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Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen



I'm eighteen is about the feelings of a frustrated teenager, which described many of Alice Cooper's fans. 18 was an interesting age in America at the time, as in many states, you had to be older to vote or drink alcohol, but you could be drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. The group's drummer, Neal Smith explains:


"It was a song about growing up in the '60s, with lines in it like you could go to war but you couldn't vote. We had no idea it would become an anthem; we were just thinking it would be a cool song."


"Eighteen was a jam that we'd warm up with, it wasn't even a song, and Bob said, 'That's a hit.' 'How?' we said. He kept saying, 'Dumb it down. Make it simpler.' He'd add a piano on the bassline, and we'd go, 'You can't put a piano on an Alice Cooper song.' But he was absolutely correct. When we got done listening to Eighteen, we just could not believe it."


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 gotta get out of this place

I'll go runnin' in outer space oh yeah


I got a baby's brain and an old man's heart took eighteen years to get this far

Don't always know what I'm talkin' about feels like I'm livin' in the middle of doubt


'Cause I'm eighteen I get confused every day eighteen I just don't know what to say

Eighteen I gotta get away


Whoa lines form on my face and my hands

Lines form on the left and right

I'm in the middle the middle of life

I'm a boy and I'm a man


I'm eighteen and I like it

Yes I like it

Oh I like it love it like it love it

Eighteen eighteen eighteen eighteen and I like it

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