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The Kids Aren't Alright
The Offspring Lyrics


When we were young, the future was so bright (whoa)
The old neighborhood was so alive (whoa)
And every kid on the whole damn street (whoa)
Was gonna make it big and not be beat
Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn (whoa)
The kids are grown up but their lives are worn (whoa)
How can one little street
Swallow so many lives?

Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for
Used to be
Still it's hard
Hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams
Go

Jamie had a chance, well, she really did (whoa)
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids (whoa)
Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job (whoa)
Just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot
Jay committed suicide (whoa)
Brandon OD'd and died (whoa)
What the hell is going on?
The cruelest dream, reality

Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for
Used to be
Still it's hard
Hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams
Go

Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for
Used to be
Still it's hard
Hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams

Lyrics © Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bryan Keith Holland

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Enzo Schulmeister

Lyrics:
When we were young, the future was so bright
Woah-oh
The old neighborhood was so alive
Woah-oh
And every kid on the whole damn street
Woah-oh
Was gonna make it big and not be beat
Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn
Woah-oh
The kids are grown up, but their lives are worn
Woah-oh
How can one little street swallow so many lives?
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams (Go!)
Jamie had a chance, well she really did
Woah-oh
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
Woah-oh
Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job
Woah-oh
He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot
Jay commited suicide
Woah-oh
Brandon OD'd and died
Woah-oh
What the hell is going on?
The cruelest dream, reality
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams (Go!)
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for (what) used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams



ReyDelTejado

When we were young, the future was so bright
Woah-oh
The old neighborhood was so alive
Woah-oh
And every kid on the whole damn street
Woah-oh
Was gonna make it big and not be beat
Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn
Woah-oh
The kids are grown up, but their lives are worn
Woah-oh
How can one little street swallow so many lives?
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams (Go!)
Jamie had a chance, well she really did
Woah-oh
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
Woah-oh
Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job
Woah-oh
He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot
Jay commited suicide
Woah-oh
Brandon OD'd and died
Woah-oh
What the hell is going on?
The cruelest dream, reality
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams (Go!)
Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for (what) used to be
Still it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives
Shattered dreams



Matt

I don't think that's the meaning. The lines

"Jamie had a chance, well she really did
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job
He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot

Jay committed suicide
Brandon OD'd and died
What the hell is going on
The cruelest dream, reality"

aren't about people being happy. They are about people who's lives were swallowed by the street. It's about those that had potential that went to waste due to circumstance or whatever else.



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Beerdy - Bruce Lee Central

It's been exactly 20 years since this was released. Man, time sure does fly by.

A1 Bokeh

Ugh its crazy man

DomSav

The time flies by way to quick man

Cileide Araujo

Q

Random Crap Studios

@Simeon Boland I was 17 and still am 17 and I still love it. lol

Simeon Boland

dam I was 10 when I first heard this haha and still love it

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George Cintron

As a 36 year old fan. We need more music like this. How can anyone listen to this and not instantly be put in a better mood!

Shaun Bolen

1 hour apart, 1 world apart. But here we are at the same place, at the same mind.

solidvirgol87

Real music! At the current moment the world is upside down, and these times will never come back.

Whores Heart

Nostalgia is painful, bittersweet.

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