Track of the Day: ‘Jack and Diane’ by John Mellencamp

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

Yesterday morning, after a tense and despondent breakfast conversation that included talk of Canada and nuclear destruction, my 14-year-old daughter and I drove off to her school. She immediately grabbed my phone and started searching for a song. Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” started playing. I didn’t understand what she was pointing out until she started loudly singing the refrain, “Oh yeah, life goes on … ”

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