On the surface, this is a hopeful song celebrating the virtues of youth, but a closer listen reveals a fear of aging and death. The song was written during the Cold War, where the singer is "hoping for the best, but expecting the worst; are you gonna drop the bomb or not?"
Alphaville was a German synthpop/rock music group. The song was not a big hit when it was released, but has become well known as a result of its use in movies and TV shows. Among its uses are these TV shows: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (episode 103: "Underage Drinking: A National Concern") Queer As Folk (season 1, episode 18) One Tree Hill (season 4, episode 16). And these movies: Listen To Me Napoleon Dynamite (in the school dance scene). It was also used in commercials for Saturn ION automobiles.
This was written by Alphaville members Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens.
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