Song Lyric Sunday 9/24/17 – Acting My Age

Rules – an interesting topic for sure. I’ve got to say Helen never disappoints with her themes for Song Lyric Sunday. Alas, as soon as I read the prompt a certain song popped in my head and I’m like “nah, someone is sure to duplicate that one” so I decided to pick this incredibly obscure song but an even more obscure band.

Do you remember growing up and when you acted like a two-year old whist being a teenager your parents would always tell you to “act your age?” It’s as though society has certain expectations and rules about how someone of a certain age should act. I don’t know as though I always agree with those rules, but for shits and giggles let’s say they exist and we should act our respective ages.

So my pick for this week is a song called “Acting My Age” by a late 1970s/early 1980s band called Graduate. Graduate had very little success as a band, and unless you’re “in the pit” as it were, there’s a reason you’ve never heard of this band – their music is kind of cringeworthy. Alas, this song is hilarious and just plain fun. Although the writer is unknown, I have a definite idea of who probably wrote the song (I will disclose the probably songwriter’s name later).

Now, as hard as it might be to believe, the two individuals who headed up this band later went on to become a real powerhouse in the 1980s, but before I tell you who they became, have a listen and in this still, look at the two people on the far left to see if you can recognize them. If so, you’ll know who they became. If not, I’ll tell you after you have a listen (hint: note the earring on the dude in the lower left corner).

I always walk on the other side of the street
And I never shake hands with the people I meet
And they always dispute the things I know
Guess I’d like to tell them where to go
Guess I wish they’d stop searching me
There’s no god, there’s no church in me
There’s an evil that lurks in me
Can’t you see

I always comb my hair the other way
And I’m always obscure in the things I say
There’s a pile of opinions in my brain
They’re so different but they sound the same

Paranoia (?) it’s meant to be
I’m not a toy and it’s plain to see
Paranoia is what I mean
Can’t you see

Well you always say it’s so unusual
You always say it’s strange
Why I’m always acting like a fool
You know I’m never ever acting my age
Acting my age

I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t shave
But I’m told i’m going through a phase
And I’m told I’m thinking like a kid
But I see the world for what it is

If you want it then you’ll receive
All the hatred that’s locked in me
Don’t forget that you hold the key
Wait and see

Well you always say it’s so unusual
You always say it’s strange
Why I’m always acting like a fool
You know I’m never ever acting my age
Acting my age

I always walk on the other side of the street
And I never shake hands with the people I meet
And they always dispute the things I know
Guess I’d like to tell them where to go

Guess I wish they’d stop searching me
There’s no god, there’s no church in me
There’s an evil that lurks in me
Can’t you see?

Well you always say it’s so unusual
You always say it’s strange
Why I’m always acting like a fool
You know I’m never ever acting my age

You always say it’s so unusual
You always say it’s strange
Why I’m always acting like a fool
You know I’m never ever acting my age
I’m never ever acting my age
I’m never, never, never acting my age
Source: https://www.flashlyrics.com/lyrics/graduate/acting-my-age-87

OK, if you didn’t recognize them by the picture or the voice on the lead vocal, here’s your answer: Graduate is a long-defunct band headed up by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Yep, Graduate was headed up by the duo who eventually went on to become Tears for Fears. Talk about a seismic shift in both lyrical content and musical composition huh? Yeah, I found it hard to believe at first myself. Anyway, as Orzabal is the main songwriter for TFF, I’m assuming this song was also written by Orzabal but I wouldn’t be willing to bet money on it.

Anyway, what a difference a few years makes huh? It’s so difficult to believe these are the same two people but they are. You don’t believe me you can Google it yourself.

Anyway, that’s a wrap for this week. By all means check out some of Graduate’s other songs if you wish, but yeah, there’s a reason they never really made it as a band. I think it’s safe to say it’s a good thing for all of us Graduate dissolved and made way for TFF – otherwise we’d have been subjected to this cringeworthy music rather than the deep yet meaningful music and lyrics of TFF.

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8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 9/24/17 – Acting My Age

    • Hah. True. This is one of their less cringeworthy songs. For some more Graduate material check out songs such as “Elvis Should Play Ska,” “Bad Dreams,” “Shut Up,” “Premature Baby,” “Ever Met a Day,” etc.

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  1. Well, you’re right, no one would have duplicated this one, Lynn. But somehow I kinda liked it. I think the lyrics are pretty relevant today. Maybe it’ll be covered one day and resurrected.

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  2. Somehow I knew you’d get TFF in there somewhere. 🙂 I really liked the lyrics… I’ve always wanted to be more of a rule-breaker, especially when it comes to age and looks and clothes. I’ve never really had the courage (except maybe with my hair) and that only really happened in the last few years. I think the rules you’re referring to are absolutely a thing even though they aren’t spelled out anywhere. You wouldn’t believe some of the comments I got when I shaved my head in support of my sister’s breast cancer. It still makes me cringe when I think about those people.

    Anyway, great choice!

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    • I’m definitely a rule breaker with my “guyliner,” earrings, tattoos, booty shorts/”Davy” Dukes, you name it. I’ve always been one to do things a bit differently. Maybe I was just born a generation too late? Who knows.

      Anyway, that makes me sick you got hateful remarks of that sort. I’m no stranger to hateful remarks but man, it’s still ridiculous. Hopefully all is well now.

      But yes, it’s hard to wonder if Roland and Curt had any idea they would one day become TFF when they were in Graduate. It’s almost hard to believe they’re the same band.

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      • I have the utmost respect for you and all the rule-breakers who choose to wear what they want and be true to themselves. Everything is good now, but it’s just shocking that people are so hateful about differences.

        It is interesting to wonder about them, but I’m sure they had no idea who they would eventually become. It’s nice to know they evolved, though. 🙂

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  3. Interesting song. I admit…when I saw “acting your age”, the first SING to pop into my head was Meat Loaf’s “Everything Louder Than Everything Else”.

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