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Throwback Video of the Week: The Verve Pipe- The Freshman

If you were a teen or tween in 1997, you knew this song. It was HUGE. Everyone wanted to know what the song was about:
When I was young I knew everything
And she, a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I’m guilt-stricken, sobbin’ with my head on the floor
Stopped a baby’s breath and a shoe full of rice, no

Can’t be held responsible
She was touchin’ her face
I won’t be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me
I can not remember
What made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise
For the life of me
I can not believe we’d ever die
For these sins
We were merely freshmen

From Wikipedia:

In a 2019 interview with Songfacts, Vander Ark said:

“…It’s for the most part a made-up story, which most of my songs are. These are stories that I come up with, and I do characters. Part of the story was true in the fact that I had gone out with a girl and my buddy had gone out with her after I went out with her, and then I went out with her again and then she ended up getting pregnant and having an abortion. But from there, there’s poetic license that happens and makes the story more dramatic. A neophyte writer that I was, I ended up having her commit suicide, and that never happened.”[3]

Vander Ark also stated that he never found out whether the baby was his or his friend’s.


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