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The Freshmen
The Verve Pipe Lyrics


When I was young I knew everything
And she a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I'm guilt stricken
Sobbing with my head on the floor
Stop a baby's breath and a shoe full of rice, no

Can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

My best friend took a week's
Vacation to forget her
His girl took a week's worth oh
Valium and slept
And now he's guilt stricken sobbing with his
Head on the floor
Think's about her now and how he never really
Wept he says

Can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah

We tried to wash our hands of all of this
We never talk of our lacking relationships
And how we're guilt stricken sobbing with our
Heads on the floor
We fell through the ice when we tried not to
Slip, we'd say

Can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
And I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

We were merely freshmen
We were only freshmen

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Donald Brown, Douglas Corella, Jeffrey Dunning, Brian Vander Ark

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Amber Hess

[*Lyrics*]

When I was young I knew everything
And she a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I'm guilt stricken,
Sobbing with my head on the floor
Stop a baby's breath and a shoe full of rice, no

I can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

My best friend took a week's
Vacation to forget her
His girl took a week's worth a
Valium and slept
Now he's guilt stricken sobbing with his
Head on the floor
Think about her now and how he never really
Wept he says

I can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

We've tried to wash our hands of all of this
We never talk of our lack in relationships
And how we're guilt stricken sobbing with our
Heads on the floor
We fell through the ice when we tried not to
Slip, we'd say

I can't be held responsible
'Cause she was touching her face
And I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

We were merely freshmen
We were only freshmen



Feniks Phoenix

In 2001, Brian Vander Ark explained what the song means to him:

"When I was young I knew everything" - We all think we know everything at a young age. I thought I did. I realize I didn't know sh*t until I was 36.

"And she, a Punk who rarely took advice" - How many people do we know like that?

"Now I'm guilt-stricken, sobbing, with my head on the floor" - Something happened that caused this reaction, but I wouldn't want to give that away this early in the song, so let's throw in an some ambiguity:

"Stop a baby's breath, and a shoe full of rice, no" - First of all, forget the NO. Stop a baby's breath is just that. Abort the baby. A shoe full of rice is a result of a wedding. So - stop a baby's breath AND then you stop a wedding. She's pregnant, get her to abort, and then there's no wedding. And you know what?

"I can't be held responsible, cause she was touching her face" - When I wrote this song, The Divinyls had a song out called 'I Touch Myself.' The TV was on, she was touching her face in the video. Very sexy. So, I can't be held responsible because she was trying to be sexy, trying to seduce me, etc.

"I won't be held responsible, she fell in love in the first place" - I didn't tell her to fall in love.

"For the life of me, I cannot remember what made us think that we were wise, and we'd never compromise" - What was I thinking back then? Who am I to put a girl though that? Why was I unable to compromise? Guilty feelings.

"For the life of me, I cannot believe we'd ever die for these sins, we were merely freshmen" - We were just kids, let it go, we all make mistakes, etc.

"My best friend took a week's vacation to forget her" - He needed to get away because of what happened.

"His girl took a week's worth of Valium and slept" - This is why this song is not that strong literally - it's confusing. HIS girl is MY girl. The same girl that had the abortion has now killed herself.

"Now he's guilt-stricken, sobbing with his head on the floor, thinks about her now and how he never really wept he says" - He has the same guilty feelings that I do about the abortion and death.

"We tried to wash our hands of all of this, we never talk of our lacking relationships" - We rarely spoke after the incident - we just tried to forget it. We never spoke of her or the fact that we can't have a decent relationship with anyone since then.

"We fell through the ice when we tried not to slip" - No matter how careful you might be, there are other perils out there.

The girl is real, the abortion is real. The death is not. It's poetic license to make the story more interesting.



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Mike B

In the 90's we couldnt wait to grow up... now we are older and in our 30's and 40's we just want those times back.

Glenn Garner

Yea for real i miss it good times and great times great memories

Mike B

@Twintaurean 520 We all have purpose (:

Twintaurean 520

@Mike B definitely recovering. I’m gonna be ok. Almost ready to get released back to work. Bout a week longer and I’ll be good 🥰 super blessed for sure I still have purpose

Mike B

@Twintaurean 520 Nooo! I hope you are recovering!! How are you feeling now?

Twintaurean 520

@Mike B don’t I know it. I had a heart attack a few weeks ago… at 39… smh. I fully understand the value of my youth. And now I also realize how valuable our health is as well. Now if I could just instill both into my kids at the same time I will have raised ones smarter than we were

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Rob C

Sitting here at work, 40 years old. reminiscing about my teens and early 20's. I personally think coming of age in the 90's was an experience unlike any other decade, and Im so glad i had the chance to live in a time when you could just disconnect and truly relax. 80's babies RULE!!!!!

mayflower551

Born in 82. So thankful to have seen the world before technology took over and before 9\11

mayflower551

@Jonathan Boswell ABSOLUTELY

mayflower551

@Foxy Boop Yasssss me too💖

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