"The Six Teens" as written by Michael Donald Chapman and Nicholas Barry Chinn....
Where were you in sixty-eight
In sixty-eight Julie was Johnnie's date
Two kids growin' together
Livin' each day as if time was slippin' away
Oh, they were just sixteen
And their love a teenage dream
They passed the time, they crossed the line
The line that ran between
Julie and Johnnie now you've made it

But life goes on, you know it ain't easy
You've just gotta be strong
If you're one of the sixteens
And life goes on, you know, you know it ain't easy
You know you'll never go wrong
'Cause you're all part of the sixteens

Suzie and Davey got to make the big time
Maybe they can put it all together
In a show that lasts forever
Oh they would walk the strip at nights
And dream they saw their name in lights
On Desolation boulevard
They'll light the faded light
Suzie and Davey you can make it

But life goes on, you know it ain't easy
You've just gotta be strong
If you're one of the sixteens
And life goes on, you know, you know it ain't easy
You know you'll never go wrong
'Cause you're all part of the sixteens

So where were you in sixty-eight
When Bobby and Billy thought
That sixty eight was out of date
They took the flowers from their hair
And tried to make us all aware
Too bad, too late
So they lived from day to day
And tried to do it all their way
But sixty-eight was sixty-eight
No matter what they say
Bobby and Billy maybe you'll make it one day

But life goes on, you know it ain't easy
You've just gotta be strong
If you're one of the sixteens
And life goes on, you know, you know it ain't easy
You know you'll never go wrong
'Cause you're all part of the sixteens


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"The Six Teens" as written by Nicholas Barry Chinn Michael Donald Chapman

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    General CommentThe song is often regarded as the best track written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman for The Sweet. it deals with six teenagers who had to deal with the change from the idyllic and idealistic 1960's to the more confronting 1970's.
    hongkongmickon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow come there aren't more comments? This song is great and probably is their best though "Ballroom Blitz" is a classic.
    FloydFanon November 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song by Sweet. I always have to sing along with it whenever I hear it.

    On another note, isn't the correct name for the band "Sweet?" I could have sworn that they were only called The Sweet on one album by mistake, or something to that effect.
    excalibur2on February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAh, never mind, my mistake...it seems they were referred to as The Sweet on albums before 1974 and singles before 1975.

    In any case, I'm still calling them Sweet, since that's what their name last was.
    excalibur2on February 16, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningAbout lost innocence and hard lessons. Very much the essence of Sweet and Glam Rock itself which was a musical form that seemed to be all about excess and richness but came about during a time of great economic hardship. The excess was then as much a cry of despair as celebration. Hence the album's name "Desolation Boulevard."
    Smokleron December 07, 2009   Link

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