1979 Lyrics - Smashing Pumpkins

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Shakedown 1979
Cool kids never have the time
On a live wire right up off the street
You and I should meet
Junebug skipping like a stone
With the headlights pointed at the dawn
We were sure we'd never see an end to it all

I don't even care to shake these zipper blues
And we don't know
Just where our bones will rest
To dust I guess
Forgotten and absorbed to the earth below

Double cross the vacant and the bored
They're not sure just what we have in store
Morphine city slippin' dues down to see

We don't even care as restless as we are
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We feel the pull in the land of a thousand guilts
And poured cement, lamented and assured
To the lights and towns below
Faster than the speed of sound
Faster than we thought we'd go
Beneath the sound of hope

Justine never knew the rules,
Hung down with the freaks and ghouls
No apologies ever need be made
I know you better than you fake it to see

We don't even care to shake these zipper blues
And we don't know just where our bones will rest
To dust I guess
Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below
The street heats the urgency of now
As you see there's no one around

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junior high | Reviewer: Keith | 1/28/14

I was 14 in 1979 and in Junior high school. The kids in the vid look about as old..
The big seventies style cars in the video give it a cool authenticity. i understand the lyrics to be about restless youth Something I can relate to well.

Long Live Smashing Pumpkins! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/31/13

I was 18 in 1979. This song pretty much wraps up how I felt at that time, nothing for sure, but lots of options out there.
I just can't help but smile when I listen to the lyrics and watch the video, cool kids, harmless pranks, confusion,fun; exactly how we were in my teen years. I turned out okay. I've been a school teacher for 36 years. Today I swam 100 X 100 yards on a 1:40 interval and this was the song that kept me feeling youthful, happy, and energetic enough to complete the challenge. Long live Smashing Pumpkins!

Cool Kids never had the time. | Reviewer: John | 3/15/13

I have no idea what this song is about overall. I'll have to think about it. But I was 6-8 years old growing up in the midwest. And it was true in 1979. Cool kids never had the time. Parents let their kids out the back door and into the wild. We would go all over the place far out of our parents site (and often to far to hear too) even at 7-8 years old. But you had to be home at a certain time. Cool kids never had the time....meaning you weren't worried about getting in trouble or getting home on time.....and that was cool. To this day I don't wear a watch so it really rubbed off on me.

mainstream | Reviewer: Decipher Rah | 8/19/11

its not about getting played on the radio for you or who ever...fact is great songs come from feeling and whats in the heart molded to the form of art you see and hear. some of us choose to keep it underground because it gives you as listeners a feeling of ownership as opposed to everyone and their mother hearing it. another fact is its as easy these days to pay a company you can find over the internet to push your music to get played nationwide. think about this...why would i want to do such a thing? because 1 million people by my song or album and im rich right? well, its great bands like these and the others you guys are quoting that make songs like this and stay under ground because its not about the money...its about the appreciation. I just had to write a reply to you guys. as an artist i want to eventually get to this point so i go back to bands like this to get a feel for how i can acomplish this you know. i love smashing pumpkins and i make hip hop music....go figure.

90s Ftw | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/28/11

I'm only thirteen so I never got a chance to grow up with this amazing music:( music or at least the mainstream stuff really sucks majorly nowadays. I really wish more bands that were good became popular like Kopek( if you like good music listen to their song cocaine chest pains now)

Alternative Music | Reviewer: TheDude1971 | 4/17/11

I grew up in the 80s mostly and listened to punk rock back in the late 70s. None of that or the 80s "new wave" [that's what we called alternative back then] ever got mainstream play, well 99% of it never did. We were called "slackers," "losers," "Generation X," and "strange." Now look at alternative music! It's every where! On alternative stations AND mainstream. I can just imagine what bands like Oingo Boingo, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Joy Division, The Cure, just to name a small few how often they'd be played on mainstream radio today. Back then, if you didn't have an "alternative" radio station, you just didn't hear it unless it crossed over to mainstream

our gen | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/13/11

Gah, it's not just the music issue - on the contrary, there is a lot of music just as insanely good as this coming out, just less mainstream - but the way we're growing up as a whole. God oh God, do I wish I grew up in a time like 1979 where no apologies ever need to be made and we don't know where are bones will rest - to dust, I guess :p

But seriously. Our generation is just bland and it's almost the fact that life is easier that is to blame. Why do we need to rebel any more? I may just be a confused, shitty, selfish teenager, but in a sense I'm glad that there are things like the student cuts, global economic crises, rebellions and wars going on. I feel it's only fair that we have something to fight about too.

