Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
To live

They got little hands
And little eyes
And they walk around
Tellin' great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Well, I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
'Round here

Short people are just the same
As you and I
(A fool such as I)
All men are brothers
Until the day they die
(It's a wonderful world)

Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
To love

They got little baby legs
And they stand so low
You got to pick 'em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That got beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin' peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They're gonna get you every time

Well, I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
'Round here


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Short People Lyrics as written by Randy Newman

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    Randy Newman may well be an asshole, but that's not the point. The idea of the song is to take a particularly ridiculous prejudice and exaggerate it to the nth degree. Maybe some people are insensitive to short people, maybe even a little prejudiced against them, but no one actually hates them as a group for goodness sake..... By exaggerating a particularly absurd prejudice, Newman was making fun of prejudice in general.

    Bill Troaton June 14, 2003   Link
  • +2
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    Also you are correct ereed6 Randy Newman has stated that the song was written from the perspective of a crazy person. Very cool you knew that. I still don't think that negates the fact that the song is making a point on discrimination. When I talk to a racist or sexist person, I often walk away thinking that they are lunatics. They are irrational, they lack a clear concept of reality, and project paranoid thoughts onto individuals who are of no threat to them. Sounds like a crazy person to me! From a song writing perspective the character singing the song would have to be crazy. No sane person would believe those things. But it becomes this crazy person's beliefs that ultimately become a perfect critique on discrimination.

    NateFairbankson April 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
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    I Heard Glenn Danzig wanted to kick Randy's ass after this was released

    Staticburn89on April 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Got into lift at a Randy concert (he was backed by the LSO) - very tall elegant blonde turned to her equally distinguished male companion and whispered "I see we have some short people too" - it was kind of amusing, even if I wasn't supposed to hear - btw - I've known to tell a few blonde jokes "What do you call a blonde in a particle-physics department? Ans - the cleaner.

    I think Randy is mildly prejudiced on this - he is squint-eyed, overweight etc but at least not short - he's gets a catharsis out of this in a way - so do I.

    vasnmoGoon March 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    ur all wrong.. he's a nazi...

    out..

    DNPinthePPon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    So short-minded people have little hands, tiny teeth, and are so short you have to pick them up to say hello? No, sorry, you're wrong.

    randir14on November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    i'm quite short my self.... my boyfriend is quite tall...he sings this to me alot... i hit him hard when he does ... :P

    anyway cant watch toystory without wanting to punch randy newman lol

    Saoirsefluffballon November 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is written from the perspective of a crazy person. There is no deep meaning. It's just silly. Randy Newman told me this in concert 3 days ago.

    ereed6on February 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    what does this song mean to me? humm... well either Randy Newman is a comedy mastermind or the biggest asshole on the planet... u decide

             Peace out
    laquishaon March 04, 2003   Link
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    The ridiculous thing about this song is that he obviously doesnt mean it but after it was released midgets protested outside of anywhere he was performing

    utasteadrenalineon October 02, 2004   Link

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