So, in 1968 a hit song called Grazing in the Grass debuted on American radio. The song was an instrumental and was composed by Philemon Hou and first recorded by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. It quickly climbed the music charts and made it to one of the top spots on the Hot 100 chart. It also ranked as the 18th biggest hit of the year.

But that was not the last Americans heard from Grazing in the Grass. The very next year (1969) a group called the Friends of Distinction released their own version, complete with lyrics penned by member Harry Elston. Harry said he got the inspiration for his lyrics while on tour with Ray Charles. He said he would look out the tour bus window and see cows as the group proceeded to the next stop, and would think, "These cows got it made."

According to an article on Genius.com, the group decided to "kick up the speed and sound of the laid-back original with lush orchestration and rapid-fire vocals." This version was an instant hit. It reached #3 on the Top Ten pop list, and #5 on the R&B list. However, it should be mentioned that the original instrument version by Masekela was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

In any event, we are thrilled to present this version by the Friends of Distinction. Enjoy!

Grazing in the Grass
Instrumental by Hugh Masekela, 1968
Lyric writers (1969): Harry Elston / Philemon Hou
Grazing in the Grass lyrics © Cherio Corporation

[Verse 1]
It sure is mellow, grazin' in the grass
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)
What a trip just watchin' as the world goes past
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)

[Verse 2]
There are so many good things to see, while grazin' in the grass
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)
Flowers with colors for takin', everything outta sight, in the grass
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)

[Verse 3]
The sun beaming down between the leaves
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)
And the bir-ir-ir-irds dartin' in and out of the trees
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)

[Refrain]
Everything here is so clear, you can see it
And everything here is so real, you can feel it
And it's real (Rock it to me, sock it to me, rock it to me, sock it to me), so real (Rock it to me, sock it to me), so real (Rock it to me, sock it to me), so real (Rock it to me, sock it to me), so real (Rock it to me, sock it to me), so real (Rock it to me, sock it to me)
Can you dig it?
(Whooo!) (Whooo!)
I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it
Oh, let's dig it. (Can you dig it, baby?)
I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it
Oh, let's dig it. (Can you dig it, baby!)

[Verse 4]
The sun beaming down between the leaves
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)
And the bir-ir-ir-irds dartin' in and out of the trees
(Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it?)

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