When I Grow Up
The Pussycat Dolls Lyrics


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Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name

Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name

Now I've got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I'd do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me

But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say

You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far

But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say

You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better

You can talk about me
'Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Overall Meaning

The song 'When I Grow Up' by The Pussycat Dolls talks about the desire to be famous and recognized. The lyrics reveal a deep longing in the artist's past to be noticed, and how she was once willing to do anything to get the attention she craved. She acknowledges that everyone wants to be famous, and recognizes that being noticed and known is a part of human nature. The lyrics show a desire for a flashy lifestyle, with nice cars, being in movies, being on TV and magazines and having groupies. However, the song also delivers a message to be careful of what one wishes for because you might just get it.


The song is an anthem for young people seeking fame, and it is empowering and uplifting, instilling confidence and encouraging people to pursue their dreams of being in the spotlight. It also highlights the vanity that comes with fame and encourages the audience to remember that being able to maintain fame and popularity is not always as glamorous as it appears.


Overall, the lyrics of this song are both empowering and cautionary, encouraging people to dream big, but to also be aware of the possible consequences.


Line by Line Meaning

Boys call you sexy
Men find you attractive


And you don't care what they say
You're not concerned with their opinions


See every time you turn around
Whenever you face towards them


They screaming your name
They're shouting your name excitedly


Now I've got a confession
I need to admit something


When I was young I wanted attention
As a child, I craved people's notice


And I promised myself that I'd do anything
I vowed to do absolutely everything possible


Anything at all for them to notice me
Regardless of the cost, just to get attention


But I ain't complaining
I'm not upset about it


We all wanna be famous
Everyone desires to be well-known


So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You're free to express what you think


You don't know what its like to be nameless
You don't realize how difficult it is to be unrecognized


Want them to know what your name is
You just want people to know who you are


'Cause see when I was younger I would say
As a child I dreamt of this


Be careful what you wish for
Be cautious about what you desire


'Cause you just might get it
Because you may actually get it


They used to tell me I was silly
People said I was foolish


Until I popped up on the TV
Until I appeared on television


I always wanted to be a superstar
My highest dream was to be a celebrity


And knew that singing songs would get me this far
I believed that singing is how I would achieve my goal


I see them staring at me
I notice people looking at me


Ooh I'm a trendsetter
I am influential and my style is innovative


Yes this is true 'cause what I do
This is accurate because of my actions


No one can do it better
Nobody can do it superior to me


You can talk about me
You can discuss me


'Cause I'm a hot topic
Because I'm currently popular or controversial


And I know you want it, oh
And I know you desire it




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Rodney Jerkins, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith, Theron Makiel Thomas, Timothy Jamahli Thomas

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@harmonygoldd

✨ 0:27 the realization
✨ 0:32 the need/desire
✨ 0:36 the commitment/action in the direction of what you want
✨ 0:40 the Universe does its part
✨ 0:49 Authenticity! Be you, people are going to judge regardless
✨ 1:03 you can get specific with your desires
✨ 1:15 Warning - what you desire is very possible. Make sure its what you truly want
For example : i want fame! When in reality you probably only want to be seen, significant, and accepted by your family. The fame will only magnify how lonely you feel and will make close intimate connections feel out of reach.

Good Luck and May you be Blessed!! 💗



@maurahennessy444

💜lyrics💜

Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name

Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name

Now I've got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I'd do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me

But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say

You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far

But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say

You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better

You can talk about me
'Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it



@Pride317

Lyrics

[Intro]
Boys call you sexy (What's up, sexy?)
And you don't care what they say (Ha, ha)
See, every time you turn around,
They screaming your name
Just call you sexy (What's up, sexy?)
And you don't care what they say (Yeah)
See, every time you turn around,
They screaming your name
(Right about now, Darkchild)

[Verse 1]
Now I've got a confession (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
When I was young I wanted attention (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
And