Young And Hopeless—I’m Angry At My Father

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I know I'm making something out of this life they called nothing. It’s me against this world and I don’t care.

A few years ago I was living in Tilburg, The Netherlands. This is a small town in the middle of the country. The one amazing thing they have is a large pop venue that is a favourite touring venue for punk bands. It is one of the few places in The Netherlands that my son, a punk drummer, has been to. One night I went to see ‘Good Charlotte‘, the US punk band based around the Madden brothers. I had an envigorating, rocking evening, even though I was in my sixties! The song that remains with me from that gig is ‘Young and Hopeless’. It is a personal song that aches with teenage angst and disconnection.

“Hard days made me, hard nights shaped me,” is a cry against the toughness of their life tegteher with a resounding love of life, no matter how it turns out.

“I’m troublesome, I’m fallen / I’m angry at my father / It’s me against this world and I don’t care.” This is a sentiment that most men will recognise from some point in their life, who has not been angry at their father? One of the greatest gifts a father can give a son is the understanding that this will happen and the space to let it happen.

Benji Madden said,

All we’ve ever wanted people to take away from our band is a sense of hope and encouragement. We make the records for the people listening who need the music like I did. There were records that got me through days at school or when shit was tough, and we want to make those records for other people. Good Charlotte is synonymous with disenfranchised youth and teenage angst. We’ll forever be those misfits, the broken toys, the underdogs. We stick up for the little guys.

I missed punk when I was growing up and I missed the camraderie of being a misfit along with others. I suffered this alone and scared.

I love the energy and honesty of punk music and I wish more people would see it as music to inspire young kids rather than as rebellion to be crushed.

Watch this video of Good Charlotte playing the song and experience the energy…

Young & Hopeless—Lyrics

Hard days made me, hard nights shaped me
I don’t know, they somehow saved me
And I know I’m making something
Out of this life they called nothing

I take what I want, take what I need
They say it’s wrong, but it’s right for me
I won’t look down, won’t say I’m sorry
I know that only God can judge me

And if I make it through the day
Will tomorrow be the same?
Am I just running in place?
And if I stumble and I fall
Should I get up and carry on?
Will it all just be the same?

‘Cause I’m young and I’m hopeless
I’m lost and I know this
I’m going nowhere fast, that’s what they say
I’m troublesome, I’m fallen
I’m angry at my father
It’s me against this world and I don’t care
I don’t care

And no one in this industry
Understands the life I lead
When I sing about my past
It’s not a gimmick, not an act

These critics and these trust fund kids
Try to tell me what punk is
But when I see them on the streets
They got nothing to say

And if I make it through today
Will tomorrow be the same?
Am I just running in place?
And if I stumble and I fall
Should I get up and carry on?
Will it all just be the same?

‘Cause I’m young and I’m hopeless
I’m lost and I know this
I’m going nowhere fast, that’s what they say
I’m troublesome, I’m fallen
I’m angry at my father
It’s me against this world and I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care
Now, I don’t care

I’m young and I’m hopeless
I’m lost and I know this
I’m going nowhere fast, that’s what they say
That I’m troublesome, I’m fallen
I’m angry at my father
It’s me against this world and I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care

Credit: GOOD CHARLOTTE lyrics are property and copyright of their owners.

Image Credit: Flickr/Hunny Alrohaif (Creative Commons)


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