"Youth Of Today" as written by and Amy Elizabeth Macdonald....
Maybe if you were some spearheaded guy
I would listen to what you have to say
But you're just some incapable figure
Thinking you're bigger than me, but you're not
Yet you don't know a thing about the youth of today
Stating your opinion making it ring in my head all day

And you say,
"My children weren't the same"
"My children's children they're the ones to blame"
And you say,
"In my day we were better behaved"
But it's not your day no more

And we are the youth of today
Change our hair in every way
And we are the youth of today
We'll say what we wanna say
And we are the youth of today
Don't care what you have to say at all

And maybe if you had a true point of view
I would listen to you
But it's just your one sided feelings
They keep getting in my way
And you don't know a single thing about the youth of today
Stating your opinion making it ring in my head all day

And you say,
"My children weren't the same"
"My children's children they're the ones to blame"
And you say,
"In my day we were better behaved"
But it's not your day no more

And we are the youth of today
Change our hair in every way
And we are the youth of today
We'll say what we wanna say
And we are the youth of today
Don't care what you have to say at all

And you say,
"My children weren't the same"
"My children's children they're the ones to blame"
And you say,
"In my day we were better behaved"
But it's not your day no more

And we are the youth of today
Change our hair in every way
And we are the youth of today
We'll say what we wanna say
And we are the youth of today
Don't care what you have to say at all


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"Youth of Today" as written by Amy Elizabeth Macdonald

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    General CommentI get the there may be a specific person in mind when she sings this song. That's what it sounds like to me.
    Anyway, the song is startng to mean a lot to me, not about older people per se, just about people critisizing me for things they don't understand.
    Sanarethon December 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think she wrote this song when she was 15. Its not that hard to figure out what its about, its about the P generation against the F2 generation. The older generation get on to the younger generation even tho they dont know what it is like to grow up nowadays. Amy is saying that their time is past and its time for the Youth of Today.
    The Poison Princeon December 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song with very interesting viewpoint lyrics. Ironically in one song Amy MacDonald actually points out one of the major flaws of the youth of today. "Don't care what you have to say at all. ". The biggest problem with modern youth, at least in the UK, is that they do exactly what they want and don't care about any of the consequences.
    Stingfanon April 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song ... and Stingfan is apparently not from the youth of today . I think this is sent out to you "And maybe if you had a true point of view I would listen to you,
    But its just your one sided opinions getting in my way,
    And you dont no a single thing about the youth of today. "
    anyway awesome song
    vivalavidaon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentvivalavida, I think that's a bit of conclusion-jumping there. I'm part of the youth of today, but I still agree with Stingfan. However, most of the song is anti-older generation, so to speak.

    Also, I think in this context, "don't care what you have to say at all" kind of makes sense, after what is apparently being said to "the youth of today".
    Whatsifsowhatsiton October 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is about all people from older generations- just against those people who refuse to see and accept any other POV than their own. How can one accept that?

    As Amy demonstrates herself- not everything the youth of today does is bad, and I think she wants older generations to stop bitching about all the young people without exception.
    collaroyon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song, although catchy, is a little arrogant, shortsighted and hypocritical. First off, she sets up a straw man argument that amounts to a vague caricature of her opponents. She seems to imply that the people represented in lines such as this;
    "And you say,
    My children weren't the same,
    My children's children they're the ones to blame,"
    are her prime political opponents, which is arguable and seems really to beat the rotting horse carcass that is youthful rebellion even when there are no more realistic oppressors to rebel against (save maybe gay rights opponents, but I don't think that's what Macdonald is alluding to).
    She also speaks as though she is dealing with someone whose views are essentially untrue or wrong, without addressing the same potential problems in her point of view;
    "And maybe if you had a true point of view I would listen to you,
    But its just your one sided opinions getting in my way,"
    What makes her point of view any more valid or "true" other than by virtue of it being hers? Why should the opposition, who is, obviously, opposed to her views, regard her opinions?
    She is giving as little thought and attention to the opposition's point of view as they allegedly are to hers, so why should she expect any more from them? If she is upset over the stubbornness and intolerance of these alleged "older people" then why is she responding by being stubborn, arrogant and dismissive? This kind of mistake makes the song seem as if its intents are more masturbatory than argumentative or thought provoking. If Bill O'Reilly were ever to hear this song, he would laugh. If Karl Rove were ever to hear this song, he would laugh. Macdonald frames the situation egocentrically, which makes it hard to take seriously. She assumes that her opinions are the ONLY "right" or "correct" ones and in the end represents a potentially realistic conflict through the one-way mirror lenses of an arrogant, ignorant teenager.
    Having said that, I like this song.
    Duncan2000on March 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI dont think it's about old people in general, just about the "everything was better when i was your age" crowd.
    The saddest thing, a large part of the "youth of today" will be just like that in 60 or 70 Years :(
    Salazaron May 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song was one of the first songs Amy wrote. I think it's about how she feel. When she talks about what her granparents generation are saying 'In my day we were better behaved'. but like she says we are a diffrent generation to then. Things have changed so we have had to change. Its survival of the fittest being a teenager these days.

    By saying 'My children's children they're the ones to blame' there saying that we have done something that needs someone to blame. We can use WW1 as an example. Germany had to take war guily even though they didn't technicaly start the war, but its someone to blame so they are taking they are doing so because they new that they couldn't do anything to stop it. And thats exactly how we feel. The youth are being blamed and we feel like germany did but were standing up for ourselves. we are not going to be blamed for something we didn't do.

    Did anyone ever think to stop and think WHO RAISED THE YOU, TO MAKE THEM WHAT THEY ARE TODAY??? x
    Rawlings95on July 05, 2010   Link

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