"Birthday Cake" as written by and Yuka Honda Miho Hatori....
Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!

Yes, I'm cooking for my son and his wife
It's his thirtieth birthday
Pour berries into my bowl
Add milk of two months ago
"It's moldy mom, isn't it?"
I don't give a flying fuck though

Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!
Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!

It's food nouveau
It's food nouveau
It's the shape of love
Beat it! Beat it up!
Beat it! Beat it up!

Extra sugar, extra salt
Extra oil and MSG
Extra sugar, extra salt
Extra oil and MSG

Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!
Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!

You were born in the sixties
We made a war with the Vietnamese
We loved LSD, we died easily
Can we just say c'est la vie?
So what! Say what! For your own sake
Do you have a headache or heartbreak?
Are you made or broken by the birthday cake?
You may be slow on the uptake
I pour pot in the birthday cake
So what! Say what! For my own sake
Watch out yo! Here I come yo!
I'm gonna change to a rattlesnake
Turn up the TV! Do you agree?
Yeah, I'm talking turkey Take it from me
I'm gonna show my love for my dove
"But it's moldy, mom, isn't it?"

Extra sugar, extra salt
Extra oil and MSG
Extra sugar, extra salt
Extra oil and MSG

Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is sweet!
Shut up and eat!
Too bad, no bon appetit!
Shut up and eat!
You know my love is very sweet!


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"Birthday Cake" as written by Yuka Honda Miho Hatori

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the things that Cibo Matto's songs usually are, drugs and food.
    Gren901on March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd like to believe this song is definitely about the message, "can't we all just get along?"...and possibly drugs may help.

    Most of it is the worst recipe for cake in the world, rivaling only "Die Eier Von Satan." The rest of it is the cake as a metaphor for her love for her son. They seem to have a disharmonious relationship and she hopes a peace offering will smooth things over. Except for when she digresses to the 60' and how the war was bad but people did LSD and life went on. "C'est le vie" here I think has more of the "shit happens" tone. Which makes me feel the subtext to that is also that one must not take life so seriously, hence all the incredibly strange ingredients of the recipe (the last addition of course is pot). And let's not forget the conclusion that her love is "moldy."

    My conclusion? I Love this song.
    fishcakeson February 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is fun to sing along to when playing JSRF
    silverxxangelon June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDiscoEve, the song is definitely not that bad. I think it's rather catchy. Even though at times, it's the last song you'd ever want to hear.
    NoThankYou!on July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell most j pop is hard to listen to unless you are use to it. i got use to it when i was in korea myself. k and j pop are similar.
    DogXKon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot like Battlefield Earth being a really bad film that somehow manages to be quite good, this is one of those truly awful songs that happens to be really good! I know I like it. Don't ask me what it might be about though...
    Achmodeon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's about making peace by feeding people moldy cake and turning into a rattle snake.
    green_monkeyon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds to me like this song's main message is, "life sucks but you have to find the good in the bad."

    She is making a birthday cake for her son, but she is putting in old moldy milk because she doesn't have anything newer, but mixed in with that there are also berries. She throws in the extra (but cheap) ingrediants that she can to try and make it better. I'm a little unsure about the msg: in small amounts it can make food taste better, but she is putting in extra. Also, some people can have bad reactions to it.

    She is also talking about war, which is considered bad by pretty much all cultures, but she goes on to say "can't we just say c'est la vie," which basically means "such is life," which further concretes the message that you just have to deal with things. She knows this: she's going to show her love with this cake, even though it isn't perfect.

    I was thinking of other ways this could be interpreted, too -- perhaps in a more literal way -- but this is the one I'm throwing out there.
    jimethnon November 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe pronounciation is weird.

    "Shut up and eat!" sounds like "Shut up London eat!"

    Crazy, stupid, annoying...and addictive song.
    Deathsdoor99on November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like fishcakes thoughts a lot. Makes a great deal of sense. I always personally saw a parody of American cuisine in this song. How we basically eat anything and everything without realizing how cheaply mass produced it all is, or how unhealthy it is, but with some "extra sugar, extra salt, extra oil, and MSG" it tastes great! Because most people don't even read what's in their food...and even if they do, do we really care for more than a fleeting moment?
    Revidescent_84on June 21, 2011   Link

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