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A little something about Skid Row
Skid Row was one of the last hair metal bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early '90s. Yes, that's right - Nirvana effectively killed off the whole '80s rock/hair metal genre. Damn them!. Anyway, back to my little write up... Skid Row were also arguably the last of the hairbands to have any originality. While their 1989 self-titled release used standard pop-metal riffs and contained a handful of generic lyrics, 1991ís Slave to the Grind and 1995ís Subhuman Race broke away from the pop-metal mold with uncharacteristically hard, thrashy guitars and more unique songwriting while still relying on varying '80s metal formulas. Though personal differences and changing trends would eventually tear the band apart by 1996, Skid Row showed a tremendous amount of promise during their short run in the mainstream.

Lyrics featured below: "18 and Life", "Youth Gone Wild", "I Remember You"

18 and Life

Ricky was a young boy, He had a heart of stone.Lived 9 to 5 and worked his fingers to the bone.Just barely got out of school, came from the edge of town.Fought like a switchblade so no one could take him down.He had no money, oooh no good at home.He walked the streets a soldier and he fought the world aloneAnd now it's 18 and life You got it18 and life you knowYour crime is time and it's18 and life to go(repeat above) Tequila in his heartbeat, His veins burned gasoline.It kept his motor running but it never kept him clean.They say he loved adventure, "Ricky's the wild one."He married trouble and had a courtship with a gun.Bang Bang Shoot 'em up, The party never ends.You can't think of dying when the bottle's your best friendAnd now it's (chorus) "Accidents will happen" they all heard Ricky sayHe fired his six-shot to the wind that blew a child away. (chorus)

Youth Gone WildSince I was born they couldn't hold me downAnother misfit kid, another burned-out townNever played by the rules I never really caredMy nasty reputation takes me everywhereI look and see it's not only meSo many others have stood where I standWe are the young so raise your handsThey call us problem childWe spend our lives on trialWe walk an endless mileWe are the youth gone wildWe stand and we won't fallWe're the one and one for allThe writing's on the wallWe are the youth gone wildBoss screamin' in my ear about who I'm supposed to beGetcha a 3-piece Wall Street smile and son you'll look just like meI said "Hey man, there's something that you oughta know.I tell ya Park Avenue leads to Skid Row."I look and see it's not only meWe're standin' tall ain't never a doubtWe are the young, so shout it outThey call us problem childWe spend our lives on trialWe walk an endless mileWe are the youth gone wildWe stand and we won't fallWe're the one and one for allThe writing's on the wallWe are the youth gone wildThey call us problem childWe spend our lives on trialWe walk an endless mileWe are the youth gone wildWe stand and we won't fallWe're the one and one for allThe writing's on the wallWe are the youth gone wildWe are the youth gone wild
I Remember You Woke up to the sound of pouring rain The wind would whisper and I'd think of you And all the tears you cried, that called my name And when you needed me I came through I paint a picture of the days gone by When love went blind and you would make me see I'd stare a lifetime into your eyes So that I knew you were there for me Time after time you were there for me Remember yesterday - walking hand in hand Love letters in the sand - I remember you Through the sleepless nights and every endless day I'd wanna hear you say - I remember you We spend the summer with the top rolled down Wished ever after would be like this You said I love you babe, without a sound I said I'd give my life for just one kiss I'd live for your smile and die for your kiss Remember yesterday - walking hand in hand Love letters in the sand - I remember you Through the sleepless nights and every endless day I'd wanna hear you say - I remember you We've had our share of hard times But that's the price we paid And through it all we kept the promise that we made I swear you'll never be lonely Woke up to the sound of pouring rain Washed away a dream of you But nothing else could ever take you away 'Cause you'll always be my dream come true Oh my darling, I love you Remember yesterday - walking hand in hand Love letters in the sand - I remember you Through the sleepless nights and every endless day I'd wanna hear you say - I remember you Remember yesterday - walking hand in hand Love letters in the sand - I remember you Through the sleepless nights and every endless day I'd wanna hear you say - I remember you