Teenage Dirtbag Lyrics - Wheatus
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Her name is Noelle
I have a dream about her
she rings my bell
I got gym class in half an hour
Oh how she rocks
In Keds and tube socks
But she doesn't know who I am
And she doesn't give a damn about me
Cause I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby
Yeah I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby
Listen to Iron Maiden baby... with me
Her boyfriend's a dick
he brings a gun to school
And he'd simply kick
My ass if he knew the truth
He lives on my block
and He drives an IROC
But he doesn't know who I am
And he doesn't give a damn about me...
Cause i'm just a teenage dirtbag baby
Yeah i'm just a teenage dirtbag baby
listen to Iron Maiden baby with me
Oh yeah, dirtbag
No, she doesn't know what she's missing.
Oh yeah, dirtbag
No, she doesn't know what she's missing.
Man I feel like mold
It's prom night and I am lonely.
Lo and behold
she's walking over to me.
This must be fake
My lip starts to shake
How does she know who I am?
And why does she give a damn about me?
(and she said)
I've got two tickets to Iron Maiden baby
Come with me Friday - don't say maybe.
I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby
Ooohoo Hoo Hooooooo
Oh yeah, dirtbag
No, she doesn't know what she's missing.
Oh yeah, dirtbag
No, she doesn't know what she's missing...YYYYEEEEEEEEEHHHHHH
Writer: Brown, Brendan B
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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i used to be one | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/3/14
I used to be a teenage dirtbag in my junior high years. I was bullied because I was different from most of the students; super rich girls and boys, not to mention, super popular, with newest high-tech cellphones and make up kits to brag about at school every day. Coming from a very modest family, I couldnt afford any of that, and I didnt want to because I knew my craving for those things which I thought those would help me blend in would be a burden for my parents' financial condition. I tried to shrug off the pressure by studying hard, working on my grades. I made it, I excelled at school, but it made them even take more advantages of me. One of them had me do her school assignment.
The popular kids also made fun of my look. They were all gorgeous looking boys and girls with great hair and rocking bodies. On the contrary, I was a nerdy dork looking girl with long hair I didnt know what to do about it. One day, I heard a guy called me "Sadako", the Japanese ghost character in the movie, referring to my long unattractive hair covering a bit of my face. They never knew I let some hair get into my face and eyes so nobody would be able to see me clearly, and also because I was afraid to see and be seen due to their harsh attitudes to me. Actually, Sadako is only one of many names I can remember people called me.
At a school study tour to another city about 12 hours drive from ours, the hotel room in which my classmate and I were staying got a phonecall from other students, we never know who they are, saying mean things about us, "You are fucking outcasts, you and your lame-o alienated friends. You guys are the most unpopular kids at school. You suck as hell. What? You're angry? You're crying? Oh such a poor baby. Dont ever try to mess with us because we are kids of this popular gang at school that can crush you like a dirty bug if we want to." As a result, my terrified friend and I left the phone not in its proper position so nobody could call us for the rest of the study tour. Frankly, I am still afraid of phonecalls until now.
There were some times when I was thinking of suicide because things just got worse. Those bullies got even meaner and meaner every day, I couldnt take it anymore. I was thinking about jumping off the school roof but I dont think it would take my life because it isnt so high. Gun was never a solution because my parents didnt have one and I didnt know where to get a gun. Slicing my wrist, to me, was not a good idea to suicide as there is always a possibility you will remain alive and not lose all your blood. So I didnt manage to do it.
I never had a boyfriend back then. All guys saw me with gross expression in their eyes. I was fine with that anyway as I was fully aware I was not even near to beautiful. One day, this most popular guy at school had a little difficulty doing a class project. He asked his gangs for help but no hands were around. Since I mastered the subject, I helped him out, not knowing it would take a toll of me. It seemed he didnt expect me to be the only person assisting him while his jocks friends didnt give a fuck about him. Somehow, he was moved by my action that he gradually developed a crush on me. Yet he never told me first hand for he had a girlfriend back then (and yes she was popular too) and due to our "caste" gap. However, he managed to let me know by writing he loved me on some school desks in various classes, like this: "Greg and xxx (my name) = perfect couple". At first, I didnt notice, but my friend spotted one of these writings carved on a desk and showed me. More and more desks saying that. I freaked out. I was scared I would be bullied even worse by his girlfriend's gang. This guy, who used to not even bother to know I existed, started to try to get closer to me. He chose to sit next to me at class, talk to me, throw some jokes to make me laugh, but I never responded too much for I was afraid.
One day, my art project that was kept at the class mini display was lost. Somebody stole it. I reported to my teacher and she asked the class if anyone had seen it. Nobody said anything. I thought, "Oh well, at least I already had an A for it before it was lost." The very same day, during lunch break, this guy roamed around the school hall with the art class mini display in his hands, asking each and every kid in the hall if he/she had seen it or at least knew where it was. I happened to be there, putting some books into my locker, witnessing all he did for me. When he accidentally caught my curious gaze at him, I looked away quickly, my heart beating fast. I wanted to say thank you but I didnt want to draw any more attention so I kept silent. And then he walked by, still inspecting every kid about my art project whereabouts for the rest of the day. I will never forget it. That is the most heroic thing people ever did to me. I have never asked anyone to fight my battle, whatever it is about, I always struggle myself. I still pray for him sometimes when I remember him, as a substitute for my gratitude.
This song reminds me of my bleak days being a teenage dirtbag. Now I am not a teenage anymore but I still feel the impacts of being bullied. I have this constant fear of people coming to me and all of sudden saying hurtful things to me, or abusing me physically. I am scared of my past, even more scared that someone will find out who I used to be. That is why I never attend my junior high school reunions and constantly change my number to cover my trace. I dont want to have any social media account in my real name since I fear those bullies will resurrect from the past and torture me for some more.
