What does I'm Eighteen mean?

Alice Cooper: I'm Eighteen Meaning

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I'm Eighteen Lyrics

Lines form on my face and hands
Lines form from the ups and downs
I'm in the middle without any plans
I'm a boy and I'm a man

I'm eighteen
and I don't know what I want
Eighteen
I just don't know what I want
Eighteen
I gotta get away
I...

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2023 !⃝

    I'll go runnin in outer space again -- Cosmicly we all come from stars and finish our lives as space dust for new stars -- on and on so it goes. Perhaps this lyricist was expressing our journey into yet another cycle to the stars as running in outer space again.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2020 !⃝

    This was about the time when 18 year olds were allowed to vote. Perhaps a subtext to the obvious angst.

  3. Elanaa666
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    Apr 25th 2014 !⃝

    I feel like this is the "cheesy coming of age 80s classic" of Alice Cooper song. The song is about a protagonist who is 18 and at a crossroads at his life. He has no idea what hes going to do with his life and is worried and stressed about it.

    I feel like as the song progresses the character starts from feeling old and as if his life is over "lines form on my face and hands", to realizing that hes still young and can still have fun "i'm eighteen and i LIKE IT"

    Everyone can relate to it. Everyone gets to the bump in the road where you're in transition inbetween two huge parts of your life, and you have no idea how to react to it.


    The fact that this song never made it into a John Hughes movie (that i know of) shocks me.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2013 !⃝

    He's 18 and he's confused as to what he wants to do in his life.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2012 !⃝

    This song is the most beautiful song and absolutely and completely spot on. I have just turned 18, and this song portays the emotions inside me.

    I don't know what I wanna do with my life, whether it be college or just working and there are times where I just wanna escape from these decisons and "run into out of space". Although I am "confused everyday", deep down "I'm eighteen and I like it" cos I am still young and full of life and starting to explore the world. Thank you Alice, you are such a brilliant lyricist

  6. share
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    Apr 8th 2009 !⃝

    I belive the song is explaing how 18 year olds feel. Their confused and don't know what they want yet. " I'm a boy and I'm a man."

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2006 !⃝

    This song is about a young man, 18 to be exact, who has probably just graduated high school. He's enjoying his newfound freedom, but has no clue what to do with his life. He's confused, doesn't know what to do, but is glad that he's made it this far.


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