"The Best We Got" as written by David Martin Kahne, Scott Baldwin, Elliot Margin, Zaac Margin and Samuel Margin....
One more, more or less then we're done
Can't be sure if we had fun
Sweet sixteen been and gone
Eighteen next year then we're done
Girls like me if they're younger
But girls my age want guys older
Guess I'm just stuck in the middle
Between easies and girls unattainable

Yeah they say, these days are the best we got
What a tragic thought
And I try, and I try, not to waste this time
But it just flies by, the more I try

Slow down, don't speak, say something
Line up, don't cheat, stop staring
Sit down, shut up, start learning
Time's up, get out start working

Yeah they say, these days are the best we got
What a tragic thought
And I try, and I try, not to waste this time
But it just flies by, the more I try

Yeah they say, these days are the best we got
What a tragic thought
And I try, and I try, not to waste
But it just flies by, the more I try


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    My InterpretationThis song is about being 17. It could have been drawn from the writers personal experience or just the general tribulations of being a teenager.
    "Girls like me if they're younger
    But girls my age want guys older
    Guess I'm just stuck in the middle
    Between easies and girls unattainable "
    This is saying how hard it is to get girls his own age because all they want are older guys. Girls younger than him like him but he doesn't really want to go out with a young, vulnerable girl.
    "Yeah they say, these days are the best we got
    What a tragic thought
    And I try, and I try, not to waste this time
    But it just flies by, the more I try "
    This is saying how all adults say that being a teenager is the best time of your life and he should try to hold on to it. And he does try, but time keeps moving on and going faster and he doesn't want to waste this "precious" time in his life but he feels like he can't do anything about it.
    "Slow down, don't speak, say something
    Line up, don't cheat, stop staring
    Sit down, shut up, start learning
    Time's up, get out start working "
    This is just reiterating all the hypocritical things adults say to teenagers to control them. The last line is saying sorry your times up, you're done being young you have to get up and move out and get a job.
    sophiabpon June 25, 2013   Link

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