Old age wisdom and the world grown bald
But you're still amazed by every little hair that falls
And I wonder if repetition makes one forget
Cuz I'm under the impression that you're fraudulent
You're not really old

Tantrums reveal that rich experience
And those naked gums - the loss of all your confidence
Then you serve a dish I try hard to avoid
And it's backwards, my learnation is going to be destroyed

Finding worth in the worthless
Time spent learning to regress

I listen, try to care, say "mm-hmm" here and there
But there's something else inside
I try to be polite, make you feel all right
I can be anything you like
I'll be a virgin forever

Cataracts - everyone's the same old blur
And those stale snacks make me feel and feign inferior
But I'll make believe, trying to cooperate
And I hope you don't see me hide it underneath my plate

I'll get a backache and stumble over both left feet
Awake nervous knowing that we'll meet
Must I tolerate this useless game we dance and sing?
Cuz I don't relate, and I'm not learning anything at all

Force a circle into a square dance
Insist the future try and relive the past

I listen, try to care, say "mm-hmm" here and there
But there's something else inside
I try to be polite, make you feel all right
I can be anything you like
I'll be a virgin forever

I don't wanna dance, na na na...


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    General CommentFor some reason... I find myself strangly drawn to this song... please.... help...
    EmbryoSystemon May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis perfectly describes a child's awkward relationship with their grandparents. As children, we try to learn things from them, but the more they tell us things the more we find the stories change as other stories mix together and other people's stories mix in with theirs. So, we naturally try to shrug it off politely; just like we try to shrug off their cooking when they get the recipe wrong.
    "Awake nervous that we'll meet" could be an allusion to the eventuality of death and the possibility of an afterlife; and the lines following that are a child's protests to going to see their grandparents.
    The lines after that are pretty much redundant; the times have changed but the well aged wish it weren't so and such.
    the 'dance' could be an allusion to the whole act of convincing the child to go to the grandparent's house.
    FnC4tehon August 27, 2010   Link

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