"To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)" as written by and David Rawlings Ryan Adams....
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    General Commenti love this song. i've been working on a "get totally fucked up with your best friends" mix tape and this is definately on there. so is "polar opposites" by modest mouse and "heaven knows i'm miserable now" by the smiths.
    oh no, disaster!on April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsounds like dylan in this song, but really good song nonetheless
    Hunteron January 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI know what u mean, I've shown it to allot of pple an they all say "DYLAN", but it's not dylan in a true sense. Dylan wasn't always so wrapped up in personal dillema
    Brettski_auon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRyan is defenitely not hiding his Dylan influences on this one, but agree with Brettski in that this song isn't about the personal despair or shame or regretfulness that run through much of Dylan's work. It is a simple, truthful song about lost love, youth and drugs. It answers the question of why you do drugs when you're young - there isn't anything better to do.
    tubesockson June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow... i almost just wrote "this song reminds me of bob" but now i feel young and stupid saying that... haha...
    i LOVE this song.. one of my faves on heartbreaker. i love when he says "lord i got high" it CRACKS ME UP!
    pomegranatesROCKon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf I was ever to make a movie about my life, this would be the opener.
    Destructedstaron March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, destructedstar. me too.
    Arcadiaon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentperhaps we could could work out a deal for the rights to the song and split the cost.
    Arcadiaon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis girl I used to like, the only thing she ever said to me, was: "This is on the 'Old School' soundtrack, isn't it?"

    The only thing I ever said was, "Yeah," then smoke a joint later that night...
    davidecoyoteon November 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti saw a band cover this at a frat date function and was kinda surprised...but i guess it makes sense since it's from Old School. i had forgotten about that.
    lilallstarmeon December 17, 2004   Link

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