18 and Life (3:49)

Cover of Skid Row

From Skid Row and 52 other releases

Album: Skid Row Released: 1989

Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo wrote this song after reading in a local newspaper about an 18-year-old boy who shot his friend by accident. He thought the gun wasn’t loaded, and eventually ended up in prison for life.

This song achieved a great success and was MTV’s most played video in 1989.

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Ricky was a young boy, he had a heart of stone
Lived 9 to 5 and he worked his fingers to the bone
Just barely get out of school, came from the edge of town
Fought like a switchblade so no one could take him down, oh no

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