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Song Released: 1999


All Star Lyrics

Somebody once told me
The world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb
With her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an 'L' on her forehead

Well, the years start coming and they don't stop...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2008 11:54am report


    This is a good song. Not much to it but lets take it apart.

    "Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me / I aint the sharpest tool in the shed / she was lookin kinda dumb with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an L on her forehead."

    INTERPRETATION: Ignorance is bliss...ok so look at the lyrics, he's sayin she was lookin kinda dumb because he didn't know what the sign language was for loser..also he thinks life is great because he's dumb...

    "Well the years start comin and they don't stop comin, fed to the rules and I hit the ground runnin, didn't make sense not to live for fun, your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb"

    INTERPRETATION: Live life like you want to and have fun...Look at the lyrics he even says live for fun and break the rules

    "So much to do so much to see so whats wrong with takin the backstreets, you never know if you don't go, you never shine if you don't glow..."

    INTERPRETATION: DOnt rush, life has many rewards....try new things and work your way to the top...

    ok the chorus has one cool line: All that glitters is gold...basicly its saying find the good in everything...

    "It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
    You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older
    But the meteor men beg to differ
    Judging by the hole in the satellite picture"

    INTERPRETATION: Life only gets harder as you get older so live in the moment but some people don't think so...

    "The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
    The waters getting warm so you might as well swim
    My world's on fire how about yours
    That's the way I like it and I never get bored"

    INTERPRETATION: Go with the flow...when life gives you lemons make lemonade...enjoy living...

    "Somebody once asked could you spare some change for gas
    I need to get myself away from this place
    I said yep what a concept
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And we could all use a little change"

    INTERPRETATION: Were not all that different...life is a great thing...



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    zach
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    Oct 15th, 2013 10:27pm report


    "Somebody once told me
    The world is gonna roll me
    I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
    She was looking kind of dumb
    With her finger and her thumb
    In the shape of an 'L' on her forehead"

    -It basically is saying that even though he is not the smartest (sharpest tool in the shed), people think he's senseless and he doesn't care. (Taken from another person's interpretation. I agree with this portion)Except that the person telling him the world is going to roll him. Is saying that the world (through global warming, climate change, carbon-filled air, ozone depletion, etc) is going to take his life because of his inability to see this truth.


    "Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming
    Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
    Didn't make sense not to live for fun
    Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
    So much to do, so much to see
    So what's wrong with taking the backstreet?
    You'll never know if you don't go
    You'll never shine if you don't glow"

    -This is saying that we are born in the middle. In the middle of society, of "norms", and of our culture that has been influencing our perceptions of how to live life and fulfill happiness. He reminds us of this excitement that is ingrained into lives from birth. This idea that we need to
    glow in the dark before we shine in the light. We need to see this backstreet, as its the road less traveled -- It's a transfer in perspective from within the main-street/mainstream society train of thought to inner wisdom as a guide. To the dark, the place we put our garbage cans, the dirt that America sweeps under the rug. This will show you the light..

    "It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
    You're bundled up now, wait till ya get older
    But the medium man begs to differ
    Judging by the whole in the satellite picture
    The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
    The water's getting warm, so you might as well swim
    My world's on fire, how about yours?
    That's the way I like it and I never get bored."

    - This is the more direct references to effects of global warming, twisted within the context of our culture. These global changes are happening as a byproduct of our lifestyles. But how does the typical American find this relevant to his/her life? Ice skating, swimming, excitement, fun. Nothing but leisure-related activities. (After all, we're going have oceans warm enough to swim!!)This is our reasoning, fear of boredom.

    "Somebody once asked
    Could I spare some change for gas
    I need to get myself away from this place
    I said, "yep, what a concept
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And we could all use a little change"

    - The guy asking for "gas" feels this lifestyle is irrelevant - and he wants out. We are desperate for change, yet (again a reference to expropriation of natural resources)we ironically require "fuel" to even get away from the unsustainable life.

    An inescapable doom that we are creating ourselves, through the disillusionment of "quality of life" and "pursuit of happiness", and especially "freedom".



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    Ram98
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    Apr 26th, 2013 4:59pm report


    As a writer and all around literary person, here's what I think:

    Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
    I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed

    -He's thought of as naïve and not understanding the ways of the world (ain't the sharpest tool in the shed), which is why everyone may take advantage of him (the world is gonna roll me).

