Posted by: Rob | January 29, 2009

Song Lyric Thursday – Teenage Lament ’74

Nostalgia time. I’ve been reviewing my vinyl record collection and bringing select bits into the digital age.

A recent convert to digital is Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits, which includes this old ballad. Just kick back and let the waves of yesteryear and the memories of better days just wash over you.

Alice Cooper
Teenage Lament ’74

What a drag it is
These golden made jeans
Is this the coolest way
To get through your teens
Well, I cut my hair weird
I read that it was in
I looked like a rooster
That was drowned and raised again

What are you gonna do
I tell you what I’m gonna do
Why don’t you get away
I’m gonna leave today

I ran into my room
And I fell down on my knees
Well, I thought that fifteen
Was gonna be a breeze
I picked up my guitar
To blast away the clouds
But somebody in the next room yelled
“You gotta turn that
damn thing down!”

What are you gonna do
I tell you what I’m gonna do
Why don’t you get away
Well, I’m gonna cry all day

And I know trouble
Is brewin’ out there
But I can hardly care
They fight all night
About his private secretary
Lipstick stain, blonde hair

What are you gonna do
I tell you what I’m gonna do
Why don’t you run away
I’m gonna leave today

But even I
Don’t know what I’m gonna do
Don’t know what I’m gonna do

What are you gonna do
I tell you what I’m gonna do
Why don’t you run away
Well, I’m gonna leave today
What are you gonna do
I tell you what I’m gonna do
Why don’t you get away
Well, I’d rather cry all day

What are you gonna do,
gonna do, gonna do…

Amazingly (or not so) there’s a clip of this tune on youtube, if you so choose to listen to this nostalgic recording:

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Responses

  1. You should be glad you got that song off of “Greatest Hits” and not “Muscle of Love.” He did a duet with Liza Minnelli on that album, for Christ’s sake! That’s when I bailed out on Alice.

  2. The Coop is great, man!

  3. This really brings back memories of my later high school years. “I’m Eighteen” came out when I was 17, “Schools Out” was popular my senior year, so my “coming of age” years are really connected to his music. Good song! 🙂


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