By Kevin Dayhoff, assembled from multiple sources Dec. 26, 2018
On Dec. 25, 2001, the American Christian metal band, P.O.D. released “Youth of the Nation,” a single from the album “Satellite,” written by Noah Bernardo, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels, and Sonny Sandoval. For many historians, the song is accepted as an anthem of the era in its telling of three stories of adolescent tragedy in American culture.
If you check out the official Atlantic Records’ music video carefully, directed by Paul Fedor, Carhenge is used as a backdrop for parts of the chorus; and the book “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac can be seen on the dashboard of the car – https://youtu.be/EDKwCvD56kw.
According to multiple sources, but best explained by Zachary Fenell, in “Alternative Rock Songs About Suicide,” October 11, 2010, “It begins by describing a teenager unknowingly skating to school only to be shot by a fellow student. Lyrics go on to speculate whether or not the boy who committed the act felt unloved.
“Following the chorus, a 12-year-old girl called ‘little Suzie’ is depicted as having been abandoned by her father and subsequently ‘finding love in all the wrong places.’
“Finally, another teen known as ‘Johnny boy’ fails to fit in with his peers and ultimately commits suicide by firearm, ‘[telling] the world how he felt with the sound of a gat.’”
In an interview with Mitchell Blatt in 2008, “Back Together, New Album in April” Curiel said, “When you can hear something that’s going to uplift you like ‘Alive’ or something that’s going to bring out knowledge like ‘Youth of the Nation,’ we’ve done our jobs as an artist.”
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