Friday, February 23, 2007

I'm Just a H8er Boi

Talking about my problems with people usually does not make me feel better about them. I generally ruminate enough to come up with a wide variety of thoughts on them rather than single-mindedly obsessing about one particular aspect.

Making fun of people I've never met, however, generally does the trick, so that's what I'm going to do right now.

That said, if you are a fan of Avril Lavigne, or on the off chance that you ARE Avril Lavigne, I suggest reading something else.

On my way to work today I heard Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi" on the radio. I never change the radio station when I hear this song, even though I reflexively turn the station anytime any other Avril Lavigne song comes on. I guess this one bothers me less because it's replaces her ordinarily whiny lyrics with utterly inane ones. I think I listen to it to see if I find it dumber than I did last time I heard it. I always do.

He was a boy, she was a girl
Can i make it any more obvious?
Two things here: 1. Unless you're suggesting that every girl and every boy desire to sleep with each other, yes. 2. This is the first time Avril states that she doesn't need to say anything else, but then continues singing anyway.

He was a punk, she did ballet
What more can i say?
Well, for starters, you might try working on your qualifications for deciding what makes people a 'punk', there, Avril. Just sayin. And again, I'm thinking you're going to say more anyway.

He wanted her, She'd never tell
Secretly she wanted him as well
But all of her friends stuck up their nose
They had a problem with his baggy clothes
Damned baggy clothes-ists. Also, I'm not positive, but I think this was the exact plot of "From Justin to Kelly".

He was a sk8er boi. She said 'see you later boy.'
This clever line never gets old. Never.

He wasn't good enough for her
She had a pretty face, but her head was up in space
She needed to come back down to earth...
Oh man, a cliffhanger. Will she finally shred her baggy pants prejudice and love him for the sk8er boi he truly is?

5 years from now, she sits at home
Feeding the baby she's all alone
In my experience, the beautiful, preppy kids whose parents can afford ballet lessons for their children always end up being poor white trash. Well, at least a solid 9/10 times.

She turns on tv. Guess who she sees
Sk8er Boi rockin up MTV
Wait, what? If he's Sk8er Boi, which I'm half convinced is his given name by now, shouldn't he be on the X-Games on ESPN 8, the Ocho? How did Sk8er Boi grow up to become the Guitar Man? Is Mr. Tambourine his percussionist?

She calls up her friends. They already know,
And they've all get tickets to see his show
Wait, what? I thought she was the one who liked him and her friends all hated him; why were they the ones following Sk8er Boi's career? The plot twists in this song are totally blowing my mind.

She tags along; stands in the crowd
Looks up at the man that she turned down
Tags along? She fell hard. Not even her friends want her around. I'm not making fun of the second part because "Looks up at the man that she turned down" is actually a halfway decent song lyric. Blind squirrel, meet acorn.

He was a sk8er boi. She said 'see you later boy.'
Blind squirrel, meet rock gravel.

He wasn't good enough for her.
Now he's a super star, slamming on his guitar.
Does your pretty face see what he's worth?
We see with our eyes, not our faces. How about "Do your pretty eyes see what he's worth?" instead? I realize this critique is somewhat like a doctor telling a terminally ill cancer patient that his poor posture might lead to back problems in his old age, but I felt I should point out that even the least offensive stanza has an easily observed problem.

Sorry girl but you missed out
Well tough luck that boy's mine now
These lines are much funnier if you sing them in a deep Evil Movie Villain voice. "The Sk8r Boi shall be all MINE! Muahahahahaha"

We are more than just good friends
This is how the story ends
So the song's over then, right? Right?

Too bad that you couldn't see,
See the man that boy could be
There is more that meets the eye
I see the soul that is inside
Right, forgot. Gotta have a moral at the end: "Underneath every baggy exterior lies a sensitive soul." Where was Aesop on that one? So, song's over now, right? Right?

He's just a boy, and Im just a girl
Can I make it any more obvious?
We are in love. Haven't you heard
How we rock each others world?
Yes. Yes I have heard. In the previous verse. And in the bridge. And in the chorus. I had heard quite frequently. And I have the feeling I'm going to hear it again soon.

I'm with the Sk8er Boi. I said 'see you later boy.'
Wait, what? I thought you were with him. Why are you saying 'see you later boy'? Are you dumping the poor Sk8er Boi because he's gone too commercial when it used to be about the sk8ing? Or did you just fail to come up with an equally lame lyric that actually makes sense in the context of the song, like maybe "I'm with the Sk8er Boi, 'cause he's not a H8er Boi!"?

I'll be back stage after the show
I'll be at the studio singing the song we wrote
About a girl he used to know...
And now you're stalking him? Or are you like Yoko Ono and trying to break up the band? Or maybe she's going all Fight Club on us and she actually is both the pretty ballet dancer from high school and the singer, and the song is a dark reflection of her tortured soul. I don't know. Truly, there are few songs that raise as many disturbing questions as Sk8er Boi, first and foremost being "Why didn't I just change the channel?" closely followed by "Why does 'Sk8er' have an 'e' in it? That's totally an unnecessary keystroke."

Ok, I feel better already.


Audra said...

I'm not overly a fan of Avril Lavigne but this is my favourite song by her.

Andy said...

Well, I suppose it's mine too, in that it's the only one I can really listen to since it's catchy and upbeat instead of whiny and annoying, but I maintain that it's still really dumb.