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I'm not talking about songs that have a dated sound (there's more than I could ever list). I'm referring to songs with a specific date or year in the lyrics, that are mentioned as the present or future. Like Prince's "1999" (which will not be played as much now that it's date has come and gone). These are songs for which the present or future they refer to, has come and gone. 1999 was the future in 1982, 1999 has now passed.

What I am NOT looking for, are songs like Bowling for Soup's "1985" which are written after the date they are talking about. This song is looking back, or written from the point of view of after the date mentioned.

We also accept lyrics that mention prices that are now dated, such as 10 cent pay phone calls. Lyrics that mention a persons age at the time and that person is now past said age, and lyrics that mentioned events that were current at the time of the song but have now passed are also accepted.

Basically anything that definitively dates a song by any means other than the way it "sounds". Words/phrases/singing styles or instruments that were used commonly in a time period but are no longer used that much today are not accepted.

Dated References, ARTIST

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Glen Campbell's, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"
The dated Lyrics:
By the time I make Albuquerque she'll be working
She'll probably stop at lunch and give me a call
But she'll just hear that phone keep on ringin'
Off the wall, that's all.
Why They're dated:
Voicemail did not exist in 1967.
Submitted by: Bob
Lynyrd Skynyrd's, "Workin’ for MCA"
The dated Lyrics:
Gonna give you lots of money
Workin’ for MCA.
Why They're dated:
MCA ceased to exist as a company in 1996.
Submitted by: David Jones
Weird Al Yankovic's, "Living With A Hernia"
The dated Lyrics:
Doctor says 'there ain't nothing to discuss'
He tells me any day I might have to wear a truss. WOW!
Why They're dated:
Trusses aren't used much anymore. Most hernias are left to heal on their own.
Submitted by: I Met And Seen Weird Al In Person!
Wilbert Harrison's, "Kansas City"
The dated Lyrics:
Gonna be standing on the corner
Twelfth Street and Vine.
Why They're dated:
In Kansas City, Missouri, the intersection of 12th Street and Vine Street hasn't existed since at least 1990.
Submitted by: Bob
Weird Al Yankovic's, "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?"
The dated Lyrics:
And now I'll have to wait for the rerun to see the part of the show I missed.
Why They're dated:
This was true when the song came out in 2003, but now you can watch the episode online or On Demand.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
Jim Croce's, "Bad Bad Leroy Brown"
The dated Lyrics:
He got a .32 gun in his pocket for fun
He got a razor in his shoe.
Why They're dated:
If Leroy Brown stays in the bars these days he MIGHT be just fine; but security being what it is after 9-11, having a razor hidden in his shoe will only get him into more trouble than a jealous husband will give him!
Submitted by: Doug Montgomery
Merle Haggard's, "Okie From Muskogee"
The dated Lyrics:
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin' right and bein' free
Why They're dated:
The draft was replaced with the all-volunteer approach to military service in 1973...
Submitted by: Tarzan
Dolly Parton's, "Straight Talk"
The dated Lyrics:
Straight talk, straight talk - there's nothing like the truth
Just tell me all your troubles -- pretend I'm Donahue
Why They're dated:
Phil Donahue's eponymous talk show went off the air in 1996 and he later hosted a political show also titled "Donahue" on MSNBC that went off the air in 2003.
Submitted by: Tarzan
Dolly Parton's, "Straight Talk"
The dated Lyrics:
Straight talk, straight talk - turn loose and let it go
You can tell me anything - just like on Oprah's show
Why They're dated:
Oprah's eponymous talk show went off the air in 2011.
Submitted by: Tarzan
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "Craigslist"
The dated Lyrics:
Well, we shared a quick glance
Saturday at the mall
I never took a chance
Never approached you at all
You were a blonde half-Asian with a bad case of gas
I was wearin' red Speedos and a hockey mask
Come on, let's find that love connection that we missed
Why They're dated:
Craigslist no longer runs personal ads like this
Submitted by: rachel c

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