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But Not Financially...

... instead socially...

 

Listening to the song, the premise seems to be about people who lost a lot of jobs because factory work dried up, and so their dreams from their youth about making something of themselves essentially went down the drain...

 

But you can read this song in different ways, as you can many songs...

 

Some lines:

 

"Well we're waiting here in Allentown,

for the Pennsylvania we never found...

For the promise is our future is gay,

if we work hard...

if we behave...

So the graduations hang on the wall, but they never really helped us at all..."

 

"And it's hard to keep a good man down...

... but I won't be getting up to-day-ay-ay"

 

And to my mind, I'm thinking of a different, but similar notion/struggle to the quoted lyrics.

I'm thinking of all these male nerds I know who worked hard in school and are now like 40 or so and still unpopular/not married.

All our lives we believed if we just "played by the rules" it would all eventually work out for us...

...and my brother (and former best friend too I believe) is still single (no girlfriend) and I'm still estranged from my own kind...

lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 5 Responses Sep 9, 2009

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The funny thing with all these young girls though is that they haven't figured life out yet to a large degree... Like for example, experience has taught me that being someone's friend only out of pity is "all around stupid" for all involved (the correct thing to do is try to give someone a chance "for real" and only enter into relationships where you view the other person "as an equal"). And that's confusing cause that can "paint on radar" very much like something tangible and real sometimes... In fact, I hadn't seen this in so many decades I had to learn to watch for this again.<br />
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But when you get these 19 year old girls on here talking about marrying die hard sci-fi fans and people entering scientific professions, you really can't fake that. If a trend like that is going, is probably "for the better".<br />
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Also, the girls who "pretend" may not be entirely a bad thing on the social networking sites. True the guy receiving the "false echo affection" may count more chickens than he actually has and worse he may fall in love or something with the person doing it, the interesting thing about them doing this in public is that if others see them doing this, they may do this too except really mean what they are doing...

One of these girls is engaged to a guy like around my age too :-)<br />
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Thank you :-)<br />
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We're hit so bad over here we'll take anything you want to give us :-D

I think it might be improving though... If you want proof, here's an interesting question:<br />
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Why is it that all the females on this website (as just an example) who are fair to and/or are getting married to intellectual guys all seem to be like 20 years old?<br />
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Is it all starting to "right itself"?

The problem is that my generation is sitting on a "hiccup". We were in the wrong time at the wrong time :-D When my dad was a kid (he was almost old enough to the grandfather of people my age to give you idea as to the generation), it may not have been a lot of things to be a nerd, but the fact you could get the bucks to raise a family with atleast made you "marketable" in -some other way- (so some women did want you for example)... (Also having ideas and brains wasn't the curse it became later) That just plain stopped being important as society busily corrected one of it's other evils (women not being paid enough and having enough workplace opportunities). But society never compensated for the way this dynamic impacted people who once needed this marketability to survive. Being a nerd is not a minus. Instead is a plus. This is another evil that needs to be corrected in society. But until this happens, there going to be some very good people "out of work" socially speaking...

Some of us just give up on life one day...