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Blink-182 What's My Age Again? Lyrics

Last updated: 04/11/2012 11:00:00 AM

I took her out it was Friday night
I wore cologne to get the feeling right
We started making out and she took off my pants
But then I turned on the TV
And that's about the time that she walked away from me
Nobody likes you when you're 23
And are still more amused by TV shows
What the hell is ADD?
My friends say I should act my age
What's my age again?
What's my age again?
Then later on, on the drive home
I called her mom from a pay phone
I said I was the cops
And your husband's in jail
This state looks down on sodomy
And that's about the time that bitch hung up on me
Nobody likes you when you're 23
And are still more amused by prank phone calls
What the hell is caller ID?
My friends say I should act my age
What's my age again?
What's my age again?
And that's about the time she walked away from me
Nobody likes you when you're 23
And you still act like you're in Freshman year
What the hell is wrong with me?
My friends say I should act my age
What's my age again?
What's my age again?
That's about the time she broke up with me
No one should take themselves so seriously
With many years ahead to fall in line
Why would you wish that on me?
I never want to act my age
What's my age again?
What's my age again?

Thanks to Rebekah Moss for submitting What's My Age Again? Lyrics.
Released : May 4, 1999
Label : MCA
Genre : Pop punk, punk rock
Length : 2:28
Writer(s) : Mark Hoppus
Format : CD single, 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
Recorded : 1998-1999
Producer : Jerry Finn

"What's My Age Again?" is a song by American pop punk band Blink-182. It was the first single released from the band's third album Enema of the State. The song, written by bassist Mark Hoppus, carries a theme about a protagonist who, despite being an adult, still behaves like a prepubescent child.

Released in November 1999, "What's My Age Again?" became Blink-182’s second hit single, setting a precedent for most of the band’s further career. The song peaked at #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart as well as #19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 117 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".

The album version continues the guitar outro from the previous track, "Going Away to College", whereas the single version cuts the fadeout and simply opens with the song’s trademark opening notes. The single version appears on the band’s Greatest Hits.

"What's My Age Again?" was written by bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge, while sung by Hoppus produced by Jerry Finn. The song has pop punk influences, with elements of pop and pop rock thrown in. The song has a driving tempo. "What's My Age Again?" is two minutes and twenty-eight seconds long. The song is composed in the key of F-sharp major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 80 beats per minute. Hoppus' vocal range spans from C3 to F4.

Described by Hoppus as "the track that launched [Enema of the State]", the track originally was titled "Peter Pan Complex" and went through a large amount of changes before it was finally completed. The label MCA forced the name change to which Hoppus was unhappy about. According to Hoppus, a few lines near the end of the song were written the day the final cut of the song was completed: "No one should take themselves so seriously, with many years ahead to fall in line – why would you wish that on me?" The version heard on the demo for Enema of the State, recorded in late 1998, does not have these lines and has a different ending.

Whilst describing the song, guitarist Tom DeLonge has jokingly stated:
" The song is about Mark [Hoppus], he's 28 and he still acts like a kid... rolling around on the floor and shit. "

The single was released November 4, 1999, and reached number 2 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart – the highest Blink-182 had gotten to the top, to that point. It was a major hit single, largely due to its music video, discussed in detail below. As well, the song peaked at number 19 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The song has been a part of each live set since 1999. In several live performances, DeLonge has stated that the song is hard to play, and he needs silence to concentrate, or some variation. This can be heard on the band’s official live album The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) and various singles released by the band. As with most songs performed by the band live, the song is up-tempo and includes many jokes. In the version heard on The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!), Hoppus changes the song’s title to "Where’s My Asian Friend?"

"What’s My Age Again?" can be found on the U.S. edition of the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 3 (1999). The song is available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series and Guitar Hero World Tour; it is part of the setlist of Rock Band Unplugged. When originally released, the song was performed on Saturday Night Live along with "All the Small Things" on January 8, 2000 on the season 25 episode hosted by Jamie Foxx. In this performance, Mark Hoppus changed the line "But then I turned on the TV" to "But then I turned on NBC" in a nod to the channel that currently airs the long-running sketch show. The song is featured in the film Loser.

During the Honda Civic Tour, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker with their band +44 covered the song along with "The Rock Show" and "Dammit". A choir version was also sung in the 2009 British television drama All The Small Things in which one part of the lyrics was changed from "nobody likes you when you're 23" to "nobody loves you when you're 23". The song was recently featured in a trailer for the film 17 Again. From Wikipedia



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