Thank God things started to get better in senior high school, college, and work. I make lots of new friends I can rely on and love me just the way I am. I never hear about those bullies anymore, but one of them became a prostitute. That is all I know. This bullying experience taught me to know people well before deciding whether he/she is someone you can trust or not. It also taught me to be friends with anyone, dont be a cocky person. And thats why I never let any of my friends walk home alone after school. Friends do things together, walk home together, go have some fun together. No friends left behind.
For those bullied out there, try to defend yourself. Dont let anyone take away your pride and smash it to the ground. Fight back, even if you lose. But it is much better than remain passive. Get a hobby, try to master it, find your hidden talent. Make friends. Search for people that you can relate to. One is enough, more is better. At least you have someone you can talk to and love you dearly. As time goes by, things will get better. It may not be perfect, your past scars may not heal completely, but it is still better. Dont be a bully yourself, not even once. You are much better than that.
Raise 'Em Right | Reviewer: Leah | 1/11/14
I was four years old when this song came out, and my sister was 18. She taught me how to sing this song, and she'd play it on her guitar, and now when I visit her, she breaks out the same old guitar and we sing shamelessly in the house with my nephews. :)
Y'all are so young! | Reviewer: Almost Middle-Aged Dirtbag (baby) | 11/15/13
I was an actual teenage dirtbag when this song came out! I had long hair, and I listened to heavy metal, and nobody gave a damn about me. I thought the song could have been about me.
It's awesome to see that young people are still listening to it. That's the mark of a good song, I think.
love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/12/13
reminds me of 01 when I was 21 a travelling Irsh man with his girlfriend and a few mate's we made a long the way
in oz all them years ago. song still gets me all pumped up. love it . Joe
I AM JUST A TEENAGE DIRTBAG BABY | Reviewer: Maria | 2/15/13
This song never grows old... I was about 2 months old when this came out in 2000. Beautiful, everybody hates it at my school....! I know! So me and my best friend play and sing it anyway! It will be in soon!!!! We'll make sure of that!
Reminds me of my younger years! | Reviewer: Psycho | 2/13/13
I was probably not born when this came out... but I love it! I am still at school and it is NOT the song to sing, so we sing it anyway. LOVE Iron Maiden! Reminds me of this girl at school.... ;)
simply the best | Reviewer: DAKAT | 10/15/11
This is the best song ever. so much memories of high school. also reminds me of this 1 chick i had a crush on. eccept i never got to be with this girl, cause she was way out of my leage. and i was just a unpopular nerdy kid with little friends. lol! but to day im happily engage with amazing hot looking indian girl. and i played her this song just the other day, and now we blast this tune in the car when ever we want, singing loudly, and making new memories! LOVE YOU RENELLE!!
great song! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/16/11
What makes this song so great is that probably everyone can relate and see themselves in it, and everyone that grew up with this song have memories from their youth with the song playing in the background. Everyone was a teenage dirtbag, because its about being left outside, and I guess everyone have felt that at some time, even if it was not the case. Teenagers are just vulnerable. But its really epic that he wins her in the end even though its hes own dream.
Hilarious song | Reviewer: Lauren | 9/24/11
I was a baby when this came out, but i was listening to 105.7 the point, they played it. This song is fairly entertaining. I'm 11, almost to my dirtbag years. :0 But who said i was going to be like other teenagers? I can be different. I'll make sure it doesn't happen. But this song is a my boyfriends joke to me. Except i'm not noelle, he is. He's 2 years older (and i could care less. He's amazing), and i at first told myself he would never have me. But look where i'm at. He's always over and he brags about me. You can see that for yourself under another review. I already forgot the exact one. It's either breath or diary of jane which are both by breaking benjamin. He refuses to put his name too. His mom would kill him if he posted it.
WOW! | Reviewer: Kathleen | 9/15/11
This song came out when I was probably 9 or 10 years old, and i always thought it was written about my sister! Her name is noelle and i would sit and listen to this song wondering about her secret life lol!
ilikeit | Reviewer: ntys | 12/26/10
i know this song when 11 or 12years old,,, i watch this on mtv,,, i'm forget the band, but i'm remember the title is just 1 word, is teenage,
but know it again, this day when search movie, n i found the loser movie,,, oh god thx for this song LOL
crazy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/12/10
I was maybe 8 or 9 when this came out, but I didn't hear it until I was maybe, 17. Those were definitely my dirtbag years. I spent my time running away living from couch to couch, going from show to show being a proud teenage dirtbag. Just turned 20 and so I'm no longer a teenager, but the memories to this are great. I've calmed down a lot and it's crazy how responsible this teenage dirtbag is now...
Senior dirtbag | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/7/10
I was about 50 years old when this song came out. It brought me straight back to my teenage years. At that time, in the mid-60s, I didn't have a name for what I was - but when then song came out, I recognised myself as a teenage dirtbag. I am now 60, still love the song, and still am a dirtbag -- a senior dirtbag.
Old | Reviewer: Keeley | 9/5/10
You are all making me feel so old, I was 10 when this song came out. Me and my older sister use to scream this at the top of our lungs coming home from school on the bus, it ended up being the entrie bus singing this song by the time we got off. I miss school, now all I do is work.
high school nostalgia | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/6/10
In freshman year, a girl named Noelle came into my english class, and me and my friend started singing this, then the teacher, then some other kids, when we finished the teacher said he was gonna give us a test but we just brightened his day enough so we didn't have to, fuck yeah.
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