"When You're Young" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Life is timeless, days are long when you're young
You used to fall in love with everyone
Any guitar and any bass drum
Life is a drink and you get drunk when you're young
Life is new and there's things to be done
You can't wait to be grown up
Acceptance into the capital world
You pull on some weed, then you pull on someone when you're young

But you find out life isn't like that
It's so hard to comprehend
Why you set up your dreams to have them smashed in the end

But you don't mind you've got time on your side
And they're never gonna make you stand in line
You're just waiting for the right time

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
You're fearless and brave, you can't be stopped when you're young
You swear you're never-ever gonna work for someone
No corporations for the new-age sons
Tears of rage roll down your face
But still you say it's fun

And you find out life isn't like that
It's so hard to understand
Why the world is your oyster but your future's a clam

It's got you in its grip before you're born
It's done with the use of a dice and a board
They let you think you're king but you're really a pawn

Whoa-oh, whoa-oa
Whoa-oh

You're fearless and brave, you can't be stopped when you're young
You used to fall in love with everyone
Any guitar and any bass drum
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh (going home, going home)
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh (going home, going home)
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh (going home, going home)
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh (going home, going home)
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh (going home, going home)
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh...


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"When You're Young" as written by Paul John Weller

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  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Rated the top songs about teenage years.
    Flinchy17on April 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is my life.
    inafutureageon December 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe story of many peoples' lives.

    I can realete to this now, being at that stage in my life... you can't wait to be grown up, it looks all rosy to get to where you want when you enter the adult world proper, but those dreams don't always work out,a nd you're just in thae 9-5 drudgery and suddenly overwhelmed with responsibility.
    SmithersJones87on April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably the best song ever.
    FRYEGUYon March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does this mean, please? ""Pull on some weed and you pull on someone"
    banishedhearton February 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI'm listening to the deluxe version of Setting Sons right now and this single is featured on there - the lyrics and song are just top notch, I can't believe this was Paul writing when he was barely 21. Especially love the song bridge around 2:15
    kexpseattleon September 12, 2016   Link

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