Bowling For Soup
High School Never Ends
Album: The Great Burrito Escape
Jarret Reddick can’t believe people are still acting like teenagers in the sanctimonous “High School Never Ends.”
Good-natured guitars open the single, setting a reasonable tone. He couldn’t wait until graduation. It meant being away from the popular girls who turned away from him and wouldn’t bother to say hello. The guys would tease him At work, though, people are gossiping and cliques are formed. He wishes people would just grow up. (“4 years you think for sure/That’s all you’ve got to endure/All the total dicks/All the stuck-up chicks/So superficial, so immature/Then when, you graduate/Ya take a look around and you say “Hey wait!”/This is the same as where I just came from/I thought it was over, Aw that’s just great.”)
In the chorus, he says it’s not just at work. It’s on the television and the magazines. (“The whole damned world is just as obsessed/With who‘s the best dressed and who’s having sex/Who‘s got the money, who gets the honeys/Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess/And you still don’t have the right look/And you don’t have the right friends/Nothing changes but the faces, the names and the trends/High school never ends.”)
He flips on the television. It’s an entertainment show. Jessica Simpson Scandal flashes across the screen. The reporter, with a concerned look, asks if Mary Kate Olsen is okay. Also, first look at Katie Holmes’ new baby! Which means the internet rumors about Tom Cruise are just that – rumors. People only care about being rich and having it all. (“Check out the popular kids/You’ll never guess what Jessica did!/And how did Mary Kate lose all that weight?/And Katie had a baby so I guess Tom’s straight!/And the only thing that matters/Is climbing up that social ladder/Still care about your hair and the car you drive/Doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 35/Reese Witherspoon, she’s the Prom Queen
Bill Gates, Captain of the chess team/Jack Black, the clown/Brad Pitt, the quarterback/Seen it all before/I want my money back.”)
A second chorus is sung. People like to hear about the trainwrecks. (“The whole damn world is just as obsessed/With who’s the best dressed and who’s having sex/Who’s in the club and who’s on the drugs/Who’s throwing up before they digest/And you still don’t have the right look/And you don’t have the right friends/And you still listen to the same shit you did back then/High school never ends/ High school never ends.”)
A third chorus is sung. (“The whole damn world is just as obsessed/With who‘s the best dressed and who‘s having sex/Who‘s got the money, who gets the honeys/Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess/And I still don’t have the right look/And I still have the same 3 friends/And I’m pretty much the same as I was back then/High school never ends (high school never ends)/High school never ends/Here we go again.”)
Reddick’s nasal delivery makes it tough to take him seriously. He has a point. It is annoying to see people fall back into cliques and stereotypes. However, it doesn’t get developed enough. More real world examples would’ve helped.
The pop culture references make their point. However, it does to get be overkill. Considering they are against it, they are knowledgeable about it. The Tom Cruise reference, at the time, is something someone would know if they followed celebrity gossip closely. It takes away from their argument.
The hypocritical “High School Never Ends” still acts like a teenager itself but won’t admit it.