Billy left his home with a dollar in his pocket and a head full of dreams
He said somehow, some way, it's gotta get better than this
Patti packed her bags, left a note for her mama, she was just seventeen
There were tears in her eyes when she kissed her little sister goodbye

They held each other tight as they drove on through the night, they were so excited
We got but one shot at life, let's take it while we're still not afraid
Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you're undecided
And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands

Young hearts be free tonight
Time is on your side
Don't let 'em put you down, don't let 'em push you around
Don't let 'em ever change your point of view

Paradise was closed so they headed for the coast in a blissful manner
They took a two room apartment that was jumping every night of the week
Happiness was found in each other's arms as expected, yeah
Billy pierced his ears, drove a pickup like a lunatic, ooh

Young hearts be free tonight
Time is on your side
Don't let 'em put you down, don't let 'em push you around
Don't let 'em ever change your point of view

Come on Billy
Woo

Young heart, be free tonight
Time is on, on your side

Billy wrote a letter back home to Patti's parents tryin' to explain
He said we're both real sorry that it had to turn out this way
But there ain't no point in talking when there's nobody listening, so we just ran away
Patti gave birth to a ten pound baby boy, yeah

Young hearts be free tonight
Time is on your side
Young hearts be free tonight
Time is on your side
Young hearts be free tonight
Time in on your side

Young hearts gotta run free, be free, live free
Time is on, time is on your side
Time, time, time, time is on your side
Is on your side, is on your side
Young heart be free tonight
Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, yeah
Ooh, ooh, ooh


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Young Turks Lyrics as written by Duane Hitchings Rod Stewart

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  • +3
    General CommentNot exactly the most original story, bust still a flat out amazing song.

    Very clear as far as the meaning- Just the story of a young couple leaving home because their romance couldn't be accepted by their parents.
    phantompenguinon October 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentabout two kids that run away too live thier life to the fullest
    McShineon March 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is why constantinople got the works...

    cheezy lyrics...impeccable melody...one of the most luscious hooks ever contrived...cheezy lyrics, a storyline that could hav been contrived in the mind of my pet turtle...but that fucking riff gets me every time i don't care IT GET'S A TEN IN BY BOOK!!!
    ZinbobDanon April 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was sort of a sarcastic song, actually-- it keeps saying time's on your side, but by the end it's clear it definitely isn't.
    Acey_Deareston January 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWhile the music is generally about young lovers, wanting to be free:

    "Young hearts be free tonight"

    I tend to think of this as aimed at everyone.

    "Don't let them put you down, don't let 'em push you around
    Don't let 'em ever change your point of view."

    This can be applied to everyone because it's basically saying to be strong, and don't let anyone push you around.

    So overall, I think it has mixed meanings.
    sharkbate24on April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat interpretation of the lyrics
    hezaon December 12, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe review by ZinbobDan is not only creative, but a little scary and sweaty. Is this the song that Billy Wayne sings in "Oh God, You Devil" ?
    tiki_12on June 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomehow I never heard this song until my current job, where they play it on the loop-tape... and damn, is ever good. I mean, really, really good. It's the reason I haven't quit yet. ;)
    yellowstaron October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut the "gave birth to a ten pound baby boy" --yeah. Doesn't sound like ol' Patti & Billy are going to be living too free anymore. Or that time is on their side. ...What do you say, Rod?

    That "Woo!" gets me every time.
    yellowstaron October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the first 80's recordings to use the classic Linn LM-1 drum machine!
    Fluffyinsanityon December 15, 2005   Link

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