Little ditty bout jack and diane
Two American kids growin up in the heartland
Jacky's gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jacky's car

Suckin' on chili dogs outside the tastee freeze
Diane's sittin' on Jacky's lap
He's got his hand between her knees
Jacky say Hey Diane lets run off
Behind a shady tree
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please.
And Jacky Say

Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone
Oh yeah say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone, they walk on

Jacky sits back reflects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head and does his best james dean.
Well you know diane, we oughtta run of the city
Diane says Baby, you aint missin' no-thing
Jacky say a

Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone
Oh yeay say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone

Gonna let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come down
And Save My soul
Hold on to 16 as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone
Oh yeay say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone

Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two american kids doing the best they can


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    General CommentI do not think you guys really get what this song is about. It is about two young teens that are sexually active. She gets pregnant and has to "run to the city" to get an abortion. That is why she tells Jacky that he is not missing anything. When he says the thrill of living is gone, he means that they were wild and carefree, but then she got pregnant and everything changed. The thrill of living is gone, because this changed their life and the way they think. They realize they are not invincible, like most teens think they are. When he says hold on to 16 as long as you can, he is saying keep your innocence, and do not grow up too quickly, because life is hard. He is not saying life is over after 20; he is just saying that being young and innocent is fleeting, so enjoy it while you can and do not screw it up. Some of the words are wrong too. It is suppiose to say Diane and her old man have to run off to the city and it is supposed to say Jacky sits back and collects (not reflects) his thoughts for a moment.

    Well... that is my view on the song at least. I have always loved this song.
    tammit1971on January 11, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationLittle ditty about Jack and Diane = Story about Jack and Diane
    Two American kids growin up in the heartland = Self explanatory
    Jackies gonna be a football star = Dreams of being a football player
    Diane debutante backseat of Jackies car = She becomes a woman in the backseat of his car
    Suckin on chilli dogs outside the tastee freeze = Kids just chillin'
    Diane sittin on Jackies lap = Self explanatory
    Hes got his hands between her knees = Messin' around
    Jackie say, "Hey Diane lets run off
    Behind a shady tree = Lets goe somewhere more private and finish fooling around
    Dribble off those Bobby Brooks = Take those cloths off (Bobby Brooks popular in 70's and 80's)
    Let me do what I please" = Let me go all the way
    And Jackie say a

    CHORUS:
    Oh yeah life goes on = Self explanatory
    Long after the thrill of livin is gone = She gets pregnant and they have a quick shock to adulthood
    Oh yeah life goes on = Self explanatory
    Long after the thrill of livin is gone They walk on = Even though they screwed up "they walk on"

    Jackie sits back reflects his thoughts for a moment = Thinking about his life
    Scratches his head and does his best James Dean = (Actor: Rebel Without a Cause) Trying to look tough and grown up
    Well you know Diane we oughtta run of the city = Grow up and get jobs take on responsibility
    Diane says, "Baby you aint miss no-thing" = She calms him in stating that life goes on no hurry
    Jackie say a


    CHORUS:
    Oh yeah life goes on
    Long after the thrill of livin is gone
    Oh yeah life goes on
    Long after the thrill of livin is gone

    Gonna let it rock
    Let it roll = Lets see where life takes us
    Let the bible belt come down
    And save my soul = They know what they did was wrong
    Hold on to 16 as lang as you can
    Changes comin round real soon
    Make us women and men = Stay kids without kids; life already comes at you fast enough

    Little ditty about Jack and Diane = Finishing up the story
    Two American kids doin the best they can = Had a kid and mow have to deal with it
    SniperFoxon February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE this song!!!!
    Its so great!!!

    Hold on to 16 as long as you can
    Changes come around real soon
    Make us women and men

    Its about having a good time when your a kid and enjoying it as much as you can. Whe n you get older you have so many things that you have to do and its not as much fun anymore.
    starrynite07on January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment******When********;)
    starrynite07on January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a brillaint "Carpe Diem"poem on the same level of brilliance as Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress" It's about seizing the day.
    KurdtTBOon February 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti totally have to agree with that, i've loved this song since i was a kid but i never really understood what it meant it wasn't even till a few years ago that i realize it had to have a really bad meaning hence the 'life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone' i took it as even after the fun is over and everything sucks u cant do anything u still have to live ur life, but now that u explain it that way i totally see the pregnacy thing, love this song, but it is really sad
    urmyhero/heroineon May 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttammit1971 is wrong. Don't read it it'll ruin it for you, and there's nothing about her old man in there... it's oughtta.
    justonseon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of songs are very ambiguous, and so are we. So we don't all interpret it similarly. It could mean something totally different to what you think it means. So don't be so mightier-than-thou about your opinion; you can just as easily input your thoughts without sounding like it's the only correct answer.
    ThatKilledMeon August 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty sure this song isn't about pregnancy. I think the 'run off the city' part is just, like, we should run away together. And Diane is saying that life out there can't be all it's cracked up to be.
    This song always makes me really emotional for some reason.
    sheherezadeon November 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great song. :)
    I didn't grow up in the time period, but it still seems oddly nostalgic for me.
    I think that's what the song is mostly about. Enjoying that time before it goes and becomes nostalgia, I guess.
    SimpleFaithon November 29, 2008   Link

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