In class the other day my teacher invited us to analyze a love poem that is by far one of the most famous of Latin American poetry. The professor labeled the poem as, "cliche, sappy, and elaborate metaphors." Everyone tried to defend the poem in one way or another- but the professor wasn't accepting their arguments. He wanted an answer as to why so many would except a piece of literature as brilliant when it wasn't at all. I raised my hand with out thinking and found myself relating the poem to pop punk. People are quick to mock its immaturity, but there isn't a soul out there who doesn't secretly love it. It's the cliche verses that sell, the experiences we have we can't describe that they capture. I then turned to the class and dropped the name "Dashboard Confessionals??? " Most nodded- they couldn't refuse my explanation. The girl behind me even put her hands up in the air like they were on an imaginary steering wheel and while swaying her head back and forth shouted, "YOUR HAIR IS EVERYWHERE!"
My point exactly.
Although my pop punk days are behind me, I will proudly admit that I have spent countless hours with Alison in the car singing Dashboard at the top of our lungs, dedicating every song to a different boy. I will also admit to loving The Ataris, Good Charlotte, and The Juliana Theory. Now is your time to fess up too. Leave me your favorite pop punk lyrics that got you through high school below. It will be therapeutic for all.