Some say that we're reckless
They say we're much too young
Tell us to stop before we've begun
We've got to hold out till graduation
Try to hang on Maxine

While the world is sleeping
We meet at Lincoln Mall
Talk about life the meaning of it all
Try to make sense of the suburban sprawl
Try to hang on Maxine

Mexico City is like another world
Nice this year they say
You'll be my senorita
In jeans and pearls
But first let's get off this highway

We'll move up to Manhattan
And fill the place with friends
Drive to the coast and drive right back again
One day we'll wake up, make love but 'til then
Try to hang on Maxine



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    General CommentI suppouse it's about a couple planning their fantastic future full of happiness while they try to last till graduation.

    Love the song, the piano-intro, the lyrics, the general fagen (steely dan)-soud. I just miss a bit of variation in the drumbeat... gets a bit monotone and boring. But exept from that... splendid
    mik91on September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of my high school crush with a teacher. I always wanted him to wisk me away to Mexico City after graduation.
    kamakiriadon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit remindes me of my BFF chloe, my BF robert and all my Fs!!!!!
    wee yinon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHigh School sweethearts... parked somewhere and making plans for the future...wish life was as real as this song...
    underbanyantreeson March 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo, as usual, it comes down to my stupid romanticism. You get the feeling reading Shakespeare and watching Cary Grant and Errol Flynn movies that women love classic romantic ideas and times... but seriously, they don't. As a rule. There are always exceptions, but in my experience, women want to hang with sensitive guys to help them feel better about themselves... but when it comes to sex, they want the dumb guys that are better equipped just to satisfy them. But somehow they want to find the one guy in the world who's both, so they end up being disappointed and trying to change all the guys they *think* they want to be with. Hey, wake up! Find some guy you like, just 'cause he is who he is! And go with it, Der.

    But I digress. I get choked up from this song because it is very close to the story of a girl whom I really, REALLY, liked... but the timing was as bad as bad can be.

    What's funny is, her name is very close to "Maxine", and we actually did meet in Lincoln Hall. Not to discuss the sub-urb-an sprawl (which is my favorite phrasing from the song BTW), but to see a show.
    chicagoanon February 23, 2016   Link

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