"Prom Theme" as written by Adam L. Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood....
Here we are at last
The moment soon will pass
We'll go our seperate ways
We'll vanish in the haze
We'll never be the same
We'll forget each other's names
We'll grow old and lose our hair
It's all downhill from there

But tonight we'll reach for the stars
We'll rent expensive cars
And dream our dreams
Of a perfect night
And we'll sing our prom theme

Here we are at last
We're running out of gas
The air is getting thick
The girls are feeling sick
We'll pass out on the beach
Our keys just out of reach
And soon we'll say goodbye
Then we'll work until we die

But tonight we feel like stars
We'll play our air guitars
Cause we're eighteen
It's a perfect night
To sing our prom theme

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"Prom Theme" as written by Adam Schlesinger Chris Collingwood

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    General CommentThis is a great song of cynicism. He builds up how great this night is going to be throughout most of the song and then actually talks about the night itself: they ran out of gas, everyone is getting sick and passing out on the beach...Also refer to the beginning where he says "We'll vanish in the haze...We'll grow old and lose our hair...It's all downhill from there..."
    Whiffeton June 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is hilarious. the joke is lyrical and musical and beautiful. most prom themes are some bullshit about youth or timeless love. this is a prom theme that says.... this is the high point of your life. hahaha.
    5isa4letterwordon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love how FoW does tongue-in-cheek humor. a lot of their songs are like that, they sing seriously about something totally ridiculous. and it's such a pretty-sounding song too, if you don't listen carefully you might not even get it.
    kuwalaon June 22, 2004   Link
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    ghettodawghomieon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song, makes me look and realize how this is the highpoint of someone's life, the way the music speaks it shows that many people you may never, ever see again, and you may feel abandoned but through it all everything is going to be alright
    Garetthecoolcowon February 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEverytime I think about my prom, I think it should be exactly like this.
    It'll be my time, my day, my life passing by.
    It's sadly beautiful.
    bihxon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh this song makes me miss high school so much! It reminds me of one of the most exciting, bittersweet times of my life. This song is about what makes prom so wonderful- how awesome it is to get dressed up, dance and be with friends- to get drunk for the first time or go all the way for the first time- when everything is new and wonderful and life holds so many possibilities.
    pweenon January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe typical prom image is of the king and queen. Fountains of Wayne subvert this in a prom song about two (male) best friends leading a memorable night together. While the girls are passed out on the beach, the friends are playing air guitar... and probably knocking back a few beers between songs.
    NEWaythewindon February 07, 2015   Link

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