"Jack And Diane" as written by and John Mellencamp....
A little ditty 'bout Jack & Diane
Two American kids growing up in the heart land
Jack he's gonna be a football star
Diane debutante in the back seat of Jacky's car
Suckin' on chilli dog outside the Tastee Freez
Diane sitting on Jacky's lap
Got his hands between her knees
Jack he says:
"Hey, Diane, let's run off behind a shady tree
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please"
Saying oh yeah
Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone
Sayin' oh yeah
Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone
Now walk on
Jack he sits back, collects his thoughts for a moment
Scratches his head, and does his best James Dean
Well, now then, there, Diane, we ought to run off to the city
Diane says:
"Baby, you ain't missing nothing"
But Jack he says:
"Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone"
Oh yeah
He says: "life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone"
Oh, let it rock, let it roll
Let the bible belt come and save my soul
Holdin' on to sixteen as long as you can
Change is coming 'round real soon
Make us woman and man
Oh yeah, life goes on
A little ditty 'bout Jack and Diane
Two American kids doin' the best they can


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"Jack and Diane" as written by John Mellencamp

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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
  • +3
    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
  • +2
    General Commenthe summarizes the song in the last verse:

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

    he's talking about kids growing up and realizing that the boring stuff they do daily is what they miss when they grow up. they realized that even if they find no joy or whatnot in it, life goes on, whether you're ready or not.
    sapphireskieson August 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was inspired by the film 'Splendor in the Grass' (1961) starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Brilliant story... heartbreaking.
    moviefan1899on April 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe movie "A Splendor in the Grass" is what this song is based off of.
    happybirthdayon July 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMellencamp was interviewed by Charlie Rose and said that this song is about an interracial relationship between a black high school boy and a white girl, as Mellencamp himself has at least one black ancestor (great-grandfather?) He said his record company persuaded him to omit all racial references in the lyrics and the video to avoid controversy and white backlash, which there definitely would have been, especially back in '82. You can see that interview on youtube, from 2014 I think.
    Edwardo2on January 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, I loved this song when I was little... The video with the old school pictures and the white hands clapping the beat... This song is still great
    vtmatton June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the song, but i don't quite get what it means. yeah, i like the hands clapping in it too
    JessieLynnon June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive always loved this song, my dad used to listen to it. im not exactly sure what it means either tho.
    alternativeaddict06on July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it*s about treasuring when you*re young b/c one day you will grow up and wish you did more when you were young. and that you should hang on to your relationships when you are young.
    xxXGetaCluexxXon August 01, 2002   Link

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