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The Offspring

The Kids Aren't Alright

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playWhen we were young, the future was so bright
playThe old neighborhood was so alive
playAnd every kid on the whole damn street
playWas gonna make it big and not be beat

playNow the neighborhood's cracked and torn
playThe kids are grown up, but their lives are worn
playHow can one little street
playSwallow so many lives

playChances thrown
playNothing's free
playLonging for what used to be
playStill it's hard
playHard to see
playFragile lives, shattered dreams

playJamie had a chance, well she really did
playInstead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
playMark still lives at home, 'cause he's got no job
playHe just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot

playO.J. committed suicide
playBrandon od'd and died
playWhat the hell is going on?
playThe cruelest dream, reality

playChances thrown
playNothing's free
playLonging for what used to be
playStill it's hard
playHard to see
playFragile lives, shattered dreams

playChances thrown
playNothing's free
playLonging for what used to be
playStill it's hard
playHard to see
playFragile lives, shattered dreams

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meaningMeaning

This was inspired by a nostalgic trip lead singer Dexter Holland took to his old neighborhood, Garden Grove in Orange County, California. Many people he knew had met tragedy (i.e., car accidents, nervous breakdowns, etc.).

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drop out

reject convention, leave (school)

  1. She dropped out of school, pregnant, at 14

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