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As we discuss bad influences on our children that don't involve anyone we know personally, one name comes up again and again: a musician whose hypnotic, cult-like influence over the young people of today is legendary -- who speaks to them in terms of angst, despondency, and bleak, dismal emptiness. We are speaking, of course, of John Mellencamp. A quick look over his lyrics reveals the messages he sends to his impressionable fans. Is this want we want for them? What about the children?


"I need a lover who won't drive me crazy. Some girl who'll thrill me, then just go away." -- I Need a Lover


"They told me, when I was younger, said 'Boy, you're gonna be president.' But just like everything else, those little crazy dreams just kinda came and went." -- Pink Houses


"I fight authority but authority always wins." -- The Authority Song


"Gonna die in a small town, that's probably where they'll bury me." -- Small Town


"Some people ain't no damn good. You can't trust 'em, you can't love 'em, no good deed goes unpunished." -- Crumblin' Down


"Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone." -- Jack and Diane

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