Corey Smith - Twenty-One Lyrics




When I was only seventeen, couldn't wait for twenty one
I'd hang around on Clayton Street in the bars there gettin' drunk
A baseball cap and a fake ID would get me in the clubs
Then I would dance with the college girls and lie about who I was
I'd say "I'm pre-Med. here at UGA, live on Milledge Avenue.
I was raised over in Buckhead, I drive a BMW."

I was breakin' hearts and takin' names and numbers just for fun.
Stealin' kisses wishin' I was twenty one.

When Thursdays came and pocket change would quickly disappear
Upstairs at Lowry's Tavern, we'd pay a nickel for every beer
Shootin' pool, smokin' cigarettes with a dizzy head and a grin
Four A.M. on a school night, still hangin' out with my friends
One hour's sleep on a dirty couch, no shower, off to school
Smellin' just like a brewery with a bad hangover too

The teachers all would hassle me: "Stay awake, pay attention"
I was catchin' hell, wishin' I was twenty one.

The youngest one of all my friends, I didn't act my age
Too cool for the football games and the homecoming parades

Now I look back and I have to smile, cause boy it was fun
Bein' seventeen, wishin' I was twenty one

Now I'm only twenty six, feelin' more like fourty three
My hairline's disappearing, and I never get ID'd
My clothes are out of fashion, no I'm not cool anymore
In the bed by ten o'clock each night, and up at half-past four
Still I go down to that college town when the Bulldogs play at home
I drink keg beer from a trash can til the whole damn thing is gone

Then I look at all those college girls so innocent and young
And I just check 'em out, and say "Damn... I wish I was twenty one"





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  1. Supositório Do Guinas

    Malak see you

  2. Joshua Morley

    Finally turned 21 and now this song hits different

  3. KadePearson 44

    Like I was once told by my dad when I was 16-17 “ enjoy and live it up while you can, one day all of this will be just another memory”

  4. I Love Knives

    Man this song has changed a lot. But it has changed with me so I’m right there with you.

  5. jts024

    Probably the worst song of the past 3 decades

  6. Brandon Fedrick

    Been jamming this song for over 10 years and still gets to me

  7. KadePearson 44

    Brings back lots of memories of the ole high school days. Every Friday night after our game wed go ride back roads and drink and go to bonfires/parties and in the summer we did that just about every night. Especially the summer going into my senior year we only had a handful of sober nights and we’d be wishing we were 21. And now that we are ain’t much to it except you can buy beer.

  8. KadePearson 44

    “My favorite conversations start with I remember when” I felt that

  9. Mr blue sheep Sheep

    My friend interduced me to this song

  10. Deshaun White

    I love his music. This song, fuck the po po, and maybe next year my top 3. #ContryMusicIsLife

  11. Barry Jad

    21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo 21 WideHardo

  12. robert perrotta

    This song has always given me goosebumps. Crazy this guy isn't mlre famous than he is. Beats the garbage they call music today.. that's for sure.

  13. pr_nibba :/

    This sounds like me now😬

  14. Ryan Monroe

    Killed it at Drift Jam

  15. jersey jerry

    ive been listening to corey smith for like 8 years now i turn 24 in a few months and i actually feel this song more than ever now adays

  16. Richard Anderson

    Great song. I am a big fan.

  17. CHOKE ON ICE

    My mom went to high school with this guy she was a senior when he was a freshman my mom use to hang out with them in the bar my mom told her he really did all this in high school lol falling asleep in class and stuff

  18. Rajesh Gupta

    Man! Why didn’t I come across this video at 21, I was that age for the longest. Now I’m 22 and miss it ever so much even though it’s only been a year.

  19. Paul Chuter

    My wife and I where lucky enough to see Corey play in Nashville whilst on holiday what a great live performance, this song sums up growing up and how life is going so fast, enjoy your youth while you can ....

  20. Benjamin Solo

    envious of those who can relate to this song

  21. Winston Churchill

    This is really good. I’m only 15 but I can still somehow relate.

  22. BackdaPack

    I remember seeing this show up on CMT when Corey first made this video and thinking he was finally getting his time to become huge. But never did... which sucks. I was 14 at the time, and I'm 22 now and just now gonna see him live in Green Bay in a couple weeks. Still love his music.

