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Real Lyrics -> Dated References -> Neil Young

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 Young

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After The Gold Rush album at
Neil Young's, "After the Goldrush"
The dated Lyrics:
Look at mother nature on the run in the 1970's
Why They're dated:
I don't know if he still performs this song, but the 70's ended more than 25 years ago. Note that I added the words 'more than' just so this comment won't become dated as well.
Submitted by: JD
Neil Young's, "Dreamin' Man"
The dated Lyrics:
In the meadow dusk, I parked my Aerostar
Why They're dated:
Although the Ford Aerostar was very popular when this song was written, few are still in use thanks to poor quality, atrocious reliability and a tendency toward severe rusting.
Submitted by: Mr. K
Neil Young's, "Lookin' For A Leader"
The dated Lyrics:
Maybe it's Obama,
but he thinks that he's too young.
Maybe it's Colin Powell
to right what he's done wrong.
Why They're dated:
This song came out in 2006 offering suggestions for the next President of the United States. Obama stopped thinking he was too young and successfully ran for President in 2008. He left office after two terms rendering him ineligible for a third. And Colin Powell died in 2021, so he's no longer an option either.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

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