By the time the rock band Everclear made it big in the mid-to-later 1990s, I was too old and too busy working to support a family to pay much attention to music anymore. But it slowly seeped into my awareness that Everclear was the rarest of groups on MTV, one that told you what life in your 30s is really like: in a word, expensive.
Lyrics for I Will Buy You a New Life. (There are lots of country songs like this, but rew rock songs.)
And here's Everclear leader Art Alexakis's song about the anti-Ernie Sailer:
Lyrics for Father of Mine.