Are You Old Enough

Dragon

About Are You Old Enough

"Are You Old Enough?" is a song by New Zealand-Australian rock band Dragon, released in August 1978. It was released as the first single from the group's fifth studio album O Zambezi (1978). The song peaked at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report, becoming the group's first number-one single.


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Ten years in the jailer's eye
An' I'm thinkin' 'bout my baby
Looking at my life go by
Falling in the streets I'm broke
An' I'm laughing at the poor man
Talking to the blind man

See the lady in the street car lights
Colour a la Toulouse
Television and the red red wine
So won't you tell me
Won't you tell me the truth

Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough oo oo
Are you old enough oh oh

Time goes and here we stand
Laughing at the side show
Sinking in the quick sand
The other side of another world
Scratch my back go the coloured girls
Yeah, oh yeah

I just wanted to kiss someone
I got the moondog blues
You just happened to be standing there
So won't you tell me
Won't you tell me the truth

Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough oo oo
Are you old enough oh oh

See the lady in the street car lights
Got a whole lot to lose
Television and the red red wine
So won't you tell me
Won't you tell me the truth

Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough oo oo
Are you old enough oh oh

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Dragon

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. more »

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Written by: PAUL HEWSON

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14 facts about this song

Release Date
"Are You Old Enough" by Dragon was released in June 1978.
Song Classification
"Are You Old Enough" is a pop rock song.
Album
The song is from the album "O Zambezi," which is the fifth studio album by Australian rock band Dragon.
Chart Position
"Are You Old Enough" topped the New Zealand and Australian Kent Music Report singles chart in 1978.
Song Duration
The song lasts for four minutes and four seconds.
Songwriter
"Are You Old Enough" was written by Marc Hunter and Paul Hewson.
Band Members
The band members at the time of recording were Marc Hunter, Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Terry Chambers, and Paul Hewson.
Certifications
The song achieved Gold status in Australia.
Cover Versions
The song was covered by several artists, including punk rock band, Screeching Weasel, in their 2020 album titled "Some Freaks of Atavism".
Pop Culture Reference
"Are You Old Enough" is played in the background in the 2018 film, "Boy Erased," which dramatizes the real-life experiences of a gay teenager sent to conversion therapy.
Recognition
This track is objectively identified as Dragon's biggest hit, and it has become a classic of Australasian popular music.
Rewritten Lyrics
When Dragon was touring the US in early 1980, they were asked to change the lyrics to "Are You Old Enough," as the lyrics referred to a young girl wanting to leave home.
Later Recordings
Dragon re-recorded "Are You Old Enough" in 1983 for their album called "Body and the Beat."
Controversy
Despite the song's enduring popularity, it has garnered criticism over the years for its suggestive lyrics, which some interpret as promoting relationships with underage girls.

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