"The 80s" as written by Jerry Christopher Meehan and Robert Peter Williams....
I smoked Consulates and Park Drive, drank Nookie Brown
Learned how to skive
Polo mints to hide my breath from my mum
Did a little weed cause it felt like fun
Did a little bit of speed if my friend had some
Nicked Volkswagen badges I'm a Beastie Boys son
Me so horny, me so young and I still get my washing done
Auntie Joe died of cancer God didn't have an answer
Rhythm was a dancer
Any room for a chancer? That's me in the corner, thanks sir!
I wore a troop track suit, British Knights shoes, Kangol hat like LL Cool's
Before I was 'avin it, 'avin it large
They nicked the BMX from out my garage
Knew it was Tier from off the estate cuz every time he'd see me, he'd smile like we were mates
From then on in I'd have to walk to me Nan's
And I'd dream my dreams through a sea of prams
Like a hooligan on the football stands
And I'd throw the v's to Leeds and West Ham
Then I ran, I ran so far away down Scotia Road to a taxi bay
Then I ran again cuz I couldn't pay, a Muslim didn't get his fare that day
I apologize today

Things are better when they start
That's how the 80s broke my heart

And who are you calling poof? You like Wham, man, I hate that stuff
And then my grandad died and left a hole in the family and lots of women had to nanny me
School was a laugh, they didn't have ADD, thick was the term they used for me
(Over and over)
(Over and over)

Take my breath away take my breath away
Bidly bidly bidly bong
Pass it on the left hand side, right turn, Clyde

That girl in the fourth year, got pregnant and she was raised Catholic, brilliant!
I cried, she cried, we cried, her youth died
Drank cider in the cemetery
The year above us had discovered E and I said it weren't for me
?12.50? I could rob me mum's purse and buy one off chalcky
Met a girl on Monday, drank fizzy pop on Tuesday
Fingered her on Wednesday and on Thursday and Friday and on Saturday
Dumped by Sunday

Things are better when they start
That's how the 80s broke my heart
The wonder years, I've played my part
That's how the 80s broke my heart

Like I said, I lost my virginity to a girl called Anne-Marie, well she said she fancied me
And then she said "fuck me" and I thought 'fuck me, I'm all talk and it'll be over too quickly'
And it was but I couldn't care less, I'd seen a girl's part,made a mess on her dress, oh yes!
You're now rocking with the best, second person in my year that had seen a breast
I'm in my 30s now and I'm still impressed
Where are the Falklands mum? And what have they done?
Where do girls come from? Where do girls come from? Where do girls come from?

It's the 80s, what you looking at, ya mong?
So young, so long, so young, so long
Too short, so long
What you looking at ya mong?
Too short, so long, too short, so long
So long.

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"The 80's" as written by Robert Peter Williams Jerry Christopher Meehan

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    General Commenti love this song. woohoo, first comment. im a big robbie williams fan, and im from england. this song is good, love the tune. probably the second best from the new album. love it! shake your rudebox!
    AceSon October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like it, it couldn't be more sincere. It's so interesting hearing what could have been in Rob's head around that decade. Being a kid. It makes me remember "83" by John Mayer, I know they are not similar at all, but both artist seem to take us to their heads back then, and it's such an interesting trip. You can't help relating and feeling a bit melancholic as well.
    It's really honest and make me think about my early days as well...so long...I love both "decades" songs in Rudebox, since they truly tell a story.

    Rob says: "I was obsessed by a track by the Mitchell Brothers called ˜Routine Check" and also a big fan of Mike Skinner of The Streets and what he does over records, be it rapping or poetry. Its very similar to Ian Dury's stuff to me, Im also a big fan of his, he was the first white British rapper. I've always always wanted to be a rapper, I've always been jealous of rappers because of how comfy they are and how cool they look, they've always got a tracksuit on and trainers and I have to dress up cos Im a popstar... I want to be a rapper but the world won't let me. The only reason I have craved my own niche is because it is not that easy. I love words and will continue to use them. It is bitter sweet about a decade where I formed an opinion, I was wrong."
    Gabigson November 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentneato. very close to "john's gay"--lines taken right out of it.
    bouncehoperon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is incredible. it talks about his history, when he was a child and then a teenager. he pass a hard life and he want to tell it to his fans with this song. the 80's change his life. thiks look better when they start, and then he made a lot of mistakes, and the 80's turn bad.
    is a period of time in all teenager life when the whole life suck.
    fede_90lpon December 10, 2007   Link

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