Bastards of Young

Album: Tim (1985)
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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: 10

  • Nick A from Minneapolis Lyrics are actually "Wait on the sons of no one" ..

    It took years for someone to pick up on the fact that the chorus is "Wait on the sons on no one", not "We are the sons of no one." I didn't even know that - I wrote it and forgot it. I actually took it from a chapter in the Bible."

    Paul Westerberg, Spin Magazine (April 2010)

    "The ones who love us least Are the ones we'll die to please" perfectly sums up The Replacements, self critical, adverse to popularity and pleasing the masses.
  • John from Los AngelesHey Jason from Tampa, I always thought they were talking about their families with "the ones that love us best," line. After all, do you really think the replacements are going to visit their fans graves on holidays? If so, I'm all for them visiting mine, but I do think this is more about how when you are young, you spend a lot of time worrying about how you are thought of by people you won't even know anymore in five years.
  • 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
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