Under 21
Save Ferris Lyrics


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The other night I tried to go to a show,
But the man at the door,
He told me no, he said,
"No one under 21 allowed."
But he must have been stupid 'cause I saw my friends in the crowd.
He said,
"You can't buy an alcoholic drink."
I said,
"We don't care what you really think."

Why is this happening to me?
And the show was for free.
It sucks to be,
Under 21.

Well I went on home
And got a plan that would work.
And I got myself a real short skirt
And id flirt my way right through that goddamn door
But once inside, the music was no more
I guess I got there just a bit too late,
I guess its just my luck,
It's just my fate.

Why is this happening to me?
And the show was for free,
It sucks to be,
Under 21.

I just want to have
A little fun,
But every time I try,




They tell me,
"You're not 21!"

Overall Meaning

The song "Under 21" by Save Ferris is an expression of the frustration and alienation experienced by young people who are barred from attending certain events due to age restrictions. In the first verse, the singer is denied entry to a show because she's not yet 21 years old, prompting her to question the arbitrary and unfair nature of the restriction. She questions the bouncer's authority and suggests that her exclusion is based on ignorance rather than any real concern for her well-being. She then vents her irritation at being treated like a child, opting for a defiant attitude rather than meek submission by stating that she and her friends don't care what he thinks.


In the second verse, the singer devises a plan to trick the bouncer by dressing in a provocative manner, hoping to use her sexuality to gain entry. However, once inside, she finds the music has been shut down and she missed out on the event she had been so eager to attend. The lyrics express the disappointment and disillusionment that comes with being a young person living in a world that often undervalues and marginalizes them.


Overall, the song provides a relatable and raw perspective on the challenges young people face in a society that constantly limits their freedom and agency, while also highlighting the resistance and resilience that can emerge from such situations.


Line by Line Meaning

The other night I tried to go to a show,
I recently attempted to attend a concert


But the man at the door,
The bouncer at the entrance


He told me no, he said,
He denied me entry and stated that


"No one under 21 allowed."
"No individuals who have not yet reached the legal age of 21 are permitted to enter."


But he must have been stupid 'cause I saw my friends in the crowd.
However, his refusal did not make sense since my underage friends were already present.


He said,
The bouncer proceeded to tell me


"You can't buy an alcoholic drink."
"It is not possible to purchase an alcoholic beverage if you are under 21 years old."


I said,
I rebutted,


"We don't care what you really think."
"We aren't concerned about your opinion concerning our ability to purchase alcohol."


Why is this happening to me?
I am wondering why this situation is occurring to me specifically.


And the show was for free.
Additionally, the performance did not charge admission.


It sucks to be,
It is unpleasant and undesirable


Under 21.
To be younger than 21 years old.


Well I went on home
So, I departed to my residence


And got a plan that would work.
I devised a new strategy that could potentially succeed.


And I got myself a real short skirt
This plan involved wearing a short skirt.


And id flirt my way right through that goddamn door
I would utilize flirtation as a means to gain entrance through the entrance.


But once inside, the music was no more
However, upon entering, the music had stopped playing.


I guess I got there just a bit too late,
It appears as though I had arrived slightly past the appropriate time.


I guess its just my luck,
This is simply an unfavorable outcome attributed to my misfortune.


It's just my fate.
It is an inevitable consequence of my actions or circumstances.


I just want to have
All I desire is to experience


A little fun,
A small amount of pleasure.


But every time I try,
But each attempt I make


They tell me,
Those who are guarding the event inform me


"You're not 21!"
"You are not of the legal age to participate in this event."




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