Driving on the lawn
Sleeping on the roof
Drinking all the alcohol
All the kids from school
Will be naked in the pool
While our parents are on Fire Island

Cranking up the tunes
'Til the windows break
Feeding chocolate to the dog
Jumping on the couch
'Til the feathers all come out
While our parents are on Fire Island

We're old enough by now
To take care of each other
We don't need no babysitter
We don't need no father or mother
We're old enough by now
Don't worry 'bout a thing
Don't you remember
Last December
When you went to Steamboat Springs?

Driving on the lawn
Sleeping on the roof
Drinking all the alcohol
All the kids from school
Will be naked in the pool
While our parents are on Fire Island



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    General CommentI feel like the narrator was pressured into having this party by his classmates, knowing his parents were away, hence the disinterest in the narrator's voice. At the same time, it seems like the narrator longs for the safety of his parent's rules and restrictions, despite having this freedom.

    Just my take. One of my favorite songs off of this album along with Hackensack, Valley Winter Song, Mexican Wine, and Hey Julie.
    luke32113on November 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGod, I can't believe no one's reviewed this song! It's one of the ultimate teenage anthems. I love FOW.
    SpineofaJellyFishon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey Spine i love this song to teen anthem hell yeah! I wanna have a party at their house!
    x13BlackKat13xon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis one's actually pretty sarachastic with it's tune. While the lyrics suggest wild, unsupervised partying, the character nararating the song sings with a leisurely tune, as though it's no big deal.
    ye-interpreteron September 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the parents of the kids being stranded on the island,so the kids party and cause trouble.
    beastieboyon December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of the beatles
    jay696on June 08, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionSome other comments have noted the contrast between the full-on party of the lyrics, and the gentle wistfulness of the melody. I think the reason lies in the fact that this is really a nostalgia song. The singer isn't actually the age of the narrator --he might even be closer to the age of the parents --but he's remembering back to the last time that absolute freedom seemed like a real possibility. It reminds me a bit of the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice," which similarly takes on the voice and perspective of a much younger narrator.

    I was struck by this thought when I recently saw a video of a live performance of this song, and the lead singer was silver-haired --"wow," I thought, "they really aren't teenagers anymore."

    Any way you slice it, however, this is just a great song. "We're old enough by now, to take care of each other...," what a great line. I never lived the unrestrained suburban adolescence myself, but at least through this song I do get to re-live it!
    kitobaon November 04, 2013   Link

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