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Bowling for Soup: 1985 Meaning

Song Released: 2004

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Debbie just hit the wall
she never had it all
one Prozac a day
husbands a CPA
her dreams went out the door
when she turned twenty four
only been with one man
what happen to her plan?

She was gonna be an...


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    Dec 20th, 2019 12:56am report

    All the people saying “move on” are too young to remember any of the good ol’ days. I was born in 1986 so I was a 90’s kid. I feel so sorry for anyone who grew up after the 90’s. Those were amazing times to be a kid. And all generations before that from the baby boomer era were really cool to grow up in from all I’ve learned from ACTUALLY LISTENING to my elders and giving a fuck about it. Unlike any of these kids today, who care about the dumbest shit and act like none of us have already been there and done that and done it better.


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    May 20th, 2012 5:29pm report

    i beleive that Debbie was a teenage girl in high school who had a very bright future in acting. She was having a great life, but she had sex with someone (probobly the QB of the foootball team) who left after figuring out she was pregnant. she looks back at her life when her kids are in high school, and thinks about what she could have been and is upset that she turned out to just be "average." She looks back and see's other things that have changed like music. she takes 1 prozac per day (depression pills)

    Its a really sweet song, and the original version from SR-71 helps you put the peices together a little better. ...it says, "THE RUBBER BROKE" and "wheres the quarterback from her highschool football team?" "where's her fairytail, where's her dream"



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    Jan 9th, 2010 1:59pm report

    This girl named Deby wanted to be an actress she was very good and knew all these classics and things but when she was 24 she found out that she wasnt pretty enough to be an actress. She is now reflecting on the year 1985 when she was going to be an actress and her kids think shes really weird because she keeps reflecting on 1985 and ever since 1985 her life has been going down hill. She wants time to stop and things to go back to what they were like in the year 1985.

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    Jan 14th, 2009 1:41pm report

    i think it's about a girl whos life didint turn out how she would have liked. and her kids make fun of her for likeing the good old days


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    Apr 21st, 2008 4:18am report

    Most def a mid- life crisis. This lady has got it bad. She doesn't want to accept the fact of that she is getting old. I think it is harder for women to accept that the wrinkles and all that. She wants to still be cool and be the cool mom. But that's not going over to well with her kids. She needs to sit down and accept the fact of that the 80s are over and a new generation of music is taking over.


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    Apr 12th, 2008 4:48pm report

    Also when you think about it although the video shows her character a lot the song itself hardly mentions "Debbie"
    her name is mentioned once and then once in the chorus the rest of it talks about how things have changed


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    Apr 12th, 2008 4:53pm report

    This song although it has a main character, looks a little deeper it todays media, music and T.V. Shows have become generic, boring, and repetitive. This songs brings back the memories of the way it used to be, and (even though it says "her two kids in high school, they tell that she's uncool")tha the greats are looked upon as old or are just shunned in todays society, such as ossy Osborne, Alice Cooper, and Motley Crue, "most of these of these artists' music are now known as "classic rock" while in their hayday they were known as hardcore artists that didn't give a s**t about what other people think, now they're all but forgotten, T.V. Has been taken over by "reality shows" over the old comic gold as the lyrics suggest "she hates time, make it stop, when did motley crue become classic rock, and when did ossy become an actor, please make it stop, stop, stop and bring back..."
    (side note: kind of funny that man with the user name -neo- is supporting music that is considered oldies


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    Dec 12th, 2007 12:32am report

    I think she got knocked up when she was young... "only been with one man" and she missed out on a lot of her young adult life. now her kids are growing up and now she's being reminded of her childhood and she's noticing how much everything changed.


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    Nov 25th, 2007 11:03pm report

    A mom is harping on her past and won't let it go, and her kids think she's really dumb for doing that. Maybe someone should tell this woman to "keep moving forward" or something.


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    Jul 17th, 2006 7:58pm report

    This song is so true! A girl (debbie) who is now an adult didn't gaet to where she wanted. Evrythings going outta control as to what she remembered in 1985, and her kids just shun her for being overly obsessed about the "old days"


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    Mar 3rd, 2006 3:37am report

    It's about a mom who didn't get where she wanted to be today and she's obsessing over what it was like in 1985


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    Jan 3rd, 2006 1:42pm report

    Dude, this song was actually taken from SR-71


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    Nov 19th, 2005 11:15pm report

    It's a great look at the impending mid life crisis for those of us pushing past our mid 30's and staring fully into the face of the big 40. 1985 was great, since I was all of 17.


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    Nov 19th, 2005 11:18am report

    I Think this song is about A lady (Debbie) who has two teenage kids who has a mid-life crisis and wishes it was still the year 1985.

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