Let me tell y'all what it's like
watching "Idol" on a friday night
In a house built safe and sound
on Indian burial grounds
Sham on

We drive our cars everyday
to and from work both ways
So we make just enough to pay
to drive our cars to work each day
Hey, hey

We're rockin' the suburbs
around the block just one more time
We're rockin' the suburbs
'Cause I can't tell which house is mine

We're rockin' the suburbs
We part the shades and face the facts
They've got better lookin' fescue
right across the cul-de-sac

Hot real-estate - rising stars
'get rich quick' seminars
soap opera magazines
40 thousand watt nativity scenes

Don't freak about the smoke alarm
Mom left the TV dinner on

We're rockin' the suburbs
From Family Feud to Chevy Chase
We're rockin' the suburbs
Numb the muscles in our face

We're rockin' the suburbs
We feed the dog and mow the lawn
Watching Mommy bounce the checks
while Daddy juggles credit cards

(William Shatner talking)

We're rockin' the suburbs
Everything we need is here
We're rockin' the suburbs
But it wasn't here last year
We're rockin' the suburbs
You'll never know when we are gone
Because the timer lights the front
and turns the cricket noises on

Each night - yeah, yeah
we're rockin' the suburbs
yeah, yeah

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Rockin' The Suburbs (Over the Hedge version) song meanings
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    General Commenti really like both versions of this song. both versions make really good points about how shallow and mindless people can be. the original is more about the music industry, but this version all though it was intended for a kids movie, I think, is just as smart and witty as the original poking fun and showing what suburbian life really is.
    which is why i think this version appeals to me more.

    I unfortunately live in a suburb, and it's ridiculous. everyone is like robots and they all numb there brains with the tv. which is why I like the line

    'let me tell you all what its like. watching idol on a friday night'
    LickMySpatula00on February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was trying to figure out why this song was redone --- but on this site, this is the "Over the Hedge" mix, so I can only assume that it is in the kiddie movie, "Over the Hedge." It makes sense now --- can't imagine they'd have used the same lyrics...
    Sir_Larrikinon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this version of the song. Not more than the other version, but it's still really good.

    But I think some lyrics might be wrong up there.

    Some possible corrections:
    "from downing mews to chevy chase"
    "Because the timer lights the pond"
    Kamikaze189on May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the song was redone just because Over the Hedge was a kids movie, the whole movie was an obvious satire upon american suburbia. The re-written song fits with that theme. But definitely, they couldn't use the original version for the language...yeah.
    PANGon June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song caught me by surprise when I heard it in Over the Hedge. I like the old version! The one with the "I'm gonna say fuck!"s in it! Whatever it takes to make a buck, man. Seriouisly, fuck this song.
    worsethansexon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVery astute, worsethansex. The only reason an artist would ever think of performing a song in any manner other than the one you love so deeply is not only derived from a monetary motivation, but also part of a contract that said artist has signed with Beelzebub himself which, though labeling the artist a sellout, ensures him a wealth-filled and debauched lifestyle. You have my deepest condolensces that Ben Folds chose to take your precious little fuck words out of a song that only had them in the first place as a satirical commentary on a then-current musical trend.

    Yours must be a very hard life, Worsethansex. What else could motivate you to utter, albeit in type, a phrase so lurid and tactless as "fuck this song." What on earth could you be implying? I certainly don't like the sounds of it.
    GoatboyX2on December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry, just being snarky. Nothing personal. But really, he was doing songs for this film anyway. And just because it's computer animated, based on a comic strip, and not full of swears doesn't make it a 'kiddie move' necessarily. Just a bit of all-ages fun.
    GoatboyX2on December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf it's all ages, then you still have to regard the younger ages.
    I'm saying this with respect, I'm tired. xP
    Anyways, if he had put the 'fuck' version in the movie, it would have been completely contradictory to the song 'Bastard' which is about kids growing up too fast.
    samanthabananaon January 29, 2007   Link

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