"Born In The 50's" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
We were born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties

My mother cried
When president Kennedy died
She said it was the communists
But I knew better

Would they drop the bomb on us
While we made love on the beach
We were the class they couldn't teach
'Cause we knew better

We were born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties

They screamed
When the Beatles sang
And they laughed when the King fell down the steps
Oh they should've known better

Oh we hated our Aunt
Then we messed in our pants
Then we lost our faith and prayed to the TV
Oh we should've known better

We were born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties

We freeze like statues on the pages of history
Living was never like this when we took all those G.C.E.'s
Oh you opened the door for us
And then you turned to dust

You don't understand us
So don't reprimand us
We're taking the future
We don't need no teacher

Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties

Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties
Born
Born in the fifties


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"Born in the 50's" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentThese lyrics make me cringe...
    EnduringChillon December 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's about his generaton, and how they felt about the world they were living in. A funny song. It always makes me laugh

    "My mother cried
    When president Kennedy died
    She said it was the Communists
    But I knew better
    ...
    And they laughed when the King fell down the stairs
    Oh they should've known better"

    I can't say I was born in the 50's, but I can relate to what this song says, because I always think "I know better". AND I DO :P
    AprilMoon1991on July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo if there are any flaws on the album at all, it's only (a) that many of these songs, good as they are, still don't stand the competition with later Police classics (after all, there were bands who could do 'Next To You', but there wasn't anybody who could do 'Don't Stand So Close To Me'), and (b) a couple of the songs are indeed sub-par: 'Born In The 50's' isn't bad melodically, but the lyrical message and the arrogance of the number are kinda dumb, almost fit for a generic arena rocker …
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEr... George Starostin, are you the same George Starostin who did those reviews for that site? Wow... You're not dead.

    Okay, on topic:

    The song is pretty catchy, so I ignore the annoyoing lyrics, but looking at them now, I see waht you mean. They are really arrogant. >>;; Why would anyone want to brag about being born in the 50's anyway? The 50's were critically lacking in a sense of humor.

    Other than beatniks. Beatniks are funny.


    Oh and the Cold War. That was a riot.
    Hissing Faunaon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpsssst! He's being sarcastic. The song isn't arrogant, it's self-effacing. "Weren't we so dumb and arrogant, we thought we knew better."

    A question that has nagged me for years: what is a G.C.E.? Is it a British thing? And when did the king fall down the stairs?
    Kyomaraon January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGCE = General Certificate of Education
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    TZsanon January 02, 2010   Link

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