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Youth of the Nation
by P.O.D.
Lyrics and Meaning

Sep 11, 2001

Youth of the Nation Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would've known
Cause I didn't kiss my mama goodbye
Verse 2
I didn't tell her that I loved her and how much I care
Or thank my pops for all the talks
And all the wisdom he shared
Verse 3
Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday, the same routine
Before I skate off to school
Verse 4
But who knew that this day wasn't like the rest
Instead of taking a test
I took two to the chest
Verse 5
Call me blind, but I didn't see it coming
Everybody was running
But I couldn't hear nothing
Verse 6
Except gun blasts, it happened so fast
I don't really know this kid
Even though I sit by him in class
Verse 7
Maybe this kid was reaching out for love
Or maybe for a moment
He forgot who he was
Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was
I know it's because
Verse 8
We are, We are, the youth of the nation
Verse 9
Little Suzy, she was only twelve
She was given the world
With every chance to excel
Verse 10
Hang with the boys and hear the stories they tell
She might act kind of proud
But no respect for herself
Verse 11
She finds love in all the wrong places
The same situations
Just different faces
Verse 12
Changed up her pace since her daddy left her
Too bad he never told her
She deserved much better
Verse 13
Johnny boy always played the fool
He broke all the rules
So you would think he was cool
Verse 14
He was never really one of the guys
No matter how hard he tried
Often thought of suicide
Verse 15
It's kind of hard when you ain't got no friends
He put his life to an end
They might remember him then
Verse 16
You cross the line and there's no turning back
Told the world how he felt
With the sound of a gat
Verse 17
Who's to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say
It don't take away the pain
Verse 18
That I feel inside, I'm tired of all the lies
Don't nobody know why
It's the blind leading the blind
Verse 19
I guess that's the way the story goes
Will it ever make sense
Somebody's got to know
Verse 20
There's got to be more to life than this
There's got to be more to everything
I thought exists
Verse 21

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