Look, TheGloss isn’t a nostalgia blog, but we don’t always keep it topical. Sometimes editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff need to excise some Lion King-related demons. Today, the subject of their discussion is “The Freshmen,” the massive, pop culture-consuming 1997 power ballad by The Verve Pipe. The lyrical content has been a long running debate between Jennifer and Ashley and today they’re parsing it out. Sure, they haven’t listened to the song in a decade, but they figure their insight is worth more than SongMeanings.com. Right? Guys?

Also, for readers at home following along, we highly suggest you take a few minutes to review the lugubrious late-90s masterpiece. Be warned, there is a lot of emotion (and soul patch!) in the video.