4 Non Blondes: What's Up Meaning
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Song Released: 1993
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What's Up Lyrics
25 years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination.
I realised quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made for this
Brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry...
anonymous Apr 21st, 4:41am report
To me ,it means for any choas that is going on in our lives or the world at the moment....we live in a f-upped country,we hate each other,were selfish ,we are so offended at everything ,we just suck as human beings...yes I lay in bed and cry (for my grandchildrens future)and everyday I scream whats going on.......Love God/do good...love to all
anonymous Feb 23rd, 2:15pm report
25 year prison sentence and just trying to make it through. And you just want to scream. What's going on?
anonymous Aug 29th, 2016 8:30pm report
The song simply and clearly expresses the frustration of a young woman trying to get on in life.,. unsuccessfully.. due to the patriarchal nature of society.
Aged 25, still trying to get up the ladder of hope, for some kind of destination... realising that it's a patriarchal world.. (Whatever this "brotherhood of man" means).. Crying sometimes at night just to get this stuff out.. And stepping outside in the morning and screaming "What's going on"?! ...at the ludicrous and endlessly frustrating patriarchal and misogynistic order of things!
She tries... Oh my god yes she tries.. But is up against a patriarchal world.. in which we could take the "institution" to refer to society as a whole, or the ever male-dominated music industry in which these female musicians were striving to get ahead..
And she prays.. Oh my god yes she prays.. For revolution.. For gender equality.. For revolutionising the sexist nature of society..
HEY, WHAT'S GOING ON???
HEY, WHAT'S GOING ON???
The sexist nature of society and its constituent institutions need questioning!!!
What the hell is going on with the prevailing sexist music industry and much of the world at large???
Thanks to 4 Non Blondes for posing the question in such a classic song!
anonymous Jul 6th, 2014 7:06am report
This song is about carrying on at all times, even when bad things happen. Saying 'hey' represents carrying on with your life.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2012 7:52pm report
The song is a representation of non binary gender teens realizing that something is very wrong as they get older.
anonymous May 10th, 2012 5:00pm report
The transition into adult hood from teens into young adult of 25. He is trying to become an adult but it isn't working. The institution is referring to society. He hides his feeling that it sucks to grow up.
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