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The Offspring

The Kids Aren't Alright

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play When we were young, the future was so  
play The old   was so alive
play And every kid on the whole   street
play Was gonna make it big and not be  

play Now the neighborhood's cracked and  
play The kids are   up, but their lives are worn
play How can one   street
play Swallow so many lives

play Chances thrown
play Nothing's free
play Longing for what used to be
play Still it's hard
play Hard to see
play Fragile lives,   dreams

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

play O.J. committed  
play Brandon od'd and  
play What the hell is going on?
play The   dream, reality

play Chances thrown
play Nothing's free
play Longing for what used to be
play Still it's hard
play Hard to see
play Fragile lives, shattered dreams

play Chances thrown
play Nothing's free
play Longing for what used to be
play Still it's hard
play Hard to see
play Fragile lives, shattered dreams

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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