Style File: The Bubblegum Beat

You may have heard the word Bubblegum to describe a certain bouncy, superficial sound or genre and those songs did have bounce , or a lilt if you will, but if you listen there was a deeper message. A group may have been labeled Bubblegum and it was meant derogatory most of the time, but there was much of this “Bubblegum” music that had a deeper meaning.

Here is one group labeled Bubblegum, The Lemonpipers:

  • “Rice is Nice” is a bouncy little tune but it’s really someone lamenting the fact that they really want to be married.
  • “The Shoemaker Of Leatherware Square” is about a man looking for love and is taught the lesson that finding love is up to you.
  • “Rainbow Tree” -where life is free and you can pick rainbows off a rainbow tree. The song says you can see further because “time and place is only something your mind creates” and “only boundaries your mind makes”. It points out that you keep yourself from love with your own excuses.
  • The Lemon Pipers' biggest hit “Green Tambourine” with money feeding a music machine.
  • "Lonely Atmosphere" is a very melancholy song (yet it does not become maudlin) about someone who has no love.
  • "Wine and Violet", a psychedelic song with lots of symbolism and if you can figure out what it means good luck.
  • And of course this group had true Bubblegum songs such as “Blueberry Blue” with a castle in the sky, lollipop trees, and a ride on a blue butterfly. Also “Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)” with a rainbow ladder to the sky.

    You can find music from The Lemonpipers’ albums The Best of the Lemon Pipers, Green Tambourine, and Jungle Marmalade. Look for this group on Freegal, the free and legal website paid for by your Beauregard Parish Library. With Freegal you get 5 free downloads per week and 3 free hours daily of commercial-free streaming music.