"Twenty-One" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan and Noel Hogan....
When I was only 17 couldn't wait for twenty one
I'd hang around on Clayton St in the bars there getting drunk
A baseball cap and a fake I'd would get me in the clubs
Then I would dance with the college girls and lie about who I was
Well, I'm premed here at UGA
Live on Millage Avenue
I was raised over in Buckhead
I drive a BMW
I was breaking hearts
And taking names and numbers just for fun
Stealing kisses wishing I was twenty one

Well Thursdays came
And pocket change would quickly disappear
Upstairs at Lowry's Tavern
We'd pay a nickel for the beer
Shooting pool, smoking cigarettes
With a dizzy head and a grin
4 A.M. on a school night
Still hanging out with my friends
One hour sleep on a dirty coach
No shower off to school
Smelling just like a brewery
With a bad hangover too
The teachers all would hassle me
"Stay awake Pay Attention"
I was catching hell wishing I was twenty one

The youngest one of all my friends
I didn't act my age
Too cool for the football games and the homecoming parades
Now I look back and have to smile
Cause boy it was fun
Being seventeen wishing I was twenty one

Now I'm only twenty six
Feeling more like forty three
My hair lines disappearing
And I never get IDed
My clothes are out of fashion
No I'm not cool anymore
In the bed by ten o clock each night
And up at half past four
Still I go down
To that college town
When the Bulldogs play at home
I drink keg beer from a trash can
'Till the whole damn thing is gone
Then I look at all those college girls so innocent and young
I just check them out and say "Damn
I wish I was twenty one"

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"Twenty-One" as written by Noel Hogan Dolores Mary O'riordan

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    General CommentThis song kinda makes me sad. When he was 17 he kept wishing he was 21, and then he just wasted his years and now that he's 26, he wishes he was 21 again. This is one of my favorite songs.
    ifyouleaveon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.mostly cuz it's based in georgia and i know exactly where all the places he mentions are
    mckeep44on July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ifyouleave. When we're young, we want to be older. But when we get older, we just want to be young again. I can kinda relate lol
    southern05belleon September 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthaha yeah he wants to grow up fast to be 21 but he wants to stay 21
    CameronRTon October 11, 2010   Link

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