"Thrift Shop" as written by and Ben Haggerty Ryan S Lewis....
Hey Macklemore? can we go thrift shopping?

What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what
What, what, what, what

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

Nah Walk up to the club like, What up, I got a big cock!
I'm just pumped, just bought some shit from the thrift shop
Ice on the fringe, it's so damn frosty
The people like, Damn! That's a cold ass honkey.
Rollin' in, hella deep, headin' to the mezzanine
Dressed in all pink, 'cept my gator shoes, those are green
Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin' next to me
Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly's sheets
(Piss)
But shit, it was ninety-nine cents! (Bag it) Coppin' it, washin' it
'Bout to go and get some compliments
Passin' up on those moccasins someone else's been walkin' in them
Bummy and grungy, fuck it man, I am stuntin' and flossin' and
And savin' my money and I'm hella happy that's a bargain, bitch
I'ma take your grandpa's style, I'ma take your grandpa's style
No for real ask your grandpa can I have his hand-me-downs?
(Thank you) Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie brown leather jacket that I found diggin'
They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard
I bought a skeet blanket, and then I bought a kneeboard
Hello, hello, my ace man, my Miller
John Wayne ain’t got nothing on my fringe game, hell no
I could take some Pro Wings, make them cool, sell those
The sneaker heads would be like Aw, he got the Velcros

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

What you know about rockin' a wolf on your noggin?
What you knowin' about wearin' a fur fox skin?
I'm digging, I'm digging, I'm searching right through that luggage
One man's trash, that's another man's come up
Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button-up shirt
'Cause right now I'm up in her skirt
I'm at the Goodwill, you can find me in the (Uptons)
I'm that, I'm that sucker searchin' in that section (Uptons)
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second-hand, I rock that motherfucker
The built-in onesie with the socks on that motherfucker
I hit the party and they stop in that motherfucker
They be like, Oh, that Gucci. That's hella tight
I'm like, Yo that's fifty dollars for a T-shirt
Limited edition, let's do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt, that's just some ignorant bitch (Shit)
I call that getting swindled and pimped (Shit)
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt's hella dope
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don't
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won't
Then you hella won't

(Goodwill, poppin' tags, yeah!)

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

I wear your granddad's clothes
I look incredible
I'm in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road

I wear your granddad's clothes
I look incredible
I'm in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

Is that your grandma's coat?


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"Thrift Shop" as written by Ben Haggerty Ryan S Lewis

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  • +10
    My InterpretationI think the song is about the current state of today's youth and society. Everyone cares about who has what and how much did it cost. It is exemplified in the last passage before the end by:

    "They be like, 'Oh, that Gucci, that’s hella tight!'
    I’m like, 'Yo, that’s 50 dollars for a t-shirt'
    Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
    50 dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant bitch (sheeeeit)
    I call that getting swindled and pimped (sheeeeit)
    I call that getting tricked by a business"

    I believe (in my opinion) it also encourages people to dress however they want, what they want and don't look at the materialistic side of things. Even thrift stores can be cool you know? ;)
    allnaturalon January 07, 2013   Link
  • +7
    Song Meaningits about how you can look good wearing what you want, you don't need a bunch of money and you dont have to wear gucci or prada or the pinkys up brands too look good, he can rock a $20 outfit while other rappers wear 50000000 dollar clothes
    ryasureon January 17, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThe meaning of this song is fairly straightforward to me. It is first a wakeup call to the fact that people blow an unbelievable amount of money on clothes to give themselves a distinctive "style" so that they may impress others and to boost our own confidence. Because fashion trends are so subjective and always changing, people will always be tricked into giving up their money. But what people are really starving for the most is self-differentiation and coming up with an entirely new style to set themselves apart from the masses. Macklemore suggests that you might be able to do just that by being creative at the thrift shop. You could have just as good a shot at getting laid in that interesting 99 cent shirt as one of those $50 douchebag shirts they sell at places like The Buckle. This song essentially flips the bird at the concept that one has to spend a lot of money to put together an interesting style. The song also reminds us that you may start a new trend amongst your peers or get laughed out of the place. Like the very essence of shopping at the thrift store itself, it's hit or miss whether or not buying someone else's used stuff will actually work out.
    antec84on March 24, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThrift stores are the best.
    Tommy12on November 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a rejection of overly label-conscious clothing choices. But mostly it's just funny as hell. And the video is not to be missed. Macklemore's other music takes on more serious issues such as drug abuse, but the message of image and commercialism here is also an important one.
    joejefferyCTon February 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe this song mocks the mentality of todays youth; that the value of their cloths refelects the value of their person. The speaker is saying that you don't need to spend a lot of money to find cloths that look nice. You shouldn't spend money for the sake of spending money and give in to greedy bussinesses that trick you into thinking that you need a product. The song also implies that no matter how gawdy the cloths he wears are, people will always complement him because he is a famous rapper and he makes weird styles cool. The speaker is mocking impressionable people.
    Spiphon January 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHave any of you been thrift shopping? da fuck are these answers? yea you are all right but seriously guys...

    this song is all about how absolutely, positively, totally freakin awesome it feels to go thrift shopping! grabbin deals left and right! findin an actual pair of shoes and theyre NIKE SBs, FUCK YEA!! head down to the Goodwill Outlet where the video is filmed and youll find out, or youll see that you didnt bring latex gloves and walk out like "wow, he really meant it when he said it smelled like PISSSSS"

    also the value village on cap hill is dope (also filmed), and theres a little thrift shop down the street on Union between 11th and 10th, got a pull up bar for doorways there for 5 bucks :)
    austing5on January 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you're actually truly looking for the meaning to this song, you're reading way too much into it. It's basically a joke. Making light of being broke and trying to fit in with kids who buy super expensive nice clothes. That is literally all there is to it.
    Larlarlaurenon January 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about how dope thrift shops are... you dont always walk away with some bad ass stuff. but if you hunt for it, you can come up with something gold. 'come up' refers to someones next big thing.
    allender02on February 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song explores a really interesting theme about life and death.
    Regardless of who you are, we all spend time frittering life away buying and selling things we never need in the first place, just to fill that void between birth and death. The fact that it was 99 cents and he still hasn't washed it reflects that he may be poor, but he still wants to fit in with the cool people in the club, hence arriving with the line 'whatup I got a big cock'. The fact that he's poor is reiterated when he mocks the people who spend 50 dollars on t-shirts when he is smart and gets them cheaper. He cleverly realises that we wear clothes for a stupid reason and is saying if you're going to cover yourself up for the simple reason that 'everyone else does it' why not do it as cheap as possible?
    The reference to family 'your grandma your mammy etc.' is saying that everyone is so conformist and they really should just chill, because everything gets passed on anyway.
    jpecimageon March 29, 2013   Link

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