If you celebrate enough birthdays (even if you are “forever 39”), you learn a few things. But where did all this wisdom come from? Turns out there is a fourth R — Reading, wRiting, aRithmatic and Rock.
Turns out all I really need to know I learned from classic rock.
If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control.
(Hold On Loosely, .38 Special)
Better recognize your brothers, everyone you meet.
(Instant Karma, John Lennon)
Hold on to 16 as long as you can. Changes come around real soon make us women and men.
(Jack and Diane, John Mellancamp)
The suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth.
Maybe it’s not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.
(Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne)
The love you take is equal to the love you make.
(The End, The Beatles)
And it came to pass that rock-n-roll was born.
(Let There Be Rock, AC/DC)
Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.
(Dust In The Wind, Kansas)
Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
(Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell)
Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me.
(Time Waits For No One, The Rolling Stones)
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed, now. It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen.
(Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepplin)
War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’.
(War, Edwin Star)
I hope the Russians love their children too.
It doesn’t really matter which side you’re on. You’re walking away, and they’re talking behind you.
(New Kid In Town, The Eagles)
The problem is all inside your head.
(50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon)
Traveling twice the speed of sound, it’s easy to get burned.
(Just A Song Before I Go, Crosby, Stills & Nash)
I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul.
(Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen)
Send it off in a letter to yourself.
(Rikky Don’t Lose That Number, Steely Dan)
There’s too many places I’ve got to see.
(Freebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
There ain’t no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.
(Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Meat Loaf)
So teach your children well, GenX, and keep that throwback rock station on the presets. It’s called classic for a reason.
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