  23. Bryce Melanson

    Found this when I turned 21 I will be 22 at the end of March preparing for Taylor Swift. 😂

    Greg Phillips

    For God sakes don't murder your ears 😂

  24. bl0ndieNY

    31 wishing i was 21

  25. OffroadJAX

    Got denied from UGA 😂

  26. Jason Lynn

    44 and still wish I was damn 21

  27. mystic morning 76

    Oh sweet [email protected] :) We went every Thursday night to Nickel night with our fAKE ID's and stumbling to freinds cars hoping that the police on their bicycles wouldn't harass as we would throw up formally the cheap liquor at Lowery's

  28. Jake Lamb

    Nowhere Bar!

  29. Vince Mcdougall

    I remember playin this song at party's in my truck when I was 19. I'm 30 now n I'd give anything to go back to them days

  30. Deadhead 1970

    Creepy....pop cuntry

  31. Kevin Wilson

    this song puts a smile on my face every time i listen to it bc i remeber when me an my dad would ride around drinking beer an it would come on miss those days

  32. Jake Lamb

    Nowhere bar

  33. C Red

    Man this song just gets me down. Love it but it hits home so hard!

  34. Mike Aker

    Go Dawgs

  35. Darkest Hour

    I was 25 when this came out and I was still relating to the 21 year olds. I’ll let you do the math, but I’m relating more and more to the middle class and middle aged and have nothing in common with a 21 year old anymore. It’s sad to look back and realize how much fun it was when I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Oh well. I suppose when I’m 50 I’ll be saying, damn. I wish I was 31.

  36. Rashed Nasiri

    Cory smith a strip tip

  37. David Voss

    I can say this was me all the way back in the day. Still miss them days

  38. Matthew Hrabovsky

    Spotify just removed this and im pissed. Time to get rid of spotify

  39. Michael Gamel

    Was a teenager when I first heard this song now I'm 29 still a great song

  40. Benjamin reviews

    Wer my hair

  41. Comp

    I’m 21 now (2018) I will be back in a few years

  42. Harley Coppage

    I wish I was 21

  43. Mitch Hudgins

    I remember listening to this as a teenager now married with 2 kids and working shift work at 26 it means a lot more

  44. Kenneth Austin

    I don't understand why this song was remade. This sounds terrible.

  45. Veronica & Reggie Soles

    December 31, 2017      NEW YEAR EVE!!!    Celebrated with Corey Smith at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach South Carolina on Our Wedding Night December 31, 2017!"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”    “Where words leave off, music begins.”Thanks for making our first night as husband & wife a time to cherish!  Reggie & Veronica Soles  Whiteville, North Carolina

  46. Frankie Morales

    hey cor!! if you ever come down to the ftl this push a cue ball around and pretend that we're cool again. plus i need some more swag. its been a minute since ive seen you at harbor docks.

  47. Kana D.

    we are SEC champs!

  48. S-Rae Fun

    How the heck is his hair getting thin if he is bald???????????????????????????

  49. huntermac2012

    love corey smith

  50. melvin cash

    Hit the nail on the head with that one. nice job

  51. T S

    You have got to come to Murphy Arts District in El Dorado Arkansas. .. save me a trip to Ruston. ..

  52. T S

    You have got to come to Murphy Arts District in El Dorado Arkansas. .. save me a trip to Ruston. ..

  53. JAMES MCCULLOUGH

    i remember getting kicked out of o Malleys for smokin a joint out on the deck over the water.

  54. Priscilla Reshell

    Wow 21 now and listening to this 😁

  55. Autumn Autumn

    this song brings back so many memories with my dad. god i miss him, he's still here just different.

  56. Victoria Vaughan

    I first heard this song when I turn 21

  57. Dalton Holcomb

    I can't wait till he comes to Hiawassee GA and plays

  58. Mitch G

    He forgot to sing about the crackhead bums that chase you all over Clayton St. And the murders on Washington St. Oh, also the abductions on Washington St. Athens is a great place y'all come visit ya here!?

    Coleman Childers

    Mitch G You definitely have the crackhead part right, can't go down any street without them on the corner asking for money.

  59. Tammy Honaker

    I love this song it reminds me of myself and my life I have lived if to the fullest and this song makes me want to do it all again. love all your music. love ya Cory

  60. Army Doc

    Man this song brings back some memories haha. I turn 29 in a couple of months, and I will admit this song hits home.

