"Check It Out" as written by and John Mellencamp....
Million young poets
Screamin' out their words
To a world full of people
Just livin' to be heard
Future generations
Ridin' on the highways that we built
I hope, that they have better understanding

Check it out
Goin' to work on Monday
Check it out
Got yourself a family
Check it out
All utility bills have been paid
You can't tell your best buddy
That you love him
So check it out
Where does our time go
Check it out
Got a brand new house in escrow
Check it out
Sleepin' with your back
To your loved one
This is all, we have learned
About happiness

Check it out,
Forgot to say hello to my neighbours
Check it out
Sometimes I question my own behavior
Check it out
Talkin' about the girls, we've
Seen on the sly
Just to tell our souls
We're still the young lions
So check it out
Getting' too drunk on Saturdays
Check it out
Playin' football with the kids
On Sundays
Check it out
Soaring with the eagles all week long
And this is all, we have learned
About living
This is all, we have learned
About living

A million young poets
Screamin' out their words
Maybe someday
Those words will be heard
By future generations
Ridin' on the highways that we built
Maybe they'll have a better understanding
Check it out
Maybe they'll have a better understanding
Check it out
Maybe they'll have a better understanding
Check it out
Maybe they'll have a better understanding
Check it out
Hope they'll have a better understanding
Check it out


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"Check It Out" as written by Andre Maurice Barnes Rodney Lemay

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  • +1
    General CommentAs a 22 year old feeling as though I'm standing in the crossroads of childhood to adulthood, this is what this song means to me.

    It means you've grown up without really knowing how, you've reached a point that's come too quick, and now you're trying to analyse your life. Maybe the next generation will be able to explain this motion better than we can? Maybe we are the ones who have to educate them about this sudden rush of emotional growth? Maybe it will never get easier to explain, and everyone is destined to be stuck in the same place at this age.
    CryssieJadeon January 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song focuses on the American dream and its disappointments.

    Since we are children, we are told that we are going to grow up, get married, have kids, have a job, buy a house, etc. This is the American dream. Then when we get there, we're not happy, and we're confused and trapped by a mortgage, marriage, and kids.

    Goin' to work on Monday
    Got yourself a family
    All utility bills have been paid
    You can't tell your best buddy that you love him
    So check it out
    Where does our time go
    Got a brand new house in escrow
    Sleepin' with your back to your loved one
    This is all that we've learned about happiness

    "I hope they have a better understanding..." embodies hope for the next generation to really find out what makes them happy, rather than following the formula of the "American dream."

    That's always what stood out to me anyway. :)
    chels124on March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother under-appreciated classic. I love the line "Can't tell your best buddy that you love him". It just sums it all up. We think we have it all figured it out, but really we don't. Sometimes when you are transitioning into manhood, it feels like we're pretending, or "playing house", and really it's those simple things that make us men.
    kickstart71on January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the disillusionment of growing up, family, responsibility, and the chase of The American Dream.

    The first stanza is a commentary on the idealism of younger generations versus the desire of the rest of us who are "living to be heard", or wanting to feel like their lives are important or mean something more than the mundane existence they are in.

    The first part of the chorus goes over the typical "American Dream" scenes: family, marriage, home, bills, losing touch with old friends, and career. It also illustrates that this is all we know and this is the life we have built for ourselves because of that. In other words, the epitome of happiness in our minds.

    The second part of the chorus goes over the things we forget about when we are in the grind of daily life: neighbors and friends. It goes over the things we do to try to feel young. Men talk about girls and what they could of had. It also illustrates the typical things we do to unwind and relax, and comments again on, this is all we know and this is the life we have built for ourselves.

    The last part of the song revisits the commentary from the first of the song and issues a challenge to younger generations: to try to understand what happiness really is, seek to find it, and never be pigeon-holed into the life that we THINK we should be in.

    mengelkenon December 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with so much of what you've all said above, especially the last two. However, I think there's less focus on the "disillusion" and more on the "all that we know" simpleness of small town life across this country. Time flies by and before you know it.....
    gaddessjon April 28, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI remember when this song and the others from The Lonesome Jubilee were on rock radio, late 80s, this song specifically seems JCM was lowering the anger and attitude in his music and going for a more inner-searching sound, if that makes sense. Check It Out is so melancholy... Heard this today, first time in a while, and it never fails to make me happy with a tinge of sadness, which I feel is the point of the song in a way - we laugh and have good times, but question if we could be better people. Brilliant, one of his best, maybe my fave from JCM, along with Minutes To Memories and Crumblin' Down.
    force263on December 12, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAbout growing up.
    Smokleron October 16, 2006   Link

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