Tommy's selling used cars, Nancy's fixing hair
Harvey runs a grocery store and Margaret doesn't care
Jerry drives a truck for Sears, Charlotte on the make
And Paul sells life insurance and part time real estate

Helen is a hostess, Frank works at the mill
Janet teaches grade school and probably always will
Bob works for the city, and Jack's in lab research
And Peggy plays organ at the Presbyterian Church

And the class of '57 had its dreams
We all thought we'd change the world with our great work & deeds
Or maybe we just thought the world would change to fit our needs
The class of '57 had its dreams

Betty runs a trailer park
Jan sells Tupperware
Randy on an insane ward
Mary's on welfare
Charlie took a job with Ford
Joe took Freddie's wife
Charlotte took a millionaire
And Freddie took his life

Johnny's big in cattle, Ray is deep in debt
Where Mavis finally wound up is anybody's bet
Linda married Sonny, Brenda married me
And the class of all of us are just part of history

And the class of '57 had its dreams
But living life day to day is never like it seems
Things get complicated when you get past eighteen
But the class of '57 had its dreams
Oh, the class of '57 had its dreams

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The Class of '57 Lyrics as written by Harold Reid Don Reid

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    General CommentThe Statler Brothers were always my mother's favorite band, so I do have the nostalgia factor working for me. But, ahh, the older I get, the more I believe that this is one of the saddest songs that I've ever known. All about the pain that comes with just growing up and growing old, and realizing that we will not change the world, and for most of us, our lofty dreams will not come true. The line "Or maybe we just thought the world would change to fit our needs" always breaks my heart, and the line "things get complicated, when you get past 18" gets me all teary-eyed. I, myself, was the class of '90, but the song still, and always will remain, poignant and oh-so relevant.
    lunaburningon May 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song and yet so sad at the same time...
    captainhastingson February 09, 2010   Link

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