    She was looking kind of dumb, with her finger and her thumb
    In a shape of an L on her forehead.
    -He doesn't believe the bad things people say about him, he knows they're all dumb.

    Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
    Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
    -He realizes that he's getting older, and he's been living by the rules for so long that when he becomes independent, he eagerly starts("I hit the ground running).

    Didn't make sense not to live for fun,
    Your brain gets smart, but your head gets dumb.
    -He probably learned a lot, was very smart, but he didn't have any fun; he's brainy as a result, but he's too linear in his thinking to be street smart.

    Hey now, you're a rockstar, get your game on, go play
    Hey now, you're a rockstar, get the show on, get paid
    -It sounds like this is his inner voice talking, telling him to go for his goals and achieve (go play and get paid), and not mull over his insecurities.

    So much to do, so much to see,
    So what's wrong with taking the backstreets?
    -There's so much to discover in life, and it won't hurt to do it unconventionally, even if society frowns upon it.

    You'll never know if you don't go
    You'll never shine if you don't glow
    -If you don't try, you'll never discover and if you aren't confident in yourself, you won't shine to others

    (Chorus)
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold
    -This has confused many, but "gold" has possibly meant to represent materialism, and useless flashiness, but "shooting stars" which may be less tangible things in life like wishes and goals, go far beyond that.

    It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
    You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older
    -The world is a hard place, young people are sheltered, when they grow up, they may face the cold, hard life.

    But the meteor men beg to differ
    Judging by the hole in the satellite picture
    -"Meteor men" may refer to the young men who went to space; they conquered that in spite of all obstacles in life.

    The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
    The water's getting warm so you might as well swim
    -This is a dual reference to global warming and life. The ice may be melting, and our envornment is getting tougher, but we may as well make do with what we have.

    My world's on fire how about yours
    That's the way I like it and I never get bored
    -He takes great risks to achieve and to live an exciting life, and he says to take chances.

    Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas
    I need to get myself away from this place
    -He saw someone asking for help in reaching their goals/becoming stronger, and he had wished to get away from hopelessness.

    I said yep what a concept
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And we could all use a little change
    -He realized that it was a great idea to actually seek initiative instead of sitting around, and he wanted some of that; the "change" is merely a push in the right direction



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    anonymous
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    Dec 23rd, 2012 12:07pm report


    The song is really thoughtful and is very enlightening!



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    anonymous
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    Jun 2nd, 2011 6:32pm report


    I have to disagree with that. Here is a breakdown of the song in my version:

    "Somebody once told me
    The world is gonna roll me
    I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
    She was looking kind of dumb
    With her finger and her thumb
    In the shape of an 'L' on her forehead"

    -It basically is saying that even though he is not the smartest (sharpest tool in the shed), people think he's senseless and he doesn't care.


    "Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming
    Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
    Didn't make sense not to live for fun
    Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
    So much to do, so much to see
    So what's wrong with taking the backstreet?
    You'll never know if you don't go
    You'll never shine if you don't glow"

    -Life is fast, live it to the fullest. You can really break rules a few times just for fun. Why can't you? There's so much you can do out there. If you don't try, you'll never know what's out there.

    MAIN VERSE:
    Go and try your best and live life to the fullest, basically.

    "It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
    You're bundled up now, wait till ya get older
    But the medium man begs to differ
    Judging by the whole in the satellite picture
    The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
    The water's getting warm, so you might as well swim
    My world's on fire, how about yours?
    That's the way I like it and I never get bored."

    -You think life is hard now, just wait and see what's in store for you later. Make the most of problems. The last line, I beleive, means, "I have a lot of difficulty in my life. How about you? But I don't mind, it keeps me occupied."

    "Somebody once asked
    Could I spare some change for gas
    I need to get myself away from this place
    I said, "yep, what a concept
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And we could all use a little change"

    - The guy asking for "gas" feels life is too hard. But the guy singing the song has a much more positive outlook on life, and says they could all use some "change",meaning coins. This is an allegory. It actually means some help in life. Because the guy is asking for gas and the "change" is help in life. Because money helps us, no?




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