I replied in the “Sequel Song” thread about this, then realized that I never knew the reference.
In a late-90s VH1 special, John Mellencqamp spoke of how, over the years, countless people have stopped him and asked, “So, whatever happened to Jack and Diane?” Jack and Diane is, for those who don’t hear it one hundred times per day on FM radio, to date, his only Number 1 hit, from 1982, or so–it’s the one about the two American kids growin’ up in the heartland, dining at Tastee Freeze, and dribbling off Bobbie Brooks, and holding onto 16 as long as they can.
He said that usually he’d just be an asshole, and tell the questioner, “Nothing happened to them, they’re not real.”
But finally, he said he decided to check in on their relationship in a song called Eden Is Burning. It is obvious from the lyrics that they don’t seem to be getting on so well, and perhaps should have held onto 16 a little while longer, or turned 17 and got it the hell over with. I assume it is the character Jack who says, “How could I have been so wrong about you?” to Diane.
What Richard Pryor movie is it that they go to see that brings this realization and question?
Lyrics are at:
Thanks in advance,
Sir Rhosis (holdin’ onto 40 for five and half more months)