|Old People - 2014-11-06 |
Hey, say what you will about this song (plus apparently "Kidz Bop" means adding sounds of children yelling throughout), but I feel it. I'm stuck in 2004, which is the year the song was on the radio. I had my '71 Cutlass, my slammin girlfriend, money, a promising military career, drinking was still fun, not a care in the world. Ten years later, I'm a dirtbag security contractor, single at an age when all my friends are settling down, money is tight, and I have a raft of substance and psychological issues. I sympathize with the song's protagonist; everything was supposed to be all right.
Besides, you gotta admit the chorus is hella catchy.
Meh, things were shittier then for me than they are now. I live pretty comfortably, drive a nice vehicle, live in a nice house, and get to mostly do what I want when I want, as opposed to then when I was going to school with a bunch of people I couldn't stand, driving a shitbox unreliable car and living in a shitty apartment with no heat, and being broke all the time.
Every time I hear people say how much more awesome things were for them in their teens/early 20s I can't help but pity them. Those years are the most tedious, boring, unproductive years of your life, where all you're doing is working toward being able to be productive. I think these are the very reasons why tv and movies about high school and college go out of their way to make it out to be this awesome time of non-stop fun and the most important magical time of life that you'll treasure forever etc.
Or maybe the shittiness of that time for me has just made me cynical. All I know is life got a lot less loathsome for me after 25 and if I woke up tomorrow and found out I was 16 again I'd probably jump in front of the nearest speeding mack truck.
That being said, I really liked this song when it was new, even though I couldn't stand anything else by Bowling for Soup.
Son, you are living life the way it's supposed to be lived. Good on ya, and yeah this song kicks ass.
Also, the original music video is actually sort of funny and poignant in a Freaks and Geeks kind of way.
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