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BLAME IT ON THE KIDS, (alternatively stylized as BLAME iT ON THE KIDS and written as BiOTK), is a song by emo-pop artist AViVA that was released as a single on November 16th, 2018. It was later released as the second track on her debut album, VOLUME I.

Background[]

On October 24th, 2018, AViVA announced BLAME IT ON THE KIDS' release date and released the song's trailer.[1] Around two weeks later, on November 8th, she revealed the cover art for the song. BLAME IT ON THE KIDS premiered and released on November 16th, 2018.

During december, AViVA held a BiOTK stream where she discussed the meaning of the song and held a Q&A.[2] This was streamed to YouTube on December 16th, 2018.

On July 8th, 2019, a live version of the song from the House of Blues in San Diego was released on AViVA's YouTube.[3]

A few months later, on December 22nd, 2019, AViVA released the instrumental to the song on YouTube.[4]

In 2021, the acoustic version of BiOTK was released.[5] The acoustic version was released on January 8th, 2021.

AViVA also released THE LYRICS BLAME IT ON THE KIDS on February 27th, 2021, where she explained the meaning of the song.[6]

Theme[]

"BLAME IT ON THE KIDS is telling people not to worry about what they think they should do, or who they think they should be. It is so hard to hold on to that kernel of uniqueness and the part that makes us, us with the constant inundation of media telling us, you know, what's cool, what we should look like, who we should be. Friends, family, there are so many things that influence us all the time. And it doesn't matter what age you are, it doesn't really stop. And so BLAME IT ON THE KIDS is my way of saying that we actually shouldn't blame anyone, and it's often that young people are blamed for things happening. Changes, cultural shifts. And that is not okay.

My favorite lyric in BLAME IT ON THE KIDS is, 'I'm tired of holding on,' and that's because, as seems to be the theme in my lyric choices, sometimes it's really hard. Life can be really hard, but being yourself can be really hard. And, especially when you get any kind of pressure, external pressure or judgement from friends or family or teachers or work colleagues, it's really hard to continue to pursue being you in the most authentic way that you can. But, it is always worth it and that's why I'm always harping on pursuing you-ness and being unique and not caring what other people think because it is so rewarding at the end of the day."

-AViVA via THE LYRICS BLAME IT ON THE KIDS on YouTube[7]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
Home in bed or out at night
Don't think twice, just don't think twice
Make a choice, one you won't regret
This is your life, this is still your life
Never gon' get away, never gon' get away
Never gon' break the chains
Watching me patiently, watching me patiently
Watching me take the blame
Never gon' get away, never gon' get away
Never gon' break the chains
I'm running out of options and they know

[Pre Chorus]
Whoa, oh
I'm tired of holding on
Whoa, oh
Hear me when I say

[Chorus]
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids

[Verse 2]
Say their names, we won't forget
This is not your fight, not your fight
You played games but we can forgive
Put down the knife, put down the knife
Never gon' get away, never gon' get away
Never gon' break the chains
Watching me patiently, watching me patiently
Watching me take the blame
Never gon' get away, never gon' get away
Never gon' break the chains
I'm running out of options and they know

[Pre Chorus]
Whoa, oh
I'm tired of holding on
Whoa, oh
Hear me when I say

[Chorus]
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids

[Bridge]
Come out, where your pretty faces hiding?
Come out, I don't see no point in lying
No doubt, you have questions I can answer
But first, come out with your hands up
Come out, where your pretty faces hiding?
Come out, I don't see no point in lying
No doubt, you have questions I can answer
But first, come out with your hands up

[Chorus]
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids
Don't blame it on the kids
Don't blame it on the kids, kids


Video[]

Alternate Versions[]

Trivia[]

  • The cover art was made by Max Prentis.
  • AViVA revealed that her favorite lyric from BiOTK is, "I'm tired of holding on."[8]

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