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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, Neil Diamond

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"Neil Diamond - 12 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" album at
Neil Diamond's, "I'm Sayin' I'm Sorry"
The dated Lyrics:
She's sittin' up there and fumin'.
She thinks I'm something inhuman.
She'd rather be with Paul Newman.
Why They're dated:
Since Paul Newman died in 2008, he's probably no longer a good choice as to whom she'd rather be with.
Submitted by: Brenda Kohn
Neil Diamond's, "If You Know What I Mean"
The dated Lyrics:
When we gave it away, for the sake of a dream
In a penny arcade, if you know what I mean
Why They're dated:
While the song was written from a nostalgic viewpoint, the term "penny arcade" sounds almost like the late 19th/early 20th Century. By 1976 (the year the song was released), penny arcades were mostly obsolete, mostly being replaced by pinball arcades; soon after, they became known as video arcades.
Submitted by: RJSchex

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