"Whatever" as written by and Thomas Decarlo/burton Callaway....
I don't have any friends at all
Cause I have nothin' in common with y'all
So who's gonna catch me if I fall?
My back's always against the wall
I don't have anything to say
I want everything to go my way
Shut up mom! It is not OK
I'm alone almost everyday

But it's cool (it's cool)
It could be better (could be better)
I don't care (I don't care)
Whatever (whatever) Hold up my man
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah

Talk to my counselor 'bout how I feel
Everyone agrees I could use some help
I love my girl more, than I love myself
But she's goin' steady with someone else
I don't know what else to do
Said fuck me? Well fuck you too!
I know it sounds real sad but true
Bein' alone is nothin' new

But it's cool (it's cool)
It could be better (could be better)
I don't care (I don't care)
Whatever (whatever) Whatever bitch!
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah, whatever
La la la la lah-lah-lah


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"Whatever" as written by Thomas Callaway Ronald Blackwell

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  • +2
    Song MeaningI don't think Gnarls Barkley's "mocking" anyone. It has a real messy punk vibe to it, and is expressing the fierceness, loneliness, and feeling of displacement that many angry young men experience. Green's voice is nasally and raw, and the rhythm and arrangement is, for lack of a better word, "stomp-y." This epitomizes the whole punk genre.

    Also, emo tends to be much more weepy: emo says "pity me," as opposed to punk: "life sucks, go f*ck yourself" (as this song pretty much literally says). It's true the protagonist is wallowing in self-pity, but he still reacts fiercely to his perceived wrongs (admittedly, he IS a bit passive-aggressive).

    Gnarls Barkley has shown an appreciation for this before, with covering "Gone Daddy Gone" by The Violent Femmes, and this song has a "Blister in the Sun" vibe of jealousy, remorse, anger, and angst. I think they are actively trying to reconcile different genres of music (in this case, and with "Gone," punk, soul, and hip-hop) and I would be surprised if something like this didn't show up in the future from either Cee Lo or Danger Mouse (hopefully from Gnarls!)
    MinuteWalton April 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol, me and a friend call this "The emo Song"
    omglolroflbbqon March 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how he doesn't have any friends, and he's aware that he needs to watch his back because people could be against him.

    "My backs always against the wall."
    Meaning, he's trying to not get stabbed in the back by his haters.
    Famous xxon March 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is missing the lyrics "being alone is nothing new" right after "i know it sounds real sad but true"

    I think this song is from the perspective of a loner teenager who tries to trick himself into being complacent with having no one there.
    these forensicson April 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is missing the lyrics "being alone is nothing new" right after "i know it sounds real sad but true"

    I think this song is from the perspective of a loner teenager who tries to trick himself into being complacent with having no one there.
    these forensicson April 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman you guys are all wrong.

    its about a breakup.

    he loves his girl more than himself..but things went bad and now shes with someone else.

    hes obviously in love with her and she doesnt have the same feelings back.


    also when he is saying hes all alone. he obviously alienated himself from people when he was with his girl.

    story of my past relationship....
    djblackouton May 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first verse represents him losing his friend. He shows doesnt care about the whole situation, when in fact hes mad. The second verse is after the fact of losing his girlfriend, which also makes him pissed. But he stays with his tough mentality and says "what ever"
    BackupPlanManon May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsecond the angsty teenager theory, its mocking the teenager as a brat but also somewhat sympathetic for the kid being trapped in such a depressing/angry/bad mindset
    smokingtape1717on September 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about not giving a flying **** about anything anymore. The song does have an emo feel to it. The dude is trying to act like he aint phased by all the stuff that is really ticking him off e.g his girl friend(who he is still crazy over) moved on and things are looking good. A number of other problems are there, but he is still tryna pull a straight face and act like its all good... he knows he isnt really ok with this. How would you feel if somebody else was getting your ex to smile? probably wouldnt like it, but you would try to live with it even while it kills you deep inside...
    REDorbon November 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, this is definitely about snotty teens. I don't like the interpretation of it mocking anyone. To me, it seems more like being so frustrated with everything you just give up. That ever happen to you lot? You get so fucking fed up you just throw up your hands and laugh about it? That's kind of the feel I'm getting off this, anyway.
    Fisticleson July 02, 2010   Link

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