|"Department of Youth"|
|Single by Alice Cooper|
|from the album Welcome to My Nightmare|
|Label||Atlantic Records 3280|
|Songwriter(s)||Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Bob Ezrin|
|Alice Cooper singles chronology|
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