  61. Reyce Drews

    great song

  62. Matt S

    This song speaks the truth. I remember hearing this for the first time in 2007ish wishing I was 21. Now years past 21 it would be nice to go back before all the responsibility of life haha.

    Sidenote: why'd you change the lyrics. "Still I go down to that college town when the bulls dawgs play at home" "I drink keg beer from a trash can til the whole damn thing is gone"

  63. Trey Gordon Taylor

    Corey you're great man!

  64. Clay G.

    oglethorpe county in this bitch

  65. David Bowers

    HELL, I love Heather!!!

  66. Josh Smith

    love these song the song it goes that to Randy Taylor and Gore

  67. johnny banana

    Staring at the losing side of 25... man I truly do wish I was still 21. Song hits me right in the feels every time.

    Evan Oliver

    johnny banana just turned 26, sobering isn't it :(

  68. Brianna Wheeler

    I'm 17 wishing I'm 21

    Sicknastyjdm

    Brianna Wheeler well you shouldn't saver it.. i listen to this when i was 17.. 28 now it just hella sad now.. lol i feel like him at the end now.. years fly by after 21. you got nothing to look forward to.

    Jonathon Wright

    About to turn 24; I feel like I was 21 just yesterday.

    Calm Instincts

    Well it looks like you’re 18 now so what’s up, I’m Taylor.

    Monica Pascale

    Brianna Wheeler

    Jonathan Springs

    Brianna Wheeler no you don't.. Trust me. Stay 17 forever in your mind.

  69. Trey Tuck

    God I'm 18 and this depresses me because I'm now living in the best time of my life and I don't want to be 21. I want to stay this age forever because I can last for days and I hate to think about how it's all going to end in a couple of years and it's all going to fly by so damn quick.

    Winston Churchill

    Trey Tuck Well, now you’re 20, how is it?

  70. Freddy Gonzalez

    haha his tour bus is riding next to me xD coming outta San Diego

  71. Jordan F

    I dont understand why Corey Smith isnt a huge star. I usually cant stand this type of music, but Smith is phenomenal.

    Andrew Schultz

    Kyle Donovan no his older music is really great its just he doesnt want to be a sell out thats why he does small venues and fairgrounds and produces all his stuff himself but his older stuff is just as good as this if you didnt know but this song is not the orginal he changed the last verse becuase people were getting mad at him so he remastered it and put it on his album the broken record

    coreysmithsvt

    I just didn’t try hard enough, that’s why I’m not a superstar. John Mayer wishes he had half the talent I have, but he’s got twice the motivation. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    Ur_HopesN_Dreams

    Probably because he refuses to be someone he’s not

    MotoSadness CRF450L

    he wont conform to "country" standards and sell out

    Luke Fulcher

    Corey Smith is my cousin

  72. Heather Chandler

    I live in Dahlonega georgia. everyone loves you here.

    Kimberly Day

    Heather Chandler True I live here to

    Kyle Hills

    Heather Chandler i been there once the day before I headed north bound on the AT :) cool little town

    Mike Dutton

    I was down there for a bit....at Hidden Lake Academy just off of Camp Wahsega Road. Beautiful country town...horrible school.

    Jason Roach

    I owned a brick house at one time on Black Mountain Road

  73. Shelby Carr

    Mindcrft

  74. Bryan Carr

    makes me think of the good times im 21 wishing I was 17

  75. Austin Tackett

    thank you for this song #Coreysmith I'm 17 right now I can relate to this song.

  76. Mike Pritch

    In my 30 years of life I have never had an artist bring me to such a happy place in my mind that it brings me to tears. I have been following you for a long time now and I had the pleasure of seeing you in concert a long time ago at AU in Alabama. Hope to hear more from you brother!!

    Chilton Taylor

    I got to see him perform in Sky Bar, many years ago. It was a fantastic night. So many good memories!

    brady lashley

    Mike Pritch amen brother

    Sid Plattenburg

    Exactly bro, takes me back to those great times and brings tears to my eyes as well lol I’m 30 wishing I was 21 lol

  77. DirtFloorCracka1

    Got drunk in the 80s bar when my brother had his wedding at UGA Chapel..good times. GO DAWGS!! SIC EM! WOOF WOOF!

  78. Shamell Rose

    I wish I was twenty-one

  79. Jamestown Public Library

    Mamas drinking liquor again

  80. Brandon Parrott

    needs to come back to the blind horse

  81. Vancha March

    Here’s to UGA. I might not like your fans, but Athens is the greatest college town in America.

