Gwen Stefani - “Hollaback Girl”

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Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani.

Gwen Stefani - “Hollaback Girl”

Lyrics

touchdown is again Football Of American stuff. It is equivalent to the world's “gooooal” with a touch of slam or stab.
take you out putting you out against your will, by force, as in, “out of the game”; make you lose.
pom-poms those fluffy thingamabobs cheerleaders use in their show to attract attention, along with their tender flesh and high kicks.
bleachers A bleacher is the typical aluminum benches of echelon stack in a outdoor track and field for spectacle. Typical of highschool or college. It is a American thing. (so are cheerleaders)
sock it to you this will have to mean something like “do it back to you” in some unnecessarily cordial way.
bites the dust this one is easy. It means dead. Because, in dusty locations, when one is dead, one almost literally bites the dust. (e.g. dropping dead face down.)
Uh huh, this my shit
All the girls stomp your feet like this

A few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna have been like that
Because I ain't no hollaback girl
I ain't no hollaback girl

Oooh, this my shit, this my shit

I heard that you were talking shit
And you didn't think that I would hear it
People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up
So I'm ready to attack, gonna lead the pack
Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out
That's right, put your pom-poms down, getting everybody fired up

…

So that's right dude, meet me at the bleachers
No principals, no student-teachers
All the boys want to be the winner, but there can only be one
So I'm gonna fight, gonna give it my all
Gonna make you fall, gonna sock it to you
That's right, I'm the last one standing, another one bites the dustLet me hear you say, this shit is bananas B
A-N-A-N-A-S

I first heard this song about 5 o'clock in the wee hours, when my brother's radio alarm stereo blasted to wake him up. And in the about 30 seconds of exposure in my dreamy state, i loved immensely immediately. And, as a effect, i dreamed about this song for the rest 3 hours in my sleep that day for some odd reason. I don't recall the detail, but something about labyrinth with the lyrics, as i was determined to retain what snippets of lyrics i got so that i could lookup when awake and track the song down. (unfortunately, upon waking, i don't remember any lyrics.)

This song is very much like “fck the pain away” by Peaches. It's got strong pumping beat, of cheerleader's stomps, on some American football tuff, the brainlessness of it, have me seduced shitless right away.

Mmm, what exactly is a “hollaback girl”? A girl that howls back? I'm twice of 18 to know, but i guess nobody really knows.

I particularly loved the line “Let me hear you say, this shit is bananas” with the spelling out of bananas cheerleader-style: B! A-N-A-N-A-S!

Generally speaking, when a animal is at youngling age, the competition is fiercest and mortality highest. It is a age of survival for almost all animals. Hang on there babes.

Although this is a song of teens, but the singer Gwen Stefani is actually 35. So she caters to the younger sisters. But that's not out of ordinary as most popsters cater to the rash and troubled ages. It is in such a age, concepts in these songs are fascinating and critical.

Hollaback Girl
Cover art of the album Hollaback Girl, by J Martin.
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