"The Kids Don't Get It" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
You said, "If I ask you a question,
Are you gonna lie to me?"
I said, "honey, is that your question?
'cause honey, that one's easy"
'cause half the truth is, just how much there is
The kids don't get it
No. The kids don't get it

I'm gonna be an expert stranger,
Better than the giant squid
I'm gonna leave the stranger experts
Scratching their heads, saying, "How'd he do it?!"
When half the truth is, just how hard it is
But the kids don't get it
No. The kids won't get it

I'll be the antlers and I'll be the elk
I'll be the right whale and I'll be parallel
The kids don't get it
That's right, kids don't get it

I'll feel more than human when the work's hitting home
I'll be aped by my ancestors. I'll state the plan as my own
I'll be gripping the city, I'll be hitting the town
You'll say. "I'd be hurt if you didn't, when I come around"
That's right, kids don't get it

I'll be as careless as you are certain.
I'll get outta my own way
I'll stop to cry into the curtains
And like the greats, before me, go on stage
And if half-true its, good enough for this
'Cause the kids don't get it
No. The kids don't get it
If I ask you a question,
Ya gonna lie to me?
Ah honey is that your question?
'Cause that one's easy

Kids don't get it
Just how hard it is
Kids don't get it
Just how much there is


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"The Kids Don't Get It" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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    General CommentAt first it appeared that Gordie is commenting on the fact that the most recent generations don't seem to really grip anything more than materialism as per the age ole' "what's the world coming to...kids just don't have any respect anymore?

    After a heated discussion with my mate's wife one night trying to defend the meaning of these lyrics against the claim of 'lofty middle age' arrogance', it occurred to me that Gordie is actually defending the new generation...

    In fact could he be suggesting that in the generation of political smokescreens and barefaced self serving lies that seems to be disseminated by our corrupt governments, and businessmen, that if you only hear 'half the truth', then our 'kids don't get it'

    What chance does a kid have when he/she has to rely on outright bullshit dressed up as 'gospel'?

    Then again, I was a kid once too, so....
    texsmirkon January 30, 2008   Link

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