Dennis DeYoung sang about 2011 ... in 1980's 'Rockin' the Paradise'
It's hard to imagine too many parallels between 1980 and 2011, musically anyway. But former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung says at least one fan has noticed an economic relationship. On his official website, Dennis recently provided this insight in his "Letters from Dennis" section.
"Hey everybody, I met House of Representives Dan Lipinski at a concert where I was performing a few years back and he mentioned to me how the lyrics to Rockin the Paradise held special meaning to him. I began to think about it and realized that these words I had written in 1980 sadly were once again relevant. The reason is simple, they were describing my feelings about the worst recession America had faced since the great depression, that is until now... Hit rewind."
"What'cha doing tonight
Have you heard that the world's gone crazy
Young Americans listen when I say
There's people putting us down
I know they're saying that we've gone lazy
To tell you the truth we've all seen better days."
"Don't need no fast buck, lame duck, profits for fun
Quick trick plans take the money and run
We need the long term, slow burn, getting it done
And some straight talking, hard working son of a gun."
"So what'cha doing tonight
I got faith in our generation
Let's stick together and futurize our attitudes
I ain't looking to fight
But I know with determination
We can chalenge the schemers who cheat all the rules."
"Come 'on and take pride, be wise in spotting the fools
Big shots, crackpots, bending the rules
A fair shot here for me and for you
Knowing that we can't lose
And we'll be
Rocking in Paradise, rocking the Paradise tonight
Rocking in Paradise, rocking the Paradise tonight."