Making fun of music, one song at a time. Since the year 2000.
Check out the two amIright misheard lyrics books including one book devoted to misheard lyrics of the 1980s.
(Toggle Right Side Navigation)

Real Lyrics -> Dated References -> The Royal Guardsmen

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, The Royal Guardsmen

Check out the index or search for other performers.

Best of the Royal Guardsmen album at
The Royal Guardsmen's, "Snoopy For President"
The dated Lyrics:
The time had come in '68 to elect a president
Why They're dated:
'68 came and went long ago. In fact, the 'in '68' part is edited out on the 'Anthology' CD version so as not to appear dated.
Submitted by: helena
Royal Guardsmen's, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron"
The dated Lyrics:
After the turn of the century
Why They're dated:
This line (the first in the song) refers to the turn of the 20th century, not the 21st like many people now believe when 'turn of the century' is by itself. So people who are new to the song (or were new to it after 2000 but now understand the lyrics, me for example) will at first think it's the turn of the 21st century.
Submitted by: Jeffrey Hope

New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Brian Kelly. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.


Would you like to Submit Some Lyrics for a Song We're always looking for more entries.


Disclaimer: makes no claims to the accuracy of the correct lyrics. All correct lyrics are copyrighted, does not claim ownership of the original lyrics.