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No Scrubs
TLC Lyrics


Oh, oh

A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly
And is also known as a busta (busta)
Always talkin' about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass

So no, I don't want your number
No, I don't want to give you mine and
No, I don't want to meet you nowhere
No, I don't want none of your time and

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me

Well a scrub checkin' me
But his game is kinda weak
And I know that he cannot approach me
'Cause I'm looking like class, and he's looking like trash
Can't get wit' a deadbeat ass

So no, I don't want your number
No, I don't want to give you mine and
No, I don't want to meet you nowhere
No, I don't want none of your time and

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me

If you don't have a car and you're walking
Oh yes son, I'm talking to you
If you live at home with your momma
Oh yes son, I'm talking to you
If you have a shorty that you don't show love
Oh yes son, I'm talking to you
Wanna get me with no money
Oh no, I don't want no
No scrub, no scrub
No scrub, no scrub

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me

See, if you can't spatially expand my horizon
Then that leaves you in the class with scrubs, never rising
I don't find it surprising
And if you don't have the G's
To please me and bounce me here to the coast of overseas
So, let me give you something to think about
Inundate your mind with intentions to turn you out
Can't forget the focus on the picture in front of me
You as clear as DVD on digital TV screens
Satisfy my appetite with something spectacular
Check your vernacular, and then I get back to ya
With diamond-like precision
Insatiable is what I envision
Can't detect acquisition
From your friend's Expedition
Mr. Big Willy, if you really want to know
Ask Chilli, could I be a silly ho?
Not really
T-Boz and all my senoritas
Are steppin' on your FILA's
But you don't hear me, though

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hangin' out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Tameka D. Cottle, Lisa Lopez

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Misty Henry

@Devonte Wise How about this: He broke my son's leg at 11 months old while I was at work, then threatened my daughters' lives if they didn't tell me he fell off the bed. The truth didn't come out for another decade, after our divorce. After he lied to the police when I went out with friends to eat, and he forced my daughter to lie and tell the police I tried to sit with them. I was arrested and in jail for ten days until my friends got me out.

I had a stroke two months later as a result- the stress and the fact that they refused me my medicine in jail caused it. (I can no longer work.) Four months later, my daughter decided to get out of his house. Because he controlled her SSDI, he tried to kill her. She was in the hospital two days. She came forward and told the truth. My charge was dropped.

But he started spying on me. He only got ten days in jail for trying to kill her. A month later, he ambushed me outside of Wal-Mart. I couldn't move very fast because of my stroke affected leg. Of course they charged me again. He is a CI, so he gets special privileges as a drug dealer in this town.

I had to accept a misdemeanor conviction or they threatened to make it a felony and make me do two years in prison. This is a very dirty county. Grant County, Indiana. It's also a county I would never buy anything new in.

There is a guy who bought a brand new vehicle with his father's life insurance money. The prosecutor at the time decided he wanted it, so they planted drugs on him, and took it as forfeiture. Twelve years later, he has beaten the drug charge, been clean this whole time, been to the Supreme Court and back, got his truck back, but is STILL fighting for it! They are like a dog with a bone here.

Another example: a gay couple, well known and liked. One gets attacked, hit in the head, brain damage. The prosecuctor decided not to pursue charges because they ARE GAY.

So what does that make me? An abused domestic violence survivor who our justice continues to abuse. Not an uncommon occurrence in this town.



Gustavo Lopes

A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass, so

No, I don't want your number
No, I don't wanna give you mine, and
No, I don't wanna meet you nowhere
No, I don't want none of your time, and

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me


But a scrub's checkin' me but his game is kinda weak
And I know that he cannot approach me
'Cause I'm lookin like class and he's looking like trash
Can't get wit a deadbeat ass

No, I don't want your number
No, I don't wanna give you mine, and
No, I don't wanna meet you nowhere
No, I don't want none of your time

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me

If you don't have a car and you're walking
Oh yes, son
I'm talking to you
If you live at home with your momma
Oh yes, son
I'm talking to you
If you have a shorty but you don't show love
Oh yes, son
I'm talking to you
Wanna get with me with no money?
Oh no
I don't want no, oh

No scrub, no scrub
No, no, no scrub
No, no, no, no
No scrub, no, no

See?
If you can not spacially expand my horizons
Then that leaves you in the class with a scrub never risin'
I don't find a surprise
And if you don't have the G's to please me
And bounce from here to the course of all the seas
So, let me give you something to think about
Inundate your mind with intentions to turn you out
Can't forget to focus on the picture in front of me
I do it clear as DVD on digital TV screens
Satisfy my appetite with something spectacular
Check your vernacular, and then I'll get back to ya
With diamond-like precision
Insatiable is what I invision
Can't detect acquisition on your friend's expedition
Mr. Big Willie, if ya really wanna know
Ask Chilli, could I be a Silly Ho
Not with T-boz and all my señoritas
Steppin' on your fellas but you don't hear me though

No, I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me
I don't want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend's ride
Trying to holla at me



Steve Thea

Posted byu/usernameofchris
22∆
2 years ago
CMV: I unfortunately qualify as a "scrub" by the criteria presented in TLC's 1999 hit single "No Scrubs"
FTFdeltaOP

This post and its inappropriately formal tone are meant to be somewhat humorous, but this view is one I genuinely hold. Please help to change it!

