American Teen
Lyrics Khalid

Written by: Khalid Robinson, Atilla Elçi, Orlando Gomez, Alfredo Gonzalez, Leslie Johnson

Produced by: Hiko Momoji

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Living the good life full of goodbyes
My eyes are on the grey skies
Saying I don't want to come home tonight
Yeah, and I'm high up, off what?
I don't even remember
But my friend passed out in the Uber ride

Oh, I'm from the city of the 9-1-5
Where all the girls are pretty
And they're down for the hype
All my boys are with me
Going up for the night
But who cares, who cares
'Cause this is our year

So wake me up in the spring
While I'm high off my American dream
We don't always say what we mean
That's the lie of an American teen

Maybe the end is near
But I've been waiting all year
To get the hell up out of here
And throw away my fears
I'm so faded (I'm so faded)
Off of all the things that I've taken, and
Maybe I'm not really drunk
Maybe I'm really good at faking

From the city of the 9-1-5
Where all the girls are pretty
And they're down for the hype
All my boys are with me
Going up for the night
But who cares, who cares
'Cause this is our year

So wake me up in the spring
While I'm high off my American dream
We don't always say what we mean
That's the lie of an American teen

My youth is the foundation of me
Living life as an American teen (American teen)
American teen
Mmm, oh yeah
We don't always say what we mean
When we're high off our American teen
My youth is the foundation of me
Oh, I'm proud to be American

So wake me up in the spring
While I'm high off my American (American dream)
And we don't always say what we mean
It's the lie of an American teen
My youth is the foundation of me
Living life as an American teen
American teen (American teen)

American Teenager
And I'll be living this dream with you

We don't always say what we mean
When we're high off our American teen
My youth is the foundation of me
Oh, I'm proud to be American

Song facts

"I wrote "American Teen" around the same time period that I wrote "Location" and "Hopeless" and "Shot Down." The same two- to three-day period that I recorded all those songs together. I didn't think of it as being anything involved with the album. But in the process of creating the album, I felt like the relationship was there. If I had to be completely honest myself as an individual and find the common ground through all the songs on the album, I was like, you know what? It's simple. It's "American Teen." I felt like it was a true introduction of who I was as an individual. I'm an American teen. I have family in the military, and I'm African American. How much more honest can I be for an introductory album?" - Khalid

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