When we were young the future was so bright
The old neighborhood was so alive
And every kid on the whole damn street
Was gonna make it big and not be beat

Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn
The kids are grown up but their lives are worn
How can one little street
Swallow so many lives

Chances thrown
Nothing's free
Longing for what used to be
Still it's hard
Hard to see
Fragile lives, shattered dreams

Jamie had a chance, well she really did
Instead she dropped out and had a couple of kids
Mark still lives at home cause he's got no job
He just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot

Jay committed suicide
Brandon OD'd and died
What the hell is going on
The cruelest dream, reality



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"The Kids Aren't Alright" as written by Bryan Keith Holland

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  • +8
    General Comment:I think this song is about our childhoods, and how eagar we were to venture into the world, we were all hell bent on succession. But then the teen years roll around and everyone's made mistakes and screwed up their life bad. Longing for how we used to be, happy go lucky with something to hope for and live by. And you watch your friends turn from young perfect children to suicidal, or getting in a mess with teen pregnancy, and other mistakes many people have made time after time, and chances we should have taken, gone now, and no one's giving us a ride into the world, and its hard and again we're wishing for what used to be.
    InsanityXon February 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song is blunt with no hidden meaning. When you were six suicide or drugs werent even in your vocabulary so it's just growing up, seeing and hearing shit that is depressing or what have you. "Longing for used to be." <---says it all

    not my fav but like 2# fuck yeah
    btw #1 is gone away.....look into it
    Terminix420on January 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Every person named in the second verse of this song I know one of them: I knew a girl who had a chance, but got pregnant....I know a guy who rather sit and do drugs and nothing more....I have a friend who committed suicide(really got to me) and I have a friend who OD'd and almost died.....Unfortunatly the "Cruelest dream is reality" AND mentioned above about teens making the "wrong desicions" its true.....As we see in this song, MISTAKES ARE HARD TO UNDO
    Drink_and_Fighton September 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Great song. This song makes me think about when you are younger you go into the world with aims. You all have high aims like doctors and vets and hairdressers. But when you get older you realise this may not be realistic. Things can get in the way of things like this that kids hadn't planned on. You look back on when you were a kid when you thought you could make it big and every thing was so simple and wish you were back there.
    Evilsheepon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:damn good song, i like the live woodstock version as well
    aniotaon January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think i used to live in this neighborhood
    spliphstaron January 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's pretty sad how everything's become. Probably everyone's seen this neighborhood before, or at least heard of it. :S
    walking-catastropheon February 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think its just about how no matter where you live and who you are the streets had something to throw at you, and convice you to go left or right instead of straight. And damn theres alot of sh*t that gets thrown at ya huh?
    pura_vidaon February 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i totally agree with insanity x! now that ive read that comment, ill never hear this song the same way again. it is by far one of the greatest songs of all time dontcha think? and its message is so cool. how could anyone not think this is a good song?!? i was gonna add my own interpretation, but insanity x has got it on the dot! way ta go!
    and yeah, this song is sad when you think about it. the more times i hear it the better and sadder it gets.
    luv linkin p!!on March 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This reminds me alot of my old street. Too much.
    FaithinNothingon April 19, 2002   Link

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