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

Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."

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.


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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.