1985 Bowling for Soup Lyrics

1985 Bowling for Soup Lyrics
1985 Lyrics

Released 2004
Album A Hangover You Don’t Deserve
Artist Bowling for Soup
Genre Punk
Lyrics By John Lowe, Kenneth Allen Jaret, Ray Reddick
Original Artist SR-71
Cover Of SR-71’s “1985”
Single Yes
Theme Nostalgia for 1980s

1985 Lyrics

Debbie Just Hit the Wall, She Never Had It All
One Prozac a Day, Husband’s a Cpa
Her Dreams Went Out the Door When She Turned Twenty-Four
Only Been With One Man, What Happened to Her Plan?
She Was Gonna Be an Actress, She Was Gonna Be a Star
She Was Gonna Shake Her Ass on the Hood of Whitesnake’s Car
Her Yellow Suv Is Now the Enemy
Looks at Her Average Life, and Nothing Has Been Alright
Since Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Way Before Nirvana
There Was U2 and Blondie, and Music Still on Mtv
Her Two Kids in High School, They Tell Her That She’s Uncool
‘Cause She’s Still Preoccupied With 19, 19, 1985, 1985
She’s Seen All the Classics, She Knows Every Line
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Even Saint Elmo’s Fire
She Rocked Out to Wham!, Not a Big Limp Bizkit Fan
Thought She’d Get a Hand on a Member of Duran Duran
Where’s the Mini-Skirt Made of Snake Skin?
and Who’s the Other Guy That’s Singing in Van Halen?
When Did Reality Become Tv?
Whatever Happened to Sitcoms, Game Shows?
on the Radio Wasspringsteen, Madonna, Way Before Nirvana
There Was U2 and Blondie, and Music Still on Mtv
Her Two Kids in High School, They Tell Her That She’s Uncool
‘Cause She’s Still Preoccupied With 19, 19, 1985
She Hates Time, Make It Stop
When Did Mötley Crüe Become Classic Rock? (Classic Rock)
and When Did Ozzy Become an Actor?
Please Make This Stop, Stop, Stop!
and Bring Back Springsteen, Madonna, Way Before Nirvana
There Was U2 and Blondie, and Music Still on Mtv
Her Two Kids in High School, They Tell Her That She’s Uncool
‘Cause She’s Still Preoccupied With 1985
Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Way Before Nirvana
There Was U2 and Blondie, and Music Still on Mtv
Her Two Kids in High School, They Tell Her That She’s Uncool
‘Cause She’s Still Preoccupied With 19, 19, 1985

1985 Bowling for Soup Lyrics Meaning

The opening lyrics “Debbie just hit the wall, she never had it all” indicate that Debbie has reached a disappointing point in her life where she realizes she hasn’t achieved her dreams. The references to “one Prozac a day” and her stereotypical life as a housewife married to an accountant underscore her mundane, depressed existence.

The next lyrics capture Debbie reminiscing about her youthful ambitions of being an actress and a star. The vivid pop culture references – Whitesnake, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Blondie, MTV – further emphasize how Debbie longs for the glory days of 1980s music and culture over her current reality. There is a sense of sadness and unfulfillment in the juxtaposition between her exciting hopes and underwhelming actual life.

The later lyrics drive home the message of alienation and obsolescence Debbie feels as an adult stuck in the past. Her kids see her as “uncool” because she is “still preoccupied with 1985,” highlighting the generational divide. The song ends with a desperate plea to turn back time and “bring back” the icons of her youth. Debbie is painted as depressed and disconnected, wishing she could return to the happy simplicity of her childhood dreams.


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