“1985”

Woohoohoo
Woohoohoo

Debbie just hit the wall
She never had it all
One Prozac a day
Husband’s a CPA
Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four
Only been with one man
What happen to her plan?

She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake her ass
On the hood of white snake’s car
Her yellow SUV is now the enemy
Looks at her average life
And nothing has been alright since

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

Woohoohoo
(1985)
Woohoohoo

She’s seen all the classics
She knows every line
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink
Even Saint Elmo’s Fire
She rocked out to Wham
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan
Thought she’d get a hand
On a member of Duran Duran

Where’s the mini-skirt made of snake skin
And who’s the other guy that’s singing in Van Halen
When did reality become T.V.
Whatever happened to sitcoms, game shows
(on the radio was)

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

Woohoohoo

She hates time make it stop
When did Motley Crue become classic rock?
And when did Ozzy become an actor?
Please make this stop
Stop!
And bring back

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 1985

Woohoohoo

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV (woohoohoo)
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

Singing to this song with my 12 year old daughter and her friend, P. I noticed one mis-sung lyric … wherever it says “There was U2 and Blondie” they BOTH sang “You-tube.” So, so sad.

Another song they really, really like and insist is absolutely true is :

High School Never Ends

Four years you think for sure
That’s all you’ve got to endure
All the total dicks
All the stuck up chicks
So superficial, so immature
Then when you graduate
You take a look around and you say HEY WAIT
This is the same as where I just came from
I thought it was over
Aw that’s just great

The whole damn world is just as obsessed
With who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex,
Who’s got the money, who gets the honeys,
Who’s kinda cute and who’s just a mess
And you still don’t have the right look
And you don’t have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends
High school never ends

Check out the popular kids
You’ll never guess what Jessica did
How did Mary Kate lose all that weight
And Katie had a baby so I guess Tom’s straight
And the only thing that matters
Is climbing up that social ladder
Still care about your hair and the car you drive
Doesn’t matter if you’re sixteen or thirty-five

Reese Witherspoon,
She’s the prom queen
Bill Gates,
Captain of the chess team
Jack Black, the clown
Brad Pitt, the quarterback
I’ve seen it all before
I want my money back

The whole damn world is just as obsessed
With who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex,
Who’s in the clubs and who’s on the drugs,
Who’s throwing up before they digest
And you still don’t have the right look
And you don’t have the right friends
And you’re still listen to the same shit you did back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

The whole damn world is just as obsessed
With who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex,
Who’s got the money, who gets the honeys,
Who’s kinda cute and who’s just a mess
And I still don’t have the right look
And I still have the same three friends
And I’m pretty much the same as I was back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

High school never ends

Here we go again

I think “real life” is nothing like high school. No drinking Dr. NightTrain cocktails. No indiscriminate sex with strangers (well, rarely). No skipping class and getting high with friends. No petty shop-lifting or minor vandalism. Worse, yet, no lunch consisting of snowballs and fritos while still maintaining a slim figure.

Okay, okay, I was just joking about all that (well, mostly). I had a pretty good time in high school. However, I love the freedom adulthood offers and I tried to explain this to the girls.
Me: As an adult if you don’t like someone you don’t have to be around them.
Girls: What about at work?
Me: Well, you still have options, if you really dislike someone you can get a new job.
Girls: What about being popular?
Me: As an adult, being popular isn’t really a factor. It’s more about spending time with friends and your family.
Girls: No, it’s still all about being popular.
Me: No, really, it’s not.
Girls: Yes, it is.
Me: No, it’s not.
Girls: Yes, it is.
Me: Ugh
It’s sad that the kids think a “Bowling for Soup” song is gospel about what adulthood is really like. Because, you know, punk/pop singers are known for being really mature. And their lives are just like ours.

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5 Responses to “”

  1. vaspers aka steven e. streight Says:

    Congrats on winning the dessert recipe contest at Naturally Yours. What did you end up buying? Have you tried Coco Zum, the naturally spray air freshener with chocolate aroma? It’s about $8 a can, I think.

    Songs that open a child’s understanding to the dangers of this world is an effective technique, and some say it’s the only way to protect very young children for stranger danger “sneaky people, run run run” etc.

    Lyrics that enlighten the shabby side of life, not in morbid glee, but in helpful warnings, are quite good to sing together. There is a new CD of coal miner songs “Songs of Coal” I think it is, that would also be good, work ethic, etc.

  2. Kevin Lowe Says:

    I like that 1985 song. It’s catchy. But does make me realize that I’m getting old 😦

    As for high school . . . I didn’t like it all that much. I didn’t like the regimented lifestyle. Going to class all day was not my idea of fun. Much preferred college.

    As for kids these days . . . it seems they’re all preoccupied with fame. Everyone seems to live vicariously through celebrities or the most recent reality TV series. So, it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of kids envision real life as a continuation of the high school popularity contest. It’s sad, really. Because, yes, real life is nothing like high school (unless you’re a blogger ;))

  3. PeoriaIllinoisan Says:

    Kevin, I’ve yet to meet someone who said “I loved High School”

    Maybe I just run with the wrong crowd.

  4. jennywo Says:

    Bowling for Soup’s “1985”. It is a catchy litttle tune. Silly video, too. Oh, that would bring a tear to my eye if I heard someone sing “You Tube” instead of “U2.”..oooh, the horror. My eight month old daughter has already been introduced to U2. :o) I’ve loved them for over 20 years now.

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