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The Kids Aren't Alright
Americana album cover
First Released Americana
Recorded Eldorado Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Length 3:00
Singer/Guitarist Dexter Holland
Guitarist Noodles
Bassist Greg K.
Drummer Ron Welty
Produced by Dave Jerden

"The Kids Aren't Alright" is the fifth track on The Offspring's 1998 fifth album, Americana, and was released as the third single to promote the album.

Chart performance

"The Kids Aren't Alright" was released as a single on September 21, 1999, ten months after the release of Americana. It was almost as successful as the album's previous singles ("Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "Why Don't You Get a Job?"), making it to #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and #6 on the Modern Rock Tracks. "The Kids Aren't Alright" is the most-listened to Offspring song amongst Last.FM and Spotify (where it also is the most popular song of the 90s) users, and continues to receive some radio play, mostly on KROQ.

Lyrics

When we were young, the future was so bright, whoa
The old neighborhood was so alive, whoa
And every kid on the whole damn street, whoa
Was gonna make it big and not be beat

Now, the neighborhood's cracked and torn, whoa
The kids are grown up, but their lives are worn, whoa
How can one little street
Swallow so many lives

Chances thrown, nothing's free
Longing for what used to be
Still, it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives, shattered dreams

Jamie had a chance, well, she really did, whoa
Instead, she dropped out and had a couple of kids, whoa
Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job, whoa
He just plays guitar and smokes a lotta pot

Jay committed suicide, whoa
Brandon OD'd and died, whoa
What the Hell is going on
The cruelest dream, reality

Chances thrown, nothing's free
Longing for what used to be
Still, it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives, shattered dreams

Go!

Chances thrown, nothing's free
Longing for what used to be
Still, it's hard, hard to see
Fragile lives, shattered dreams

Appearances

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