Growing Up Music: Barenaked Ladies “One Week”

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barenaked ladies One WeekHere is to the songs we sung and loved in our youth, like “One Week” by the Barenaked Ladies, but didn’t appreciate until we were older!

  Sometimes you’re too young to really understand the message of a song. Or maybe you’re just not at the right place in life. My youth was spent jammin’ out to songs, boppin’ my head as I rode the subway–and now I realize that I didn’t understand most of them. I mutter the lyrics these days and stop and go “Oh, that’s what they meant?” And why should I have understood them? They were grown folks singing about grown folk stuff, and I was young and inexperienced. But now: relationships, heartbreak, new friends, betrayal, kids, money problems, and 5 seasons of The Good Wife later, I got experiences.   One of my favorite songs was the Barenaked Ladies’ One Week. It’s still a song that gets stuck in my head every now and again. Recently I was just absent-mindedly singing and and dancing to it, to the amusement of my son. For the first time I looked at it through the eyes of someone in a serious longer term relationship, and all I could think was: chickity china the chinese chicken!   Now I can actually look back at some fights my serious relationships have yielded and the first verse makes so much sense! Kids with high school crushes and casual college relationships won’t ever understand what it means to tell someone that you love to piss off until they “get that together” and then “come back and see me”. In fact, all of the slightly different choruses make sense to someone with serious relationship experience: it shows the progression of most serious fights between two stubborn people who love one another. This is something that I can relate to.   With all the emotions I’ve experienced with life’s ups and downs, sometimes I do throw my hands up and say ‘Screw it!’ and cut loose despite decorum or common sense. Yes, I’ve had “a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve” and a “history of taking off my shirt”.   So with all of it’s deep meaning, Sailor Moon references, and fast talking jibber-jabber, the Barenaked Ladies’ One Week is the first song in our “Growing Up Music” series.    

Do you have a song you used to love back in the day, but has new meaning to you as you grew older or had life experiences? If so, tell us below–or even better, write a nostalgia piece like this one for us and have you’ll song etched into our “Growing Up Music” series.

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  • http://www.wemake7.com Bonnie Gowen @WEMAKE7

    I love that song! I actually just heard in the other day. =)

  • http://superwonderwomanruss.blogspot.com/ russ r.

    We all have these songs that will always make us ponder about stuff. I recently had a bit of thought about No Doubt’s Don’t Speak. It was only now that I realized it’s a break-up song.

    • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

      I used to (still do) love that song. Gonna have to throw some No Doubt in this series!

  • mail4rosey

    I’ve had the same thing happen with lyrics. It makes me feel better if my teen is singing something I’d rather she not… because I’m hoping the meaning flies over her head. ;)

  • Rebecca Swenor

    All I can say is we become more wiser as the years go by and understand a lot more than we did back then. Great post thanks for sharing.

  • http://kathrivera.com/ Kath Rivera

    I love GooGoo Dolls and their song Iris is still the same meaning to me when I was in high school until now. I can’t remember a song that changed it’s meaning now that I’m a grown up.

    • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

      Yes, you definitely have some songs that you nail the meaning right off!

  • Constanza Oller de Moore

    November rain I just loved the song I still do but meaning I’m not sure. I guess my lost lover are just my teenager years

    • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

      Oh, that is a good one to ponder! I like the song too!!

  • http://tauyanm.com/ Mary Jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

    this sounds fun! i haven’t heard this before! but yeah! i have this one song that i knew when i was in grade school and until now one of my faves and still memorize the lyrics

  • http://www.unveiltheweb.com/ UnveiltheWeb

    I have numerous songs that just bring back good times and great memories. Music is such a powerful thing. I remember songs by Wang Chung, Janet Jackson, and the Thompson Twins when I was in 8th and 9th grade.

  • leirs

    When I was 14 I really liked the song At Seventeen by Janice Ian I only realized that it was about a girl who wasn’t as pretty and she was lonely when I was in College..Not a good song to like when you’re in highschool.

  • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

    That is AWSOME!

  • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

    Wow, thanks for sharing Ann! I couldn’t imagine. I do have songs that trigger things related to my relationship. I think they would make me cry too if I ever lost my husband. You’ve given me a whole new direction for a future article.

  • Jayne T.

    Let’s see…Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

  • The Wandering Poet

    I love One Week.

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