Underwhelmed

I like to try to leave you guys with a little something positive to take into your weekend when I can, so here’s a song from WAY BACK in 1993 (holy crap!) that makes me happy. Something for all of the grammar and spelling geeks out there. Seriously, read the lyrics, the song is too funny. I’m partial to “I told her affection has to F’s, especially when you’re dealing with me.” 🙂


(there is an official music video for this, but it’s weird and has nothing to do with the song, so… yeah.)

Underwhelmed
(C. Murphy/Sloan, lyrics from sing365.com)

She was underwhelmed
If that’s a word
I know it’s not
‘Cause I looked it up
That’s one of those skills
That I learned in my school

I was overwhelmed
And I’m sure of that one
‘Cause I learned it
Back in grade school
When I was young

She said, “You is funny”
I said, “You are funny”
She said, “Thank you”
And I said, “Never mind”
She rolled her eyes
Her beautiful eyes

The point is not the grammar
It’s the feeling
That is certainly in my heart
But not in hers

But not in hers
But not in hers
But not in hers
But not in hers

We were talkin’ about people
That eat meat
I felt like an ass
‘Cause I was one
She said, “It’s okay,”
But I felt like
I just ate my young

She is obviously a person
With a cause
I told her that I don’t
Smoke or drink
She told me to loosen up
On the way to the L.C.

She skips her classes
And gets good grades
I go to my courses
Rain or shine
She’s passin’ her classes
While I attend mine

While I attend mine
While I attend mine
While I attend

She wrote out a story
About her life
I think it included
Something about me
I’m not sure of that
But I’m sure of one thing
Her spelling’s atrocious

She told me to read
Between the lines
And tell her exactly
What I got out of it
I told her affection
Had two F’s
Especially when you’re dealing with me

I usually notice
All the little things
One time I was proud of it
She says it’s annoying
She cursed me up and down
And rolled her R’s
Her beautiful R’s

She says I’m caught up
In triviality
All I really wanna know is
What she thinks of me
I think my love for her
Makes me miss the point

I miss the point
I miss the point
I miss the point
I miss the point
I miss the point
I miss the point
I miss the point

Hey mister…

(Note: For anyone not familiar with the term, the “LC” is the liquor commission. The booze store. It’s funnier if you know that.)

(Further note: I’ve seen people say that the girl in this song must be a non-native English speaker because of things like “you is funny.” Clearly they’ve never been here. Sloan is from Nova Scotia, but “you’s funny” is something a lot of people here in NL would say. A lot of Eastern Canada, definitely. Ever heard of “I’s the b’y?” Exactly. Not to perpetuate stereotypes, not everyone does it and even people with great educations do it in casual speech. Jut throwing my two cents into the “foreign girl” debate. I know plenty of people with horrible grammar/who can’t spell who grew up with English as their first and only language. NOT JUDGING.)

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About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with a Mountie, two kids who take turns playing Jeckyll and Hyde, two cats, an intentional boxer and an accidental chihuahua. She's the author of the bestselling Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy). www.katesparkes.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

11 responses to “Underwhelmed

  • L. Marie

    Great song!!!! (And a reminder that when it comes to love, one must put aside one’s perfectionistic tendencies.) Um, no I haven’t heard “I’s the b’y.” I love these posts on semantics!!! (And 1993. Wow. Twenty years ago! Hard to believe!)

  • Jae

    This totally reminds me of the ’90s. It’s got that feel. Aw, sometimes I miss the ’90s. Not as much as the ’80s, but definitely some good times in the ’90s. I don’t feel like the ’00s have really wowed me in terms of pop culture. Maybe it’s too soon.

    Okay, and completely unrelated, Kate, you must read this blog post because I thought of you, and I couldn’t stop laughing when I read it. I got to tears I was laughing so hard. Maybe it’s because I do stuff like this, though it never goes this far. You’ll love it, I just know it. http://www.itjustgetsstranger.com/2011/12/snuggie-texts.html

    • katemsparkes

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That’s brilliant. You know me too well. *looks suspiciously over shoulder*

      I miss the 90’s, too. I didn’t appreciate them at the time, but I miss the music. Also grunge. Man, I want my ripped jeans and flannel shirts back!

      • Jae

        Did you read part 2? Did you know he created a whole fake blog just for her sake? Awesomeness! *slips out of sight of the front window just in time*

        • katemsparkes

          I’m reading it right now!

        • katemsparkes

          OK seriously, I’m CRYING here! I want to be friends with this guy. I also kind of want to write a romance novel where the people meet this way. Because COME ON.

          And dude, just come in. I’ll make you a cup of tea.

          • Jae

            People in the comments were saying Eli and Jane(?) needed to go on a date together. I don’t think that ever happened, but what KILLS me is after he sent her a pic of the snuggie the first time that she still didn’t get it. Poor Jane… BWAHAHAHAHA!

          • Jae

            *wipes the glass free of face grease* Hi, just came to say hi, and stuff. So, there some chamomille tea around here or…?

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