Bastards of Young

Songfacts®:

  • Fitting with the rebellious nature of The Replacements, this song is about a lost generation. The references to "Elvis" and the "Baby Boom" imply their parents, who see them as nothing more than tax deductions. "Bastard" is a derogatory term for a child born out of wedlock.
  • Some have speculated that the chorus is actually, "We are the sons of Norway" (somewhat fitting, given the Minnesota birthplace of all members) but, (famously) as no lyric sheet was ever provided by the band, it remains speculation. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Levittown, NY
  • The video is a black-and-white, single shot of a stereo system playing the song. He see a guy enter the frame, lie on the couch and smoke a cigarette, but we never see his face. At the end of the clip, he kicks over a speaker and leaves.

Comments: 8

  • Coen from Vlissingen, NlI thought they considered themselves as bastard sons of Neil Young
  • Aaron from Illinois Unwillingness to claim us, we've got no whores to name us.... And Pete's pickin cotton and waiting to be forgotten
  • Rabbit Bunny from Westminster MdSometimes I feel misunderstood! I love the MATS! A perfect Rebel Rock song!
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this song, such angst. The video had to be the cheapest I have ever seen. It is just a camera on a big stereo speaker...
  • Jason from Tampa, FlThe third verse is clearly a tribute to their fans. ("The ones who love us best are the ones we'll lay to rest
    And visit their graves on holidays at best").

  • Nick from Port Douglas, AustraliaB of Y is a great tune but hard to cover,i had a tribute replacements band,'Little Mascara' together in Sydney in the 90s as a drunken joke and we did quite well.I remember we struggled with that tune
  • Dan from Davis, CaThe Sons of Norway is a fraternal order in Minneapolis with a large building in the Uptown district. Westerberg wrote B of Y after the Mats played a gig there.
  • M Paul from Green Bay, Wiwe are the sons of no one-----income tax deduction-one hell of a function--it beats pickin' cotton and waitin' to be forgotton. westerberg is a genius
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Facebook, Bromance and Email - The First Songs To Use New Words

Facebook, Bromance and Email - The First Songs To Use New WordsSong Writing

Do you remember the first time you heard "email" in a song? How about "hater" or "Facebook"? Here are the songs where they first showed up.

Bible Lyrics

Bible LyricsMusic Quiz

Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The Remasters

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersSong Writing

Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.

Maria Muldaur

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.