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Cool Kids
Screeching Weasel Lyrics


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There's a real cool club on the other side of town
Where the real cool kids go to sit around
And talk bad about the other kids
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

There's Millie, Pickles and Pattycakes too
And Cubby's making mean jokes about you
Ha ha you little twit
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

They're a real cool bunch of die Fledermausketeers
And they'll laugh at the toughskins your Mom got you from Sears
You dork they'll never let you in
'Cause it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

You're fat and ugly and an imbecile too
And that's why they draw funny pictures of you
And talk bad about all the kids
'Cause it's a real cool club and you're not a part of it
Yeah it's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it
Yeah it's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Screeching Weasel's "Cool Kids" song paint a picture of exclusion and social rejection. The song describes a group of kids who form a certain club that is deemed cool, and they are constantly belittling and mocking other kids who are not part of the group. The lyrics suggest a situation where kids who are not considered cool enough have to endure constant ridicule and exclusion, and how this can be hurtful and damaging. The song's lyrics are a reflection of the social dynamics of many youth groups where people form cliques, and the need to be part of a group can create a sense of insecurity and anxiety for those who are left out.


The songwriter uses various literary devices to drive the message home. For instance, the repetition of the phrase "real cool club" and the line "yeah, it's a real cool club, and you're not part of it" creates a feeling of alienation and exclusion. The naming of the characters in the song, such as Millie, Pickles, Pattycakes, and Cubby, is consistent with the idea of kids' cultures where people are recognized by their nicknames, and there's a sense of camaraderie within the group. The use of sarcasm in the lyrics, for instance, "you're fat and ugly and an imbecile too," highlights the cruelty that the song's protagonist has to endure.


Interestingly, the song's humor and satire create a sense of catharsis, and the song's melody is catchy and upbeat. The song's message has been resonating with punk rock fans since it was released in 1996, and it remains a classic example of punk rock music that deals with real-life social issues.


Line by Line Meaning

There's a real cool club on the other side of town
There is an exclusive and desirable club located in a distant area


Where the real cool kids go to sit around
Those who are considered popular and well-liked by their peers gather there to socialize


And talk bad about the other kids
They engage in gossip and speak negatively about those who are not part of their group


Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it
The speaker is conveying that the listener is not accepted nor included in this exclusive social group


They're a real cool bunch of die Fledermausketeers
The speaker uses exaggerated language to describe the group as cool and elite, comparing them to a fictional bat-themed society


And they'll laugh at the toughskins your Mom got you from Sears
The group will ridicule and belittle those who are perceived as different or less fashionable


You dork they'll never let you in
The speaker is emphasizing the exclusion of the listener from the group, mocking them and highlighting their social shortcomings


'Cause it's a real cool club and you're not part of it
The group exists to maintain exclusivity, shutting out and ostracizing those who do not meet their perceived standards


You're fat and ugly and an imbecile too
The speaker resorts to personal insults, attacking the listener's self-esteem and intelligence


And that's why they draw funny pictures of you
The group enjoys mocking and making fun of those who are not part of their clique, resorting to childish behavior such as drawing pictures to further ridicule their targets


And talk bad about all the kids
The group perpetuates a culture of negativity and gossip, spreading rumors and disparaging comments about their peers


'Cause it's a real cool club and you're not a part of it
The exclusionary attitude of the group is reinforced, emphasizing that the listener is not and never will be part of their group


Yeah it's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it
The speaker repeats the message, further emphasizing the inaccessibility of the social group and the listener's lack of belonging to it


Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it
The song concludes by reiterating the exclusivity of the group and the listener's outsider status




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: BENJAMIN M. FOSTER, BENJAMIN M FOSTER

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Kaylee Love

Lyrics:

There's a real cool club on the other side of town
Where the real cool kids go to sit around
And talk bad about the other kids
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

There's millie, pickles and pattycakes too
And cubby's making mean jokes about you
Ha ha! you little twit
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

They're a real cool bunch of die fledermausketeers
And they'll laugh at the toughskin your mom got you from sears
You dork they'll never let you in
Cause it's a real cool club and you're not part of it

You're fat and ugly and an imbecile too
And that's why they draw funny pictures of you
And talk bad about all the kids
Cause it's a real cool club and you're not a part of it

Yeah it's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it
Yeah it's a real cool club and you're not part of it
Yeah it's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it



All comments from YouTube:

oogaftw

in 1998 I was 18 and working my first job, carrying sacks of potatoes around a warehouse with a kid called Phil.
We had a shitty stereo he bought from home, and we'd take it in turns to pick which album to play from our joint collections of CDs and tape cassetes. He introduced me to this record.
I'm 40 now, and it's still in my all time top 5.
Big up Phil Cantliffe, wherever you're at!

Dave Matthews

Nice, I was 18, listening to punk-o-rama on the commuter train to work.

Joe Jones

I'm 41 in a few months. I was turned on to this band when I was 15. And I will always love them. Endless great songs.

Jake Miller

0:32 Everytime this jam comes on I do not think I can be in a bad mood. such jams. such a vibe.

yungjosh

i love lurking on the internet and finding great songs like this

Charles Corollo

@Sum41 Blink182 If you like this stuff, you'll like Dan Vapid and the Cheats, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Queers, Lillingtons, Methadones, Teen Idols, Descendents

yungjosh

@Sum41 Blink182 Descendents, Adolescents, Minor Threat

yungjosh

@Lucas Gates I would've if I was alive that time lol

kenoohki

@Sum41Bilink182 ahh my young Padawan you have much to learn. ;)

Obstacle Illusion

Have you ever crept or stalked the internet fpr good music?

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