@Birdman, Grace | Reviewer: BeardyMan75 | 2/21/11

There are two kinds of music - the good stuff that people remember and still listen to for decades, and the s*it that gets popular with people who don't know any better, and is quickly forgotten about. There's a lot more of the second kind than the first. Previous decades had their s*it music, but nobody plays it anymore. (Milli Vanilli, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice come to mind.)

Modern music | Reviewer: Grace | 11/2/10

Dude, there is still good music being made now, I promise. You just have to look past the mainstream. I totally feel you about the Jonas Brothers and Lady Gaga and all that shit, it sucks. But there are still some bands that aren't overproduced and haven't sold out, and that's the stuff that isn't played every five minutes on the radio. You should try listening to Leftover Crack, U.S. Bombs or Mischief Brew if you like punk music. They're all still together.

Birdman has a future | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/29/09

Birdman: i feel for you. what? you don't 'connect' w/ the jonas bros (not sure i have ever even heard a jonas brothers 'tune') beyoncé (notice the faux accent over one vowel, or the other, in her name...) or, any other over-produced, meaningless drivel that is spewed forth these days? there IS still good/great music out there, of that i am sure, but, there seems to be more 'mainstream' crap that seems to strike a chord with the 'masses'. maybe, for many, the less you think, the more you gyrate? birdman: keep digging in the past for the good stuff. ignore the other noise, and, i think, you'll be okay, oh, and, also, learn guitar if you have not, already... :)

Wow | Reviewer: Birdman | 7/13/09

What the hell happened to this time? I'm a teenager now and I feel more attached to this song than I do to songs about teenagers from this generation of music... That's really disappointing. You guys got to listen to Corgan and Cobain and all the good stuff... And we have to listen to it over again to wash out the freakin' Jonas Brothers... Not that I wouldn't listen to it anyway, it owns.

Great song | Reviewer: Zoe | 7/7/09

This song is one of his i can relate to i like how billy corgan produces music in which u canhave such emotional attatchments to because you think about the lyrics and relize wow i felt that way before. Their songs capture the essence of certain feelings that sometimes make u cry because of how real they are and thats what i like aboutthe smashing pumpkins

SMASHING PUMPKINGS ARE AWESOME | Reviewer: Lauren!!! | 6/9/09

Ok you guys Smashing Pumpkins are the best. And this song is AWESOME!!! Definitely awesome and in my top ten. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is an AWESOME album. But try Siamese Dream-every single frikkin song on there is good. Im not even kidding. EVERY SONG. Not a sucky or eh or just okay song on there. Its awesome. And don't forget Gish and they have a bunch more albums out there. Zeitgiest-their newest one, is also really kick ass. But personally Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Siamese Dream and Gish and...o what the hell ALL THEIR ALBUMS ARE AWESOME. Billy Corgan, you are boss.

Youth | Reviewer: Jump | 3/2/09

This song makes me laugh and cry, then laugh because I'm crying. Makes me feel better about how I'm spending these teen years as a reckless party girl. It's a fun song, don't let it depress you. It lets everyone reminisce about their teen years fondly, no matter how rebelious or crazy they were. I love it.

unknown | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/7/09

unlike you all, this song makes me feel very sad and depressed, 'cause i'm a teen now, and it does feel like we should never see an end to it all, but sadly we all know there's an end. no matter how good and immortal anybody feels now. all those memories will rest to dust i guess...

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