website - http://www.cfhf.net/lyrics/good-time.htm. As for the lyrics in question it's "Watchin' the asphalt grow. Thinkin' how it all looks SANITIZED". Anyway I hope this helps.


OPENING THEME LYRICS

Good Times.
Any time you meet a payment. - Good Times.
Any time you need a friend. - Good Times.
Any time you’re out from under.
Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.
Keepin’ your head above water,
Making a wave when you can.

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Scratchin’ and surviving. - Good Times.
Hangin in a chow line - Good Times.
Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em - Good Times.

CLOSING THEME LYRICS

Mmmmmm
Just lookin' out of the window.
Watchin' the asphalt grow.
Thinkin' how it all looks sanitized
Good Times, yeah, yeah Good Times

Keepin' your head above water
Makin' a wave when you can

Temporary lay offs. - Good Times.
VOICE-OVER spoken by John Amos: Good Times was recorded in front of a live studio audience
Easy credit rip offs. - Good Times.
Ain't we lucky we got 'em - Good Times.
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the **** iz wrong with ya'll.............do you understand the wordz that are comin out my mouth? DAMMIT ya'll do not listen.............school:you did not go there thats why you dont know how to listen....hangin in a jury???.....makin a wave when you can????? They stayed in Chicago....how in tha manhell could they make a damn wave when they could. And why in the sheep**** would they be hangin in a jury.....how it all looks hand-me-down....they said how it almost had me down.....cow****er......anytime your offered money....never heard them say that ****...whut show wuz u watchin GOOD WINES?????? Hangin in a challenge......u butt pirate..itz hangin in a chow line or job line...........one of tha 2. and 2 the smartbastard who said, "thinkin how it all looks sanitized"........where do i start u dumb****...****.....ass....i've never heard that one....,thatz a new one.....ur good.....very ****in good u monkey lover......get ya **** right!!!!! it'z J.J. EVANS Biotchez!!!!! I KNOOOOOOW!!!!!
I registered just to reply to this comment. I sent a fb message to Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams the ones to sang the song and they both say the lyrics are:
JUST LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW; WATCHING THE ASPHALT GROW; THINKING OF HOW IT ALL LOOKS HAND ME DOWN; KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER, MAKING A WAY WHEN YOU CAN. TEMPORARY LAYOFFS (GOOD TIMES) EASY CREDIT RIP OFFS (GOOD TIMES) HANGING IN AND JIVING - GOOD TIMES- AINT WE LUCKY WE 'EM ..GODD TIMES
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I registered just to reply to this comment. I sent a fb message to Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams the ones to sang the song and they both say the lyrics are:
JUST LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW; WATCHING THE ASPHALT GROW; THINKING OF HOW IT ALL LOOKS HAND ME DOWN; KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER, MAKING A WAY WHEN YOU CAN. TEMPORARY LAYOFFS (GOOD TIMES) EASY CREDIT RIP OFFS (GOOD TIMES) HANGING IN AND JIVING - GOOD TIMES- AINT WE LUCKY WE 'EM ..GODD TIMES

I always thought it was "Catching a Wave when you Can"
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