“D.A.R.E: To Keep a Kid Off Drugs”

Back in grade school, we had the D.A.R.E program: an educational initiative to teach children about the dangers of drugs. A police officer would come in and tell us stuff, and then the majority of the kids would then go on to experiment with drugs years later.

The D.A.R.E. mascot: a gateway to drug-fueled furry parties?

One of the program’s highlights was the graduation ceremony, an embarrassing affair where the entire school congregated in the gymnasium and witnessed the commencing class sing the song least likely to keep a kid off drugs. I remember the first pangs of embarrassment in my life as I sang this so-called song as the majority of the school gawked at me like I was slowly choking a dog. I may as well have been.

Anywho, here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

 

The world’s a different place

Where life’s become a race

And unlike the world of the past

Our kids grow up too fast

 

Cause what they see in-store

Is threats and bombs and war

And that deadly game they talk

That happiness is gone

 

So the children of today

Have had time for child’s play

They feel they’re all alone

Even strangers in their home

 

So to hide the pain and tears

They destroy their youthful years

By giving up on love and hugs

And escaping into drugs

 

And if we say we won’t help

Cause the problem isn’t mine

Then it’s more than just a shame

All I can carry is a crime

 

Dare to keep a kid off drugs

Dare to keep a kid off dope

Dare to give a kid some help

Dare to give a kid some hope

 

Dare to keep a kid off drugs

Dare to keep a kid off dope

Dare to give a kid some help

Dare to give a kid some hope

 

Help us

Kid off drugs

Help us now we really need it

***

Yeah, I don’t think that helped at all.

JUH?
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