Every time I hear this song, by Paul Revere and the Raiders, I wonder what it would be like if played at a higher speed? But when you look back at what was going on with the U.S. Postal Service when this song was written (1967), you realize that the bogged down, sluggish almost plodding tempo makes sense.
Mail volume was up but the U.S.P.S. did not have the infrastructure to handle it. Postage rates were going to go up for all classes of mail except for Second Class and what was then called “Bulk Mail”, now called “Standard Presort Mail”.
What’s most striking is not just the similarities in the struggles faced by the U.S.P.S. then and now but the fact that they are caused by many of the same things and one completely opposite thing. I would love to have your input. Bonus points if you can name the Postmaster General in 1967.
About midway down Mark Lindsay’s site he’s posted the lyrics to “Rain, Sleet, Snow“. I’ll end this post with the quote at the end of those lyrics:
As we fade, the postal authorities struggle on,
Valiantly singing their battle song – To the tune of increasing rates.
By Mark Lindsay and Terry Melcher
©1967 Daywin Music ~ All rights reserved.