John Cougar Mellencamp
Jack and Diane
Original Translation of Slang/Cultural references

Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin up in the heartland
Jacky's gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jacky's car

ditty song
heartland the American Midwest. Mellencamp is from Indiana.
gonna going to
debutante backseat of Jacky's car a debutante is a girl from a wealthy family who has reached marriageable age and spends her time going to parties to meet a husband. Since Diane spends her time having sex with Jack in the car, it is safe to assume this is meant ironically.

Suckin' on chili dogs outside the Tastee Freeze
Diane's sittin' on Jacky's lap
He's got his hand between her knees
Jacky say, "Hey Diane let's run off
Behind a shady tree
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please."
And Jacky say,

CHORUS
"Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone
Oh yeah say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin is gone." They walk on

chili dogs hot dogs with chili con carne sauce Tastee Freeze an American restaurant specializing in soft serve ice cream. Typically the seating for this restaurant is outdoor picnic tables. This and the fact that it's inexpensive make it a popular gathering spot for teenagers.




Dribble off those Bobby Brooks take off your pants. Bobbie Brooks was a popular clothing brand for young women in the 70s and 80s

say says

Jacky sits back reflects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head and does his best James Dean
"Well you know Diane, we oughta run off to the city
Diane says, "Baby, you ain't missin' nothing."
Jacky say, "uh

CHORUS

Gonna let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come and save my soul
Hold on to 16 as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids doing the best they can


does his best James Dean acts like Dean, the famous "cool" actor of the 1950s
oughta ought to
you ain't missin' nothing you're not missing anything






Bible Belt area of the US extending more or less from Florida in the south to Texas in the west, going as far north as Virginia. It is called the Bible Belt because of the large fundamentalist Christian population there. Even today, some people in this area protest the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools because they believe it contradicts the Bible.

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