Jack And Diane

Words & Music:

John Cougar Mellencamp


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A little ditty about Jack and Diane.

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Two American kids growin' up in the heartland.

Jack, he's gonna be a football star.

Diane's a debutante in the back seat of Jackie's car.


Suckin' on a chili dog outside the Tastee Freeze.

Diane sittin' on Jackie's lap, he's got his hands between her knees.

Jackie says, "Hey, Diane, let's run off behind a shady tree.

Dribble off those Bobbie Brooks, let me do what I please."



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Oh, yeah, life goes on

Long after the thrill of living is gone.

Oh, yeah, life goes on

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Long after the thrill of living is gone


Jackie sits back, collects his thoughts for a moment,

Scratches his head and does his best James Dean.

"Well, then, there, Diane, you gotta run off to the city

Diane says, "Baby, you ain't missin' a thing."




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Oh, let it rock, let it roll!

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Let the Bible Belt come and save my soul.

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Hold on to sixteen as long as you can.

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Change is comin' 'round real soon, make us women and men.


A little ditty about Jack and Diane,

Two American kids doin' the best that they can.


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