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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 © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bryan Keith Holland

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Hapi Djús

This was one of the first albums I ever purchased for myself as a teenager. This was one of my favourite tracks... I used to listen to it without knowing how much relevance the song would hold in life now over 20 years later. Pretty insane.
One of us OD'd
One of us died in an accident
One of us got addicted to crack and vanished
One of us can't get past the struggle for minimum wage
One of us has been on suicide watch multiple times and can't hold any sort of job
One of us has an unknown illness that's slowly killing him
One of us is an accomplished type of person but can't break their gambling addiction
One of us got handed the family business but that's his life now
One of us fell into family life with a toxic relationship
One of us went crazy
One of us went overseas
One of us actually made it somewhere themselves in life
And then there's me. I was born with an anxiety disorder. I used to think I'd fall into some category there above... but oddly enough life is panning out ok. You know, for all those burned dreams and long gone aspirations I have now, hearing this song really puts it into perspective just how lucky I am to be on the path I'm on, even though life isn't exactly as I'd hoped it would be nor am I nowhere near any position I'd like to be in with my career and family life, I'm happy and have a direction in life to move in.

Just that alone counts for more than most it seems. Oh how lucky I really am.



WhiteIslandStudios

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



ILya WALTHER

Lyrics Of The Song:

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.

aldermartin

Americana was released in 1998 actually

Kenji Budo

Yes it's more true then ever...

Zak Halkyard

how have you all gotten this wrong, it was released in 1998... so it's 24 years old now in 2022....

Axel Larsson

and the kids are less alright than ever and nothing is happening to change that direction.

Ana Filipa Fernandes

And you know what the best thing is? I'm 34, still going out into night clubs, and this music is still a hit!!

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GAMARRA ROMERO NILDA

Nada como escuchar esta canción... Te pone el ánimo a mil, lo máximo!!!! 😎🤘

Lucas Castillo

Es muy buena la canción y si te suve el animo jaja

Luis javier Aguilar Hernandez

Exactamente jajajaja me sube el Ánimo 🤣🤣

Edwin Marin Castro

When I was a kid I listened to this song with my group of friends and thought "this is so cool"... Now I realized what this song really says and it gets deep in you. Specially when you are the one who stayed in town and the one who got to explain to old friends that came back what happened to our group.
It hits you really hard when you see that tear after telling them...

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