The lyrics of "No Scrubs" by TLC are a condemnation of a certain class of men, henceforth referred to as "scrubs." Scrubs are notable for lacking any of the qualities that the members of TLC would find desirable in a potential romantic partner. I will proceed by examining particular lines from the lyrics and comparing myself to the descriptions provided.

"A scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly": Does not apply. Perhaps I cannot be the best judge of certain traits in myself, but I do not consider myself to be a particularly egotistical or narcissistic individual. I certainly do not think that I am "fly."

"Always talkin' 'bout what he wants and just sits on his broke ass": Somewhat applies. I am currently employed and am halfway through my undergraduate degree. However, my degree is in music, and there are certainly times when I struggle to find the motivation to practice my instrument as often as I should. Additionally, while I would not describe myself as "broke," I am not exactly drowning in riches, either.

"No, I don't want your number," etc.: Somewhat applies. I've never actually approached a woman to ask her for her cell phone number before, though some female friends have given me their phone numbers in the past. Additionally, I went on a date the other day and it went very well, which would appear to refute both "No, I don't wanna meet you nowhere" and "No, I don't want none of your time." (However, lyrics that come later in the song indicate that the members of TLC would probably not want to call, text, or date me.)

"Hangin' out the passenger side of his best friend's ride": Applies. I am currently in possession of neither a driver's license nor a vehicle, though I have my road test already scheduled and will hopefully be obtaining my driver's license soon. I have accepted rides from friends and often sit in the passenger seat as opposed to the back seats.

"Tryin' to holla at me": Does not apply. I do not "holla at" or otherwise sexually harass women I see when sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle (or anywhere else, for that matter).

"Well a scrub is checkin' me, but his game is kinda weak, and I know that he cannot approach me": Applies. I am often nervous when approaching women to whom I'm attracted. As a commenter pointed out, the line cannot literally apply unless I consider myself incapable of approaching Rozonda "Chili" Thomas specifically.

"'Cause I'm lookin' like class and he's lookin' like trash, can't get with a deadbeat ass": Does not apply. I'm no fashion expert, but I do try to dress decently. I make a conscious effort to avoid many of the common fashion pitfalls committed by men my age and wear fitting clothes. I would also not describe myself, on the whole, as a "deadbeat ass."

The song makes a number of additional references to money:

"Wanna get with me with no money? Oh no! I don't want no scrubs"

"And if you don't have the G's to please me and bounce me here to the coast of overseas"

I certainly "don't have the G's to please [the singer] and bounce [her] here to the coast of overseas." However, I don't think that a level of wealth necessary to fund lavish overseas vacations is a critical trait to look for in a potential romantic partner. If anything, this focus on materialism belies a sense of immaturity, so I'm not weighing these lines too heavily.

Examining the all of the aforementioned lines holistically, one might reasonably conclude that I am, at worst, a borderline case. However, the most damning evidence comes in the bridge:

"If you don't have a car and you're walkin', oh yes son, I'm talkin' to you

If you live at home with your momma, oh yes son, I'm talkin' to you

If you have a shorty that you don't show love, oh yes son, I'm talkin' to you"

(emphasis mine)

On the basis of these lines alone, one can definitively conclude that the category of scrubs encompasses, at the very least:

men who walk because they do not own cars ∪ men who live with their mothers ∪ men who are not sufficiently affectionate towards their romantic partners

As I have already mentioned, I do not own a car, and I do walk to shops in my city as a result. I am therefore a member of the above set. Even if I owned a car, I would still be a member of the above set by virtue of my residence at my parents' house. Ergo, I am a scrub.

Please help to change my view!



All comments from YouTube:

Wutaii1 Nostalgia

This was a pretty cool time to be living when this song came out. I remember hearing this on the radio all the time when I was younger. Can we stop time please

Berta LF

@AI en las pero no 👎 a ver ninguna de los más importantes que se puede ver a las manos ✋ ñ88

webduelist

@Mariah Copeland that’s actually probably perceptual do to memory failure

Soren Crawford

Dont stop time now I want the shit times to pass at least rewind

todorokicoochieisfishy

its time to move on man if u think about enjoy time now so in the future u can look back on how fun it was

Foxy

Ikrrrra

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Junaid031

Ella and Maze singing this was so goood in Lucifer

Sneakyfish

@ZAK same

Lilliani Big Eagle

ruined it tbh idc what show you came from

xEvilMini Mex

Omggg yes it was amazing

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