every time i start to remember
i remember i don't want to remember
warp me back at 88 if only for one day

turn on mario and luigi
sit me down put my hands on the ouija
and when it spells out roisin's name i'll swear it wasn't me

1988 take me back to 1987
i'm in search of days
when times were good and earth a place in heaven

now that i jump as high as luigi
let's sit down put our hands on the ouija
when it spells out your sweet name you'll know that it was me

1988 take me back to 1987
i'm in search of days
when times were good and earth a place in heaven

i want to make a motion to stop the commotion
i second the motion to stop the commotion
i got another notion for backwards motion
i too have a notion back-back-back backwards motion

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    General CommentI saw them in concert and they explained this song. Daniel explained how when he was in 9th grade he was thrift store shopping with his dad and his friend Jessica. Jessica found a a blue shirt which read, 'in search of 1988.' they fought over it, and she ended up with it. In December of 1998, Jessica returned home from college and gave him the shirt as a Christmas gift. It got him thinking of the easier times, early high school. Then thought about the year shown on the shirt, 1988, and got even sappier thinking about how much easier things were when he was younger.
    AtzKilcheron April 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song gets stuck in your head for DAYS.

    esp...."1988 take me back to 1987"

    forever in your head!
    bluekitty2on May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commento man... some people might like ozma but i saw them play with weezer on feb 11th and they kinda sucked live
    StinaGurlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti saw them play with weezer too (actually, i think it was feb 11th also... at continental airlines arena) and i thought they were really great. saves the day was the other opening act, and they were awesome as well. but i thought they went too long.. it was like, hey, we wanna see weezer already!

    Anywayss... I think that this song is basically about wanting to go back in time, if just for a day, when he was younger and more naive. I'm not sure though.. and I don't really know what the whole mario/luigi thing has to do with it... but the line "now that i jump as high as luigi" makes me think of mario on the old nintendo... luigi was always able to jump higher than mario. My interpretation is that maybe when he feels he's as good as luigi (he can "jump as high") it'll be okay for him to admit his feelings to this roisin girl. it's just a guess tho :-\

    very catchy song tho :)
    psycheon May 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentozma is super good live. try seein em with only about 100 or so other people there at the university of washington. good times.
    Bryan_Erdmannon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI was born in 88 but I wish I was born in 87 oh yeah ....... Star if ur out there dont marry my brother he has a girlfriend
    21pinksockson July 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is obviously about fond memories of childhood (for us Children of the 80's), like Nintendo and Belinda Carlisle songs, and the reference to getting cheeky with your crush over Ouija board.
    snozzberryon August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey i was born in '88 too
    SoCoRocks14on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSNOZZBERRY hit it on the head go checkout the official ozzma song and it tells u were the song came from
    TripNip75on September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow that's intense...yeah i love this song...Ozma rocks!! I saw them this spring and they were amazing!
    Gonzaga_Chadon June 18, 2003   Link

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