"Four Years" as written by and Jonathan Michael Mclaughlin....
They tore my high school to the ground and
Put a new wing in the east lot
On my old parking spot
It stands reminding me of how
I wish that I could travel back in time
Change my state of mind

So if you're still in your teens listen to me

It's hard to see beyond these walls
Of who (who) and who not to be
Socially
Maybe you're in you're out
But in the end when all your hats are in the air
Nobody's gonna care

So fair the weight
Freshmen hold on
It's only four years long
Then it's gone
And the queen of the nerds and the king of the prom get a job
Look at them now
She's living her dreams while he sleeps with his crown
So be cool, be hot, be weird
It's just four years

Next time you're walking through your school
Take at who's surrounding you
Or hounding you
Cause it's all just castles in the sand
When your tassel's on the left side of your head
You're never going back

So hope
It's only four years long
Then it's gone
And the king of the nerds and the queen of the prom get a job
What did you know?
He's a CEO and she answers his phone
So be cool, be hot, be weird
It's just four years

And as for your grades I know they're important
Everyone wants to be a wiz
Cause all of it goes on permanent transcripts
I just don't know where mine is

So fair the weight
Freshmen hold on cause every homecoming court moves on
It's only four years long
Then it's gone
And the queen of the nerds and the king of the prom get a job
Look at them now
She's living her dreams while he sleeps with his crown
So be cool, be hot, be weird oh
So be hot, be wild, you're here oh
Be cool, be hot, be weird
It's just four years


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"Four Years" as written by Jonathan Michael Mclaughlin

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    General CommentIt's pretty much a given. I'm guessing he's at a reunion in the beginning and while looking back at his days, he wants to give advice to the teens of now. Saying that you should just be yourself because "it's only 4 years long" and all of the labels will be nothing when you graduate.
    hellohihion January 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this could mean two things. one, i think it could mean that theres only four years, the best years of your life, so you may as well be who you are. "be cool, be hot, be weird". Or, two, it could mean in the end after four years everything can turn around, and one person may be popular and another a nerd, but after four years shes working as a CEO or manager, while hes sleeping with his crown, or holding onto his past because his current life and high school life are different..he was the popular guy who had the world at his feet, and she was the nerd who knew what she wanted. I like my first theory the best.
    alh2012on November 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm, I've seen two different versions of these lyrics.
    One version says "featherweight freshmen" instead of "fair the weight freshmen."
    It also says "be hard", not "be hot." (As in, "work hard," I guess?

    Neither version really makes sense...lol...so I'm not sure what the real lyrics are.

    But basically this song is saying that high school is only 4 years long, so you should just be yourself and not try to be the "prom queen" or whatever other people want you to be.
    sonicemion January 26, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningi saw a comment on a youtube video of this song from someone that went to the same high school that he graduated from and he/she said the song is about the high school he attended which is somewhere in indiana i think but its cool seeing someone write a song about there hometown/highschool like that i like it
    hooper3122on August 29, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThey tore my high school to the ground
    And put a new wing in the east lot
    On my old parking spot
    It stands reminding me of how
    I wish that I could travel back in time
    And change my state of mind
    So if you're still in your teens, listen to me

    It's hard to see beyond these walls
    Of who you hope and who hope not to be, socially
    Maybe you're in or you're out
    But in the end when all your hats are in the air
    Nobody's gonna care

    So feather-weight freshmen hold on
    It's only four years long
    Then it's gone
    And the queen of the nerds
    And the king of the prom get a job
    Look at them now
    She's living her dreams, while he sleeps with his crown
    So be cool, be hard, be weird
    It's just four years

    Next time you're walking through your school
    Take at who's surrounding you or hounding you
    Cause it's all just castles in the sand
    When your tassle's on the left side of your hat
    You're never going back

    So homecoming court vote on
    It's only four years long
    Then it's gone
    And the king of the nerds
    And the queen of the prom get a job
    And wouldn't you know?
    He's a CEO and she answers his phone
    So be cool, be hard, be weird
    It's just four years

    And as for your grades, I know they're important
    Everyone wants to be a wiz
    Cause all of it goes on permanent transcripts
    I just don't know where mine is

    So feather-weight freshmen hold on
    Cause every homecoming court moves on
    It's only four years long
    Then it's gone
    And the queen of the nerds
    And the king of the prom get a job
    Look at them now
    She's living her dreams while he sleeps with his crown
    So be cool, be hard, be weird oh
    So be hard, be wild, you're here oh
    Be cool, be hard, be weird
    It's just four years
    Just four years

    (These lyrics are from the CD booklet, so they ARE accurate)
    PuzzleIAmon November 01, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionGrrr, I made one typo: "Of who you hope and who hope not to be, socially"

    Should be: "Of who you hope and hope not to be, socially"
    PuzzleIAmon November 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a phenomenal song, since Jon doesn't just bash the "popular" kids. Instead, he says in general, high school is just four years, then it's over. He's saying, don't obsess about something that won't make such an impact on your life in the future.
    miriam1226on March 02, 2014   Link

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