Songwriting: Lyrics Expiration Date?

mom says don’t forget / a good education is one thing you’d have forever / besides that tattoo hand me my cigarettes / she says / you’ve got to be patient or you’ll end up with someone like daddy and a kid that’s just like you In “So Dark Out There Sometimes,” which I first recorded with The Buskers in 1999, the mother in the lyric–call her white trash if you will–berates her daughter for getting a tramp stamp. But when I recorded the song again with the Craig Jaster Trio in 2017, my wife mentioned in passing that these days it would be no big deal. In other words, it's a generation later, and the girl with the ink could now be the mom, who might even want to go get matching mother daughter

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