Teenage Strategy

by Charlie Crane

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Does rock music keep you in a state of perpetual adolescence? This song isn't equipped to answer that question definitively, but having outlasted the lifespan of Shannon Hoon (whose mealy-mouthed reading of the line "I just want to keep my cheeks dry today" inspired the main hook), I am optimistic that music and maturity don't have mutual exclusivity.

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released June 27, 2017

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Track Name: Teenage Strategy
Guitar picks and fast food change, a lighter wallet and comb
The contents of my pockets when I'm far away from home
My friends with real jobs don't understand how I can sleep on a stranger's floor
But if I ever get my shit together, I think I'd only long for it more

And I just wanna keep my teenage strategy
I don't wanna second guess what's right for me
Don't wanna wake up tomorrow
Full of dim regrets and sorrow
And I never wanna grow dull
I wanna run from the lull
Wanna live life to the fullest while I can

When I was young I would write notes to who I thought I might become
And as I change I try to be loyal to the person I came from
I'm quite content to live the dream
No matter what that entails
I push aside well-meaning voices who say it's doomed to fail

Cuz I just wanna keep my teenage strategy
I don't wanna second guess what's right for me
Don't wanna wake up tomorrow
Full of dim regrets and sorrow
And I never wanna grow dull
I wanna run from the lull
Wanna live life to the fullest while I can

I don't mean to fill my friends with doubt or to worry the ones I care about
They've got my best interest in their mind
Sometimes I act in careless haste when I sense that something's going to waste
I don't wanna leave anything behind

This is the house I used to live in but I'm still singing this song
Surrounded by ephemera from the past while everybody else has gone
Looking through boxes of old notebooks til I find a faded scrap
Reminding me to always try new things and not fall into lazy traps

And I just gotta keep my teenage strategy
I don't wanna second guess what's right for me
Don't wanna wake up tomorrow
Full of dim regrets and sorrow
And I never wanna grow dull
I wanna run from the lull
Wanna live life to the fullest while I can