You know it's kind of hard
Just to get along today
Our subject isn't cool
But he fakes it anyway
He may not have a clue
And he may not have style
But everything he lacks
Well he makes up in denial

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
So do that brand new thing

He needs some cool tunes
Not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube
So he bought Vanilla Ice
Now cruising in his Pinto, he sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice
They're gonna kick his lily ass

Now he's getting a tattoo
He's gettin' ink done
He asked for a '13', but they drew a '31'
Friends say he's trying too hard
And he's not quite hip
But in his own mind
He's the dopest trip

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
The world loves wannabe's
So let's get some more wannabe's
And do that brand new thing



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Pretty Fly (for A White Guy) song meanings
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  • +5
    General Comment:i reckon this song is about a prat who thiks he is cool.

    the funniest lyric is 'but they didnt have ice cube so he bought vanilla ice!"
    luke roseon June 16, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:THIS SONG SO DOES NOT SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It's a poke at the middle-Upper class white kids, who have never been in the ghetto in their whole fucking lives, but think that listening to rap music and wearing "Ice" makes them tough. Me, I know I'm white, and I am not gonna try to act like I'm black to seem "cool". i'm not gonna listen to rap, cus rap is shit and not real music. Im gonna stay at home, play video games, and listen to rock music. If you are black, and you like rap music, fine. if you are white, and you like rap music, fine. If you are Black and you like rock music, fine. But if you don't like rap, don't listen to it and act the style just to fit in or to make yourself feel tough. be who you are. Rock On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WYWHon September 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Whenever I hear this song, three weeks later I'll be still singing it!!!!!
    Surprise for Olexon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I always thought the 13 tattoo was referencing MS-13. The tattoo of a 13 is a way for him to make it look like he's related to gangs in some way and make him 'gangster', but by getting a 31 it just makes him look even more stupid since it has no real meaning.
    comforteagleon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:yeah its a great sing a long. Especially when youre fucked up.
    travis666on May 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i wish i knew why many people hate this song -- i think it is fucking hilarious, but it is the truth. there are so many fucking gangster wannabes and posers in the world today, that it is ridiculous.

    i really like the line "At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake"
    RiddledRevengexxon April 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:every one says they love this song because it's funny but I love this song because of the social commentary. That's the reason I really like this album because all the songs have a purpose. This song isn't only making fun of rich white kids who act ghetto it's a commentary on anyone who gives up what they really are to follow a trend and how ridiculous they look to everyone around them.
    I_live_for_tweekon October 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Yeah its about this white dude who thinks he's the best rapper eva and he doesn't know noone likes him.
    greendayboy1on February 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Ha! this song in halarious even though it's a few years old! Uno dos tres, cuatro, cinco , cino seis! : P
    *molly*on June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I disagree with Luke Rose. The funniest line is "He asked for a 13 but they drew a 31".
    MetalliCatManon June 28, 2002   Link

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