When I was a child, The hippies were gonna save the world, They were gonna fight hatred With a smile.
When I was a child, We sent men to the moon, And they came home again Abandoned, alone.
When I was a child, The adults fought the war Burning their draft cards And marching for the cause.
When I was a child, Richard Nixon was the president, And he resigned his office For a petty criminal offense.
When I was a child, America was the height of power, Envied throughout the world, Until we sold her strength For a box of rhetoric.
When I was a child, but older now, There was a disco inferno And John Travolta ruled the world.
When I was a child, but older still, Jimmy Carter was the president; He wanted to make peace And for that we gave him the boot In his seat.
When I was a child, but older yet, All the hippies sold their ideals For material goods and bourgeois dreams Becoming yuppies, forgetting their peaceful dreams.
When I was a child, but almost a man, Ronald Reagan was our president, And his wife Nancy ruled our land, With executive decision by astrology.
And somehow, When I was a child, I survived it all, grew up strong, And became the man I am now.