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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, Prefab Sprout

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A Best Of Prefab Sprout: A Life Of Surprises: album at
Prefab Sprout's, "Diana"
The dated Lyrics:
Her eyes china blue stars - she's born that way
She tastes like apple strudel
- you can tell she does
With arms that hold swet William to her breast
I hope they're crying in their sleep
For promises they cannot keep
That's why the boys and girls love Diana
Why They're dated:
Recorded in 1985 for the 'Protest Songs' album (which was then put in storage until '89 because it didn't seem a punchy enough follow-up to their breakthrough 'Steve McQueen' aka 'Two Wheels Good') this is one of the first pop songs about Diana. princess of Wales. Paddy seems to be after the media hype around Lady Di here. The final verse quoted almost presages the break-up of the marriage.
Submitted by: Mel

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