Childhood Songs Turned Out Too Real
Claire Miles - March 14, 2018


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

As kids we fall in love with songs and musicians alike, but we usually don’t really think about the lyrics themselves. Even if we’ve memorized every word of the song, we sure as heck didn’t think that they would have such a different meaning for us later on life.

What’s My Age Again?

by Blink 182

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Nothing quite like a song that makes you doubt your entire twenties.  If nobody likes you when you’re 23, then they sure as heck don’t like you at 27 either.

All Star

by Smash Mouth

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Hey now, you work retail, put those tags on. Too bad most of us grew up to be famous. Yet another song that created disappointment.

Closing Time

by Semisonic

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Who needs a song to remind them that the bar will stop serving alcohol? Such a buzz kill.


by The Goo Goo Dolls

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Remember that time when you told your friend you’re gonna learn how to play this song on the guitar in front of all the pretty girls? Well as it probably turned out, you’ve been doing it alone at your friend’s weddings.

I Want It That Way

by the Backstreet Boys

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There’s absolutely no denying that the Backstreet Boys were your favorite in the late ’90s. Back then you could easily get away with telling your parents that you want it that way. But now that you’ve grown up, the only time you’ll hear this phrase is at BurgerKing when you order their double cheeseburger.