  82. Tyler Osbon

    feel old as fuck now.

  83. Love Love

    For You Lil East ❤

  84. ViralAnytime.com

    Here are the lyrics...

    When I was only seventeen, couldn't wait for twenty one
    I'd hang around on Clayton Street in the bars there gettin' drunk
    A baseball cap and a fake ID would get me in the clubs
    Then I would dance with the college girls and lie about who I was
    I'd say "I'm pre-Med. here at UGA, live on Milledge Avenue.
    I was raised over in Buckhead, I drive a BMW."

    I was breakin' hearts and takin' names and numbers just for fun.
    Stealin' kisses wishin' I was twenty one.

    When Thursdays came and pocket change would quickly disappear
    Upstairs at Lowry's Tavern, we'd pay a nickel for every beer
    Shootin' pool, smokin' cigarettes with a dizzy head and a grin
    Four A.M. on a school night, still hangin' out with my friends
    One hour's sleep on a dirty couch, no shower, off to school
    Smellin' just like a brewery with a bad hangover too

    The teachers all would hassle me: "Stay awake, pay attention"
    I was catchin' hell, wishin' I was twenty one.

    The youngest one of all my friends, I didn't act my age
    Too cool for the football games and the homecoming parades

    Now I look back and I have to smile, cause boy it was fun
    Bein' seventeen, wishin' I was twenty one

    Now I'm only twenty six, feelin' more like fourty three
    My hairline's disappearing, and I never get ID'd
    My clothes are out of fashion, no I'm not cool anymore
    In the bed by ten o'clock each night, and up at half-past four
    Still I go down to that college town when the Bulldogs play at home
    I drink keg beer from a trash can til the whole damn thing is gone

    Then I look at all those college girls so innocent and young
    And I just check 'em out, and say "Damn... I wish I was twenty one"

  85. Jacob Jones

    seen u last night at blind horse saloon!

  86. Devin Rice

    I remember the first time I heard this song I was 8 my oldest brother showed it to me when he was 16 now I'm 15 and he's 21 wow how time flys by

  87. Andrew Walker

    i remember listening to this before i was 21(16) and now im 24 and this song is... well its sadd af lol

    That Fishing Guy

    Stfu. I’m 30 and it hits like a fucking freight train. Fucking A. Guy 25 and younger here’s a tip...be 21.

    charlie chann

    Guys don't feel bad, I graduated HS in 98 and my stepdaughter is in her final quarter at UGA friends with all the fball and bball friends. My oldest girl just began driving so it wont be long but the problem is the mother of my 2 kids moved 10 minutes over the state line into Florida so all of the xtra classes they took and college classes they began in junior high mean nothing because those specific activities do nothing for Florida college.

    Deshaun White

    I wish I had a song like this when I was 20-21 😂

    KadePearson 44

    Time moves slowly, but quickly

    CaptainXenonPlayz

    His son goes to my school

  88. FPSaber

    We ALWAYS listen to this while camping or near the river. Love it <3

  89. Maples01

    How time flys, who wouldn't like to go back

  90. Dustin Abazi

    Awesome Song Thank you autoplay

  91. TomLennox24

    Came across this one when looking for Hunter Hayes song but this is also great!

  92. kristen ward

    this song is so touching telling you how u wish u were 21 while ur a child but nobody realizes what little time we have on this earth before Jesus takes us up .to heaven too be with him

  93. Clair

    Missing the 80's Bar...

  94. Jeremy Jenkins

    Wow this song has spoken to me since I was 21 till today at 32. Crazy how time flies by.

    TheMightyMrPlow

    +Jeremy Jenkins Do you realize that this song is only 4 years old or are you THAT high right now? Be honest...

    Jeff Way

    +TheMightyMrPlow This song has been out since 2003, this one was just uploaded in 2011.

  95. Philip Rowland

    this song is so damn

  96. Maria Tallini

    "Nickel Night" and "Penny Night"...What memories (surprisingly, I have a few...) Who knew one person could drink so many amaretto sours...Probably why I have to stick to the Bud Light these days...

  97. Jon Pollard

    I absolutely love this song but I prefer the original lyrics much more than the ones in this video.

  98. Elizabeth Foster

    Hi Corey. My name. Elizabeth. Foster.I am From. Carrollton. Ga