The time the Bible-loving Lawrence Welk Show sang a marijuana song (video)

Some readers turned me on to this video, from the uber-conservative “Lawrence Welk Show.”

I always hated the show — it was the worst of “grandma” television.


Well, what I didn’t know was that once Lawrence Welk, God bless his thumper soul, decided to have “One toke over the line” sung on this show, thinking it was a “modern spiritual” because the song references “Mary” and “Jesus.”

In fact, it was a song about getting too high on marijuana while sitting at the train station.



I’d never seen this, it’s so bad it’s good.

After Welk’s version, I’ve posted the real song. It really is a nice song. Though apparently they wrote it on the fly as a joke. And it was their biggest hit.

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