"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" as written by and Brad Roberts....
Once there was this kid who
Got into an accident and couldn't come to school
But when he finally came back
His hair had turned from black into bright white
He said that it was from when
The cars had smashed him so hard

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Once there was this girl who
Wouldn't go and change with the girls in the change room
But when they finally made her
They saw birthmarks all over her body
She couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just been there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

But both the girl and boy were glad
'Cause one kid had it worse than that

'Cause then there was this boy whose
Parents made him come directly home right after school
And when they went to their church
They shook and lurched all over the church floor
He couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just gone there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Oh oh
Oh oh


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"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" as written by Brad Roberts

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  • +9
    General Commenti always believed that this song was about children in messed up situations, it doesnt matter about what kid or what happened. the kids in the song are just examples. i think its about children trying to cope with burdens in life, trying to understand why bad things happen and why they happen to them, why their parents are fucked up, why theyre different. its a sad song. really good song, pitty it was passed off as a joke song by most people.
    caramelprisoneron July 28, 2006   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationI think it's a commentary to physical vs. emotional "trials". The first boys experienced an event that injured him and left him physically changed, the girl had extensive natural blemishes. Exactly as the lyrics say, neither knew why, they just knew they were different, but none the less had these circles of people around them. However, they were still better off than the kid whose parents mentally brainwashed him...who was not allowed to socialize, was not allowed to go out, and was obviously being raised in some cultish church that he didn't know what any of it meant or why...he was simply being blindly raised to be a shut in and follow an idealogy that wasn't being explained, just, "You do it." So that's my take, physical differences can be challenging, but emotional brainwashing and not being you're own person is more damning.
    WVOtteron January 21, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentYou have to wait the last verse of the song to catch the meaning of the song : There's always someone worse off than you. Especially when it comes to material/physical issues in front of mind/spirituals ones. The lyrics are about these three kids but it coulda been about anyone...Simple and good.
    BoomShakaon December 27, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm not sure I buy the abuse thing. The FAQ at crashtestdummies.com discusses an alternate verse which most certainly does not deal with abuse, but with disappointment (apparently there was a 3rd alternate verse, which has not been published). Brad also refers to the parents in the 3rd verse as "ecstatic christians". I doubt someone would refer to abusive parents using the word "ecstatic".

    To me, this song seems like a big joke on Brad Roberts' part. Verses one and two are the leadup, describing children with unusually bad luck, suffering embarassing situations. The punchline is that they're both glad that they're not the kid in the last verse, with his overbearing fundie parents.

    "They shook and lurched all over the church floor" I really always thought Brad was referring to nondenominational charismatic churches and their flocks' penchant for dancing (in the most bizarre fashions; "interpretive" doesn't begin to cover it) here. It supports the band's obvious disdain for organised religion, as well as the idea that a child trying to be accepted by his peers would be mortified to have his involvement in that behaviour made public, whether it's against his will or not.
    perthon April 16, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song sums up trying to explain yourself in life.

    These teenagers in the song are feeling awkward, trying to explain events that indeed happen to everyone but we are conditioned to feel embarrassed about.

    For example,

    A boy who was in a traumatic accident and going through it turned his hair white

    A girl who is embarrassed about the birthmarks (or bruises from abuse) on her body who "had always just been there"

    A boy who goes to church and thought nothing of it until he is old enough (a teen now) to see how strange it is and to be self-conscious about it. After all, they had "always just gone there"
    gradgirlon February 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thinkur reading too much into it - i think its a song a song thats about stuff that just happens that is sometimes wierd. its just life, you know. i think the chorus embodies that idea.
    friedslipperson January 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about physical vs. mental pain/damage as well.
    kmk_natashaon February 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi've tried to look at this from every angle..i think if there is a meaning behind it, its pretty simple. the abuse seems plausible, but if the video is actually connected to the song i think it is as simple as this: the first boy and girl have issues, interpret what their problems are how you wish, for these purposes lets say its literal. the boy was in a serious accident which has obviously made him very scared, i guess metaphorically scared the pigment from his hair. the girl is marked all over her body and is bullied for it..
    i think the answer is all in the parents though, the first two couples who correspond wth the first two kids are smiling and clearly eager to see their kids perform, and at the end give a standing ovation..
    the third kids parents roll their eyes in impatience and look disappointed at him..
    so i guess the idea is..the first kids have had issues on the inside and out, they've had to overcome things, and although nothing is wrong with the first kid, he is worst off of all because he doesnt have the love, support and warmth of his parents.
    yeah?
    well i think its as simple as that
    of all the meaning i've tried to construct, i hope it is that one, its sad, but its a nice meaning.
    livlahstaron November 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMost people don't get this song. That's why they hate it. I think it's about beliefs. The first verse mentions a boy who had something happen to him that he had no control over - the accident and that his hair turned white. The second verse mentions a girl that was born with an abnormality - birthmarks all over her body. Again, something she had no control over. But when the song mentions the kid who believes in a certain (strange) religion just because his parents did, this is worse than the other two kids. Worse because you can't change what happens to you, but you can change, and challenge, your beliefs and what their based upon. And if you don't, you're just opening yourself up to ridicule that is worse than those with abnormalities they couldn't control could ever receive.

    I also like the fact that it's nonstandard in that it doesn't rhyme, nor does it even have real words in it's chorus. It leaves the listener to open their mind a little.
    AbleApeon July 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts not about abuse its about how so many people give people greif over quirks such as appearance and religion and the two are at least glad that they dont get as much ridicule or any actual physical pain (such as hurling daily) like the third kid. And finally the mmm mmm mmm mmm is like say "Oh how sad how everybody is like that just leave em alone" or "uh huh even misfits are glad about the people weirder than them.
    Ithinkyoudunnoon November 29, 2010   Link

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