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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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Reba McEntire's, "Why Haven't I Heard From You"
The dated Lyrics:
As crazy little thing they call the telephone
Now there's one on every corner, in back of every bar.
Why They're dated:
Pay phones are obsolete.
Submitted by: Tarzan
The dated Lyrics:
Here comes the eagle, here comes the bear
And they be fighting to control the Lion dominion
But the load gonna come tumblin' down
But the load gonna come tumblin' down Wayo Wayo
But the load gonna come tumblin' down Jah Jah know
But the load gonna come tumblin' down Jah Jah know
Why They're dated:
The eagle represents the USA and the bear the USSR which is gone. The Lion is the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, an east African image of Jesus Christ. This song is about the Cold War which practically ended when the Revolutions of 1989 occurred. Jah is an Ethiopian name for God, who is eternal. The load "tumbled down" and the Cold War ended with everyone on planet Earth winning.
Submitted by: Steel Wheels Ryder
Jay Sean's, "2012 (It Ain't the End)"
The dated Lyrics:
Party like it's the end of the world. We gonna party like, like it's 2012.
Why They're dated:
2012 has now passed.
Submitted by: Steve
Ringo Starr's, "I'm The Greatest"
The dated Lyrics:
Now I'm only 32,
And all I wanna do is boogaloo...
Why They're dated:
Ringo WAS 32 when he recorded this song (in 1972); MANY years have passed since.
Submitted by: Chowder
Roberta Flack's, "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
The dated Lyrics:
I felt all flushed with fever
Embarrassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
Why They're dated:
Having one's letters read by someone other than the intended recipient, especially a total stranger, would have been disconcerting in 1973. Today, one must be concerned about unwanted reading of one's emails (which is much easier to do).
Submitted by: Bob
Tracy Byrd's, "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous"
The dated Lyrics:
They're gonna put us on
Lifestyles of the not so rich and famous
Why They're dated:
This song is a spoof of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous TV show, which went off the air in 1995.
Submitted by: Bob
Brownsville Station's, "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
The dated Lyrics:
Now, teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules.
But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school.
Why They're dated:
Back in 1973, it was taboo for a student to smoke, especially at a K-12 campus. Since most school districts are now tobacco-free, the teachers cannot smoke in a campus restroom, either.
Submitted by: Bob
Sheryl Crow's, "Soak Up the Sun"
The dated Lyrics:
My friend the Communist
Holds meetings in his RV
I can't afford his gas
So I'm stuck here watching TV
I don't have digital
I don't have diddly squat
It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got
Why They're dated:
Back in 2002, you had pay for digital TV service. By the end of 2009, all broadcast TV had switched to digital.
Submitted by: PK9
Wanderlust's, "I Walked"
The dated Lyrics:
It was 1999 and I loved you and I
Why They're dated:
But it was 1995 when the song came out. Perhaps they're thinking too far ahead?
Submitted by: Neneh Blueberry
Oingo Boingo's, "Wake Up (It's 1984)"
The dated Lyrics:
Wake up, it's 1984
Why They're dated:
1984 is long gone!
Submitted by: Isac

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