"A Different World" as written by and Hanson/martin/nesler....
We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead based paint
No child proof lids, no seat belts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets and still here we are, still here we are

We got daddy's belt when we misbehaved
Had three TV channels you got up to change
No video games and no satellite
All we had were friends and they were outside, playin' outside

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

School always started the same every day
The pledge of allegiance then someone would pray
Not every kid made the team when they tried
We got disappointed and that was all right, we turned out all right

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

No bottled water, we drank from a garden hose
And every Sunday, all the stores were closed

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world
It was a different world


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"A Different World" as written by Jennifer Hanson Tony Martin

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    General Commentit's pretty obvious what this song means. the world back years ago was so different. It's wasn't just a different time/year, it was an entirely different world.
    octanerockson June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's pretty obvious. I hate to admit it (because I don't listen to "country" on the radio, I prefer metal, alt-country, or classic-country) but I love this song. For a long time I would hear it on the radio out in the shop that the mechanics listen to, and I thought it sounded just like Shenandoah, and kept thinking "How in the hell have I never heard this song before?" Then I see the video and it's this kid who doesn't look old enough to buy cigarettes (not that I'm some old timer, I'm only 26).

    It's a great tune though. This is just a common viewpoint that most folks (especially us Southerners) have known to be true for a long time. The Lee Greenwood song "Thirty Years Ago" is another good one and is very similar to this.

    I've always said that whenever I do have kids, they'll grow up the way I did...in the summer time we were locked out of our house, we weren't allowed to sit around and play Nintendo all day or goof off on the computer...if we got thirsty we drank from the hose. We played and got dirty like kids should do. My kids also won't be watching any Pokemon or Spongebob or any weird crap like that lol. I'll have the Loony Toons, The Flintstones, and G.I. Joe on DVD if they want to watch cartoons. Anyways, I'll wrap this up, starting to sound like an old fuddy duddy.
    Muck Manon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song annoys the CRAP out of me. I couldn't stand him on American Idol, I don't think he's got enough talent to be out there making records.

    But anywho, he's 29 years old. Woop-dee-freakin-do. So he grew up in the 80s, how was that "SO MUCH DIFFERENT" that today? Yeah, given kids nowadays have cell phones and iPods, but I grew up in the 80s too, and there was no prayer in school, Nintendo had just come out, and MTV was the talk of the town. Now c'mon...

    Well, I guess this is once again just a perfect example of how hardly anyone writes their own songs anymore.

    Sad.
    boartsmon June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis one makes me really nostalgic for my childhood, although not all the things in it are true for my generation. But I like it, my cousin used this for his graduation slideshow this year!
    rockerpoeton July 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentboartsm in reply to your comment, in Canada we did have prayer in school. I remember singing the national anthem then it was followed by a prayer. Everything in this song I remember. My parents would never see me during the summer. I was gone, with my friends playing outside. Me and my brother were discussing this song and the line about not everyone making the team was true, I was cut from a couple teams in my life. Also getting daddy's belt we laugh at cuz its all true. I guess this song rings more true to some people than others. Sure nintendo just came out but we weren't allowed to play it for 5 hours straight. Anyways enjoy the song its awesome!
    charlagon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentboartsm in reply to your comment, in Canada we did have prayer in school. I remember singing the national anthem then it was followed by a prayer. Everything in this song I remember. My parents would never see me during the summer. I was gone, with my friends playing outside. Me and my brother were discussing this song and the line about not everyone making the team was true, I was cut from a couple teams in my life. Also getting daddy's belt we laugh at cuz its all true. I guess this song rings more true to some people than others. Sure nintendo just came out but we weren't allowed to play it for 5 hours straight. Anyways enjoy the song its awesome!
    charlagon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song. He was awesome on American Idol and he's still awesome without American Idol.
    Future_Country_Staron May 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentboartsm , you dumb hick, it's not about the 80's, or anything else. I'm glad a hard working singer who's now a millionaire bothers you. It's about how JACKED up the world is now. How he remembers times being somewhat respectful.

    I was raised in the 90's and remember times being different.

    It was a different life when we were boys and girls...meaning everything seemed so different and innocent.

    People weren't as crazy as they are today, and you didn't have these "Oh you hit your kid, time to go to jail"

    And you will see even 10 years ago, children had friends, and not Myspace and video games.

    "A different world"


    Go hide under your rock now.
    Curiousmindon June 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the main element to this song is that even though a lot of the conveniences/social standards we have today didn't exist back in the day, children from that generation still grew up, and went on to lead happy lives. In ways, the simplicity of life back then was beneficial. The world has changed a whole lot, for the good in some ways, but in other ways I think that life back a couple of decades ago taught people about character, something that seems to be lost in today's society.
    rockerpoeton November 29, 2008   Link

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