"When We Were Younger" as written by Chris Miller, Max Helyer, Josh Franceschi, Matt Barnes and Dan Flint....
When I was younger, I always thought
I could be someone if I tried enough
When I was younger, my father said
Wear a smile, show respect
When I was younger, you never said
When I was older, I'd feel helpless
When I was younger, you shone the light
And now that I'm older, it doesn't shine bright
When I was younger, you always said
That as I got older, you'd always be there

I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh
I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh

When I was younger, I used to care
About everything that my father said
When I was younger, you even told me
To show evil, the utmost respect
When I was younger, I never thought
That when I was older, I'd see you give up
Now that I'm older, I carry the torch
Just promise you'll stand and you'll be strong

I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh
I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh
I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh
I'm singin' ooh, I'm singin' ooh

When I was younger, I never thought
When I was younger, I never thought
That when I was older I'd fight your wars
That when I was older I'd fight your wars
I'll do it for you, I'll do it for you
I'll do it for you, I'll do it for

When I was younger, I only dreamed
That when I got older, you'd be proud of me
When I was younger, I promised you both
That when I was older, you'd be proud of me


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"When We Were Younger" as written by Dan Flint Chris Miller

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    General CommentTo me, this song is about how your parents try to protect you as much as they can from the negative aspects of the world. You look to them to be inspired, to learn how to act and behave; and as you get older, you remember how much they've done for you and how much you admire them and all you want to do is make them proud of you.
    But also as you get older, it's inevitable that the world becomes a less sheltered place. Your parents can't protect you from everything, and even sometimes, they can't protect themselves from things that might happen. As they get older, they become weaker, which is why josh in his lyrics, states he wants to fight their battles too.
    It's almost as you get older, there's a role reversal, you become the one who tries to protect them. I really do like this song and I think it's very easy to relate to.
    Deadlysinnerson July 12, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningWOW, such an emotional song. It sounds so eerie upon first listen.

    I definitely think it's about growing up and discovering that life isn't everything your parents said it would be. Your parents aren't the strong people you admired, but you find it in yourself to "fight their wars" or carry their beliefs. Overall, I just think it means that life gets more difficult as you grow up "But now that I'm older the light doesn't shine as bright" and you can't expect it to be everything "everything that my father said"
    DanaTheGoldfishon October 05, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song is so meaningful... I guess its about how you dream about a future when you are a kid and your dreams rarely become real when you grow. When you are young you believe that the future will be good, everything will be easy and you will be strong. You believe in your parents and that you will be like them, but as you grow older you notice that you dont want to be like them and they make mistakes too.
    mfernandaon November 05, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song is so meaningful... I guess its about how you dream about a future when you are a kid and your dreams rarely become real when you grow. When you are young you believe that the future will be good, everything will be easy and you will be strong. You believe in your parents and that you will be like them, but as you grow older you notice that you dont want to be like them and they make mistakes too.
    mfernandaon November 05, 2011   Link

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