10 Classic Songs About Growing Up And Getting Away

Dreaming of leaving it all behind? Maybe you’re packing that suitcase now. There’s a song for that.

1. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Eric Burdon

“We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you.”

2. Don’t Stop Believing, Journey

“Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere.”

3. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

“Someday girl I don’t know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run”

4. Somewhere, West Side Story

“There’s a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we’re halfway there.
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow, Some day, Somewhere!”

5. Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi

“Whooah, we’re half way there
Livin on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it - I swear
Livin on a prayer”

6. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

“We won’t have to drive too far
Just ‘cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living”

7. She’s Leaving Home, The Beatles

“She (what did we do that was wrong)
Is Having (we didn’t know it was wrong)
Fun (fun is the one thing that money can’t buy)
Something inside that was always denied
For so many years.
She’s leaving home. Bye, bye”

8. Rainbow Connection, The Muppet Movie

“Someday we’ll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me”

9. Climb Every Mountain, performed by Shirley Bassey

“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.”

10. Changes, David Bowie

“And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through”

Bonus: Jack and Diane, John Mellencamp

“Hold on to 16 as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men”

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