"Wordplay" as written by and Kevin Paul/mraz Kadish....
I've been all around the world
I've been a new sensation
But it doesn't really matter
In this generation
The sophomore slump is an uphill battle
And someone said that in my scene
'Cause they need a new song
Like a new religion
Music for the television
I can't do the long division
Someone do the math
For the record label puts me on the shelf up in the freezer
Got to find another way to live the life of leisure
So I drop my top
Mix and I mingle
Is everybody ready for the single and it goes

[Chorus]
Ha La La La La
Now listen closer to the verse I lay
(Ha La La La La)
It's all about the wordplay
(Ha La La La Love)
The wonderful thing it does
Because, because
I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's
Yeah the Mister A-Z
They say I'm all about the wordplay

And it's time to get ill I got your remedy
For those who don't remember me
Well let me introduce you to my style
I try to keep a jumble
And the lyrics never mumble
When the music's makin' people tongue-tied
You want a new song
Like a new religion
Music for the television
I can't do the long division
Someone do the math
For the poeple write me off like I'm a one-hit wonder
Got to find another way to keep from goin' under
Pull out the stops
Got your attention
I guess it's time again for me to mention
The wordplay

[Chorus]

I built a bridge across the stream of consciousness
It always seems to be a flowin'
But I don't which way my brain is goin'
Oh the ryhmin' and the timin'
Keeps the melodies inside me
And they're comin'
Til I'm running out of air
Are you prepared to take a dive into the deep end of my head
Are you listening to a single word I've said

Listen closer to the words I say
We're sticken' to the wordplay
Ha La La La Love
The wonderful thing it does
Because, because
I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's
Yeah the Mister A-Z
They say I'm all about the wordplay

I'm all about the wordplay
Stickin' with the wordplay
Ha La La La Love
I love the wonderful thing it does
Because, because
The oh's and ah's and fa-la-la's fall back in love
For the Mister A-Z they say
Is all about the wordplay


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"Wordplay" as written by Kevin Paul Kadish Jason Thomas Mraz

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    General Commenti've been all around the world
    i've been a new sensation
    but it doesn't really matter in this g-generation

    ---pretty obvious. our generation doesn't really care about international success, all that matters to us is that we like the song that's playing on the radio



    the sophomore slump is an uphill battle
    and someone said that ain't my scene

    ---the sophomore slump refers to this being his second album, which is usually not as successful as an artist's first. and people tell him that he's not good enough to outdo his first album and he's already peaked



    cause they need a new song
    like a new religion
    music for the television
    i can't do the long division
    someone do the math

    ---his record label was probably just telling him to crank out another hit cause he needs to for his career, but he's just like um i don't deal with the stats and the business side of this, someone else "do the math," so to speak, and deal with the business part for him, because he's strictly about the music



    but the record label puts me
    on the shelf up in the freezer
    gotta find another way to live the life of leisure

    ---again, pretty straightforward. his record label isn't as interested in him if he's not gaining radio play, so instead of just settling with his old stuff, he needs to do something if he wants to continue with his "life of leisure"



    so i drop my top
    mix and i mingle
    is everybody ready for the single?

    ---i don't really get this. i think the mix and mingle is a play on words, cause his style is a sort of white rapper thing (not as in eminem), so he mixes, but he's playing that off the expression to mix and mingle



    and it goes
    ha la la la la
    now listen closely to the verse i lay
    ha la la la la la
    it's all about the wordplay

    --- if you listen closely to the words of his songs, you'll see all his plays on words and puns and use of language



    ha la la la love
    the wonderful thing it does because
    because i am the wizard of oohs and aahs
    and fa la las
    yeah the mr. a to z
    they say i'm all about the wordplay

    ---i love this part. it's a play on the wizard of oz. he's the wizard of aahs instead. and his name (mr. a-z) is another wordplay on his actual last name.



    and it's time to get ill
    i've got your remedy
    for those who don't remember me
    well let me introduce you to my style

    ---he was best known for his song the remedy on his first album, so it's kind of a reference back to how people thought he couldn't top his initial success.

    i try to keep a jumble
    and the lyrics never mumble
    when the music's making people tongue-tied

    ---his music style relies heavily on his fast-paced, hard-to-learn words



    but the people write me off
    like i'm a one-hit wonder
    gotta find another way
    to keep from goin under

    ---similar to the "gotta find another way to live the life of leisure" part. starting this verse with reference to his song the remedy shows that he's not about to let that be his one (and only) hit



    pull out the stops.
    got your attention.
    i guess it's time again for me to mention the wordplay

    ---he's gonna do anything he can to keep propelling his career forward. and i love the "got your attention" line. cause it comes right after a pause in the music, so if someone really wasn't paying attention to the words, they would still notice the stop in sound and pay attention, and its like he's saying "ha. now you're listening to me cause i did something to catch your attention. now i'll talk about my excellent wordplay again because you're listening."



    there's a bridge across the stream of consciousness
    it always seems to be a-flowin
    but i don't know which my brain is goin

    ---great line. cause this is the bridge in the song. and stream of consciousness is a writing style that's like the monologue that goes on in the writer's head. so its a play on a bridge over a stream, as opposed to the bridge of the song being about how herky-jerky his inner monologue is and sometimes he doesn't know which way the "stream" of his brain is going

    all the rhymin' and the timin'
    keeps the melodies inside me
    and they're comin til i'm runnin out of air

    ---he's always got lyrics coming out of his mouth cause he just never stops thinking of them



    are you prepared to take a dive
    into the deep end of my head?
    are listening to a single word i've said?

    ---keeping up with the characterization of his brain as water(like a stream), he's asking if the listener can handle his crazy thoughts and language and word choices. is the listener really understanding the words he's using, or are they just taking the face value of it without delving any deeper?
    clapourhandsxxon July 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's a very deep song, but it's got a nice melody and his voice sounds great. Sort of poking-fun lyrics, which I always like.

    nice single for the new album.
    inconsistentmeon May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song's pretty cute, i like it! very curbside prophet meets remedy-ish. agree with inconsistentme, good single for the new album. very fun
    laxgrl28on May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis kid is the best ever.
    Nataliexoon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are silly, but it's a decent song. Just try to memorize the lyrics, I dare you.
    stoolhardyon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh and I believe it's "I CAN'T do the long division / Someone do the math." I visited another site (sing365.com) that posted the lyrics, which corroborated my suspicion that I'm right about that.

    The line is funny and it's one of my favorite lines from this song and I think that whoever posted the lyrics got it wrong. The point of the line is Jason is here to write and perform songs, and to have fun doing it. He does not want to be bothered by the business and accounting side of his profession. "Someone do the math" to me means someone else manage my business and do the accounting, because I'd rather not worry about stuff like how many spins on how many stations my songs get.
    stoolhardyon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti loveeee this song
    laurenblahon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbleh....this is about him not being a one-hit wonder....how he'll be fine even though he's all poppish now because it's all about the "wordplay" (or words in his songs)
    C0ldplayon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentalright...all i can say is I LOVE JASON MRAZ. he definitely is better live and thats unbelievable because he sounds so amazingly great.

    well...the lyrics are wrong

    "now listen closer to the muse i leave"...

    i think it is, " now listen closely to the verse i lay"

    oh well...this song it not as deep as some of his others, but definitely just as fun to listen to
    kukilukion June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJason Mraz is now touring as the supposedly minor act with Alanis Morissette, who is the major act of the tour. Alanis's new acoustic-guitar style Jagged Little Pill album sounds surprisingly good, I heard a playing of at least half its songs on a local radio station. A local newspaper reviewer said of the tour that this was definitely Alanis's show, although Jason is "golden-voiced." I don't see how Alanis would be considered be better act though, Jason's rap-style singing verses just kick ass and he certainly does have a better voice than Alanis. I think he would be the better crowd pleaser, but hey what do I know. Anyway yeah I'm waiting to hear another single from this album, this song is interesting but it's not "The Remedy" or "Curbside Prophet."
    stoolhardyon June 21, 2005   Link

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