I’ve been watching reruns of All in the Family on Antenna TV. The show is hilarious and my perspective on it is certainly different than when I last watched it as a kid in the '70’s. The lyrics to its theme song Those Were the Days are seemingly innocuous at first. However, there are a couple of lines that are borderline offensive such “guys like us, we had it made” and “girls were girls and men were men”, and others a little moreso such as “didn’t need no welfare state” and “everybody pulled his weight”. The most interesting line to me is “mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.” He was, of course, the president at the time of the Great Depression.
I think if the song was composed today, it would be obvious satire. However, was that the intent of the song at the time?