School Spirit Skit 1
Kanye West Lyrics


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Now beat that
And your mother's saying, "Go to college"
So you finish college and it's wonderful
You feel so good
And after all the partying and craziness
And don't forget about that drug habit you picked up at school
Being around your peers, hey
Now you'll get that twenty-five thous' job a year
And you'll spend all your money on crack cocaine
But, it'll be your money
No more borrowing from mom for my high

So now you get your degree tattooed on your back
You're so excited about it
If you continue to work at The Gap
After several interviews, oh my God
You'll come in at a entry-level position
And when you do that, if you kiss enough ass
You'll move up to the next level
Which is being a secretary's secretary
And, boy, is that great
You get to take messages for the secretary
Who never went to college
She's actually the boss's niece
So now you're part of the family
You know what college does for you?
It makes you really smart, man
All you kids wanted to talk in the back of the class
Not me, I listened, okay?
I was a hall monitor, this was meant to be
You know how many classes I took?
Extra classes, extra classes
No, I've never had sex, but you know what?
My degree keeps me satisfied
When a lady walks up to me, she say
"Hey, you know what's sexy?"




I say no, I don't know what it is
But I bet I can add up all the change in your purse very fast

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in "School Spirit Skit 1" by Kanye West are an ironic commentary on the societal pressure to attend college and the false promises of success after graduation. Kanye sarcastically depicts the typical college experience, partying and developing a drug habit, before transitioning to the expectation of a well-paying job after graduation. However, the reality is that many college graduates enter the workforce at an entry-level position and must kiss up to their superiors to advance. Kanye emphasizes the futility of this cycle by portraying the secretary's secretary as the pinnacle of success.


Moreover, the lyrics touch on the idea that college is supposed to make individuals "smart," but in reality, it seems to be about memorizing information and demonstrating one's ability to adhere to academic rules. Kanye contrasts the idea of intelligence with the pervasive belief that success is rooted in material possessions and money. This is exemplified when he sings, "and you'll spend all your money on crack cocaine, but it'll be your money, no more borrowing from mom for my high."


Overall, the song's message conveys the disillusionment that individuals may face after graduating from college, emphasizing the gap between what society promises and the realities faced by many college graduates.


Line by Line Meaning

Now beat that
You can't top that


And your mother's saying, "Go to college"
Your mother is encouraging you to pursue higher education


So you finish college and it's wonderful
You feel accomplished after graduating college


You feel so good
You have a sense of pride after finishing college


And after all the partying and craziness
After experiencing the wild college life


And don't forget about that drug habit you picked up at school
You may have developed a drug addiction while being around peers at college


Being around your peers, hey
College is a place where you are surrounded by peers


Now you'll get that twenty-five thous' job a year
You may only end up with a low-paying entry-level job after college


And you'll spend all your money on crack cocaine
Your low salary may lead to drug addiction and financial strain


But, it'll be your money
You may have to fend for yourself financially without borrowing from your parents


No more borrowing from mom for my high
No more taking money from your parents to support your drug habits


So now you get your degree tattooed on your back
You are extremely proud of your college degree


You're so excited about it
The idea of having a college degree excites you


If you continue to work at The Gap
You might end up working a retail job after graduation


After several interviews, oh my God
It may take a while to find a job after college


You'll come in at a entry-level position
You may only be offered low-level positions after graduation


And when you do that, if you kiss enough ass
If you flatter your boss and coworkers, you may be able to move up


You'll move up to the next level
You can eventually get promoted to a higher position


Which is being a secretary's secretary
Your promotion may only lead to a role as a secretary's assistant


And, boy, is that great
Sarcasm: This job may not be as great as you expected


You get to take messages for the secretary
Your main job responsibility may include taking messages and other basic tasks


Who never went to college
The secretary did not attend college but is still in a higher position than you


She's actually the boss's niece
The secretary may only have her job because of family connections


So now you're part of the family
You may feel like you are part of the company's family


You know what college does for you?
Do you know the benefits of attending college?


It makes you really smart, man
You can gain a lot of knowledge and intelligence from college


All you kids wanted to talk in the back of the class
Other students may have been more interested in socializing during class


Not me, I listened, okay?
I was focused and paid attention during class


I was a hall monitor, this was meant to be
I had a strong sense of responsibility and duty


You know how many classes I took?
I took a lot of classes


Extra classes, extra classes
I was an overachiever and took extra classes for personal growth


No, I've never had sex, but you know what?
I have not engaged in sexual activity but it doesn't matter to me


My degree keeps me satisfied
My academic achievement makes me feel fulfilled


When a lady walks up to me, she say
A woman may approach me and say


"Hey, you know what's sexy?"
"Do you want to know what is sexy?"


I say no, I don't know what it is
I reply that I do not know the answer


But I bet I can add up all the change in your purse very fast
However, I can quickly count the change in her purse due to my strong math skills.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Kanye West

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