"Kids In America" as written by Charles Burchill, Derek Forbes, James Kerr and Michael Joseph Macneil....
Looking out a dirty old window
Down below the cars in the city go rushing by
I sit here alone and I wonder why

Friday night and everyone's moving
I can feel the heat but it's soothing, heading down
I search for the beat in this dirty town (downtown)

The young ones are going
(Downtown) the young ones are growing
We're the kids in America (whoa)
We're the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody live for the music-go-round

Bright lights, the music gets faster
Look, boy, don't check on your watch, not another glance
I'm not leaving now, honey, not a chance

Hot-shot, give me no problems
Much later, baby, you'll be saying nevermind
You know life is cruel, life is never kind (kind hearts)

Don't make a new story
(Kind hearts) don't grab any glory
We're the kids in America (whoa)
We're the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody live for the music-go-round

La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la, sing!
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la

Come closer, honey, that's better
Got to get a brand-new experience, feeling right
Oh, don't try to stop, baby, hold me tight

Outside a new day is dawning
Outside suburbia's sprawling everywhere
I don't want to go, baby

New York to east California
There's a new wave coming, I warn ya
We're the kids in America (whoa)
We're the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody lives for the music-go-round

La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la, sing!
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la

We're the kids
We're the kids
We're the kids in America
We're the kids
We're the kids
We're the kids in America
We're the kids
We're the kids
We're the kids in America


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"Kids in America" as written by Ricky Wilde Marty Wilde

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    General CommentThis song gives me shivers up my spine. Considering how much music I listen to, there aren't many song that do that to me.
    Foxwingon September 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is an interesting song. I first heard it on GTA Vice City. It mentions that she is from a British Band. I looked her up and she is the child of Marty Wilde. Who was a pop singer during (I guess from the sound of his music) the 50s.

    He is also the one who wrote the song.

    There are 2 meanings I can get out of this song. Either it is that A) She is singing about how the kids in America drive the Music industry because of American obsession with Music. Many bands won't even except they made it till they made it to America.

    The second meaning is that when she started becoming big in America or possibly touring it she felt like she was a "Kid" to this new land.

    Either way I find a catchy song. And even though it is full blown Pop I find there is actual thought put into it than just some Brittany Spears factory produced songs.
    smittie1984on January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNew Wave baby! :)
    Thia007on November 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKinda Strange, I loved this song on Vice City..come to find the lyrics and the only Post mentions that lol..
    Tandleon June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe mix between the youthful energy of Ricki Wilde and the experience of Marty Wilde came up with some of the best songs of the early 80s.
    Musiklovaon April 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis New Wave stuff was a great kick of energy that helped launch the 80s, the greatest decade of Rock ever. The song recognizes the difficulties of adolescence, struggling with life, both physically and philosophically. Like a typically tough young punk rocker, she is ready for the challenge, she is tough, and she warns the world to get ready for them.
    eeeeeeekon June 19, 2012   Link

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