It’s pretty simple to tell the story of your life, but to have your life story told in the form of lyrical rock n’ roll is a way to make it more interesting. Being a young adult in today’s world certainly is no different than being a young adult in any world. That is what projects the poetry of timeless tales from a rock band called Poison. Sure they have had their share of fame from some of their monster hit singles and Bret Michaels might be the poster boy for the “never too old for a comeback” campaign. However, none of that matters when matching their ideas with an ordinary tale of romance between a boy and a girl.
Being a teenager in high school doesn’t place much responsibility on you outside of academics and possibly part time work. With that in mind, the tune of good grades and money get drowned out by the heavy metal that is first love lust. Bret Michaels had plenty of Rock of Lusts, even a few Rock of Loves, but for a teenage kid, the first love is always the most naive. In their song “Talk Dirty to Me,” they describe the passion of these two teenagers wanted to explore the nature of free spirited, irresponsible sex. With that comes the struggles of overcoming obstacle of privacy. It might be pretty “ballsy” to take the old man’s car out to try and find a place to pursue this young magic, however, not the most comfortable spot. Even behind the bushes can seem pretty clever and exhibitionist but depending on the weather and perhaps the chance of animal excrement on the ground, it could be the cold shower they weren’t looking for. Finally, after teasing each other all day and struggling all night to find the perfect place to consummate, In the cellar of a basement is the setting for this romance. Sometimes simple is just easier. The moral of this short story is that if teenagers put this much effort into finding the perfect spot to spend 10 minutes imagine how much better off they would be in the world of academia.
After all of that passion has settled down, the boy and his girl are faced with the reality that their endless love does have a ticker. As college is approaching, the fork in the road is becoming clearer and their destiny to split to go their own ways in life hits them. All the young lovers can do is maximize the time they have left and reminisce about the times they spent together. What Poison brings out harmoniously in their song “I won’t forget you,” is that with physical distance comes emotional distance and all that passion they once shared would be bottled up into a jar of memories. With heartbreak and sadness comes experience and brightness to new beginnings. It seems a tear in the tissue is worth 2 in the bush?
As the boy and the girl grow up and enter the real world, this is the time to take chances. Sometimes, buying a one way ticket to a fresh start is all it takes to make those dreams come true. Yet, sometimes all it takes is a one way ticket to a crash ending. The importance of decision making is displayed in the song “Mama’s Fallen Angel” as a young girl takes a chance on a big city. The girl begins to discover that maybe her big move wasn’t what she bargained for. Perhaps with the days getting harder and longer, the urge for giving up on her dreams and heading back to be with her other half was a deal worth going back to. After lots of rethinking, she came to realize that she should stop selling herself on a fallen relationship, but that she should start selling herself as a career woman with independence. As weeks go by, it seems that seems not only heals wounds, but also mends a clear understanding of what she must do. It wasn’t about the boy anymore, it was about how her dreams were starting to come true and how she was embracing it full force. As her feelings changed, so did her outlook on life. Whether she rose to the top or sank to the bottom, she knew this was the life she wanted to live.
Meanwhile, back at home, the boy hears of what his first love has been up to in the big city. He develops these strong feelings of betrayal. As her heart heals, his heart breaks, and love for him has changed for the bad. He begins to do some thinking of his own and asks himself “was it something I did or something I said? I tried not to hurt you.” As Poison puts it so softly, he understands that maybe he had no control over this and that he couldn’t save this relationship. She had found a new love, her career and her fame, as he has never felt smaller. He opened his eyes a bit more and saw that she was the thorn to their rose.
Although this love story wasn’t the tale that young loves set out for, it’s a realistic version of what happens as teenagers grow into adults. As Bret Michaels sings his tunes for money, one might find this emotional puberty as a lesson to be learned. A word of advice Bret Michaels might suggest is that you shouldn’t worry about the big picture a sometimes just look for nothing more than a good time. Reverting back to the point, is that teenagers and young adults take on a lot in their inexperienced lives. It doesn't matter the lifestyle one happens to end up living, it seems these issues that are encountered make everyone one in the same.