Radio 52, side B, track 8: “Jack & Diane” by John COUGAR Mellencamp, #61 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

John Cougar Mellencamp - jack and dianeOh, John COUGAR Mellencamp, has it really been almost a year since we’ve had one of your songs on the blog?  That was like 15 tapes ago.  That’s crazy.  Your music is the kind that seems like it should just be mandatorily played on the radio every sixth song or so.  Although that might not be very American.  I don’t know.  I think you’re much more of an expert at being an American than I am, John COUGAR Mellencamp, so I defer to you.  You’re definitely an expert on growing up in a small town, that’s for sure.  I don’t know why I didn’t pay more attention to this fact growing up.  Growing up, I didn’t think there was anything particularly interesting about growing up on a farm or growing up near a small town, but you made that your bread and butter.  You made growing up in the middle of nowhere actually sound interesting.  To the point where I’m wondering if maybe where I grew up WAS interesting.

The thing is, John COUGAR Mellencamp, I’m sure it was interesting.  The problem was that I was not.  Were I not stuck with a wondrous mix of anxiety, laziness, and low self-esteem, maybe I could have been the kind of guy who could tell his girlfriend to dribble off her Bobbie Brooks or the kind of guy who could pull off a decent James Dean pose.  Maybe if I’d taken more of an interest in sports instead of taping music off the radio, maybe if I was interested in being outdoors instead of reading as many books as I could get my hands on, maybe if I was as interested in hanging out with people as I was indexing my comic books, maybe my childhood would have sounded a little more like Jack and Diane’s.  As it was, it was more like Steve Urkel’s.  Minus the interesting bits.

Oh, well, John COUGAR Mellencamp, life goes on, right?  And sure, maybe I’ve got some regrets about more things I could have done, but it’s hard to feel too bad about any of it when it gives me an excuse to listen and write about this song, you know?

“Jack & Diane”

<awesome John COUGAR Mellencamp jam>

Little ditty

‘Bout Jack and Diaaane

Two ‘merican kids growin’ up
In the heartland

Jackie gonna be a football star

Diane’s a debutante back seat
Of Jackie’s car

Suckin’ on a chili dog
Outside the Tastee-Freez

Diane’s sittin’ on Jackie’s lap
Got his hands ‘tween her knees

Jackie say, “Hey Diane, let’s run off behind the shady trees.”

“Dribble off those Bobbie Brooks, let me do what I please.”
Say uh

Oh yeah
Life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone, say uh

Oh yeeeeeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone, they walk on

<awesome John COUGAR Mellencamp jam>

Jackie sits back
Collects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head and does his
Best James Dean

“Well then there Diane, we oughta run off to the city.”

Diane says, “Baby”
“You ain’t missin’ nothin’.”
And Jackie say uh

Oh yeeeeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone

Oh yeah, they say life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone

Gonna let it rock

Let it roll

Let the Bible Belt
Come and save my soul
Hold on to sixteen as long as you can
Changes come around real soon, make us women and men

<awesome John COUGAR Mellencamp jam>

Oh yeah
Life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone

Oh yeah, they say life goes on
Long after the thrill
Of livin’ is gone

A little ditty
‘Bout Jack and Diane
Two ‘merican kids doin’
Best they can

<awesome John COUGAR Mellencamp jam>

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3 thoughts on “Radio 52, side B, track 8: “Jack & Diane” by John COUGAR Mellencamp, #61 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. nadajakarta says:

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  2. […] COUGAR Mellencamp, it was almost a year ago where I was writing about how I couldn’t believe it had been almost a year since we’d had one of your songs on here.  And I think that’s all I really have to say about that.  It’s not that I […]

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