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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
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Skid Row - 18 and Life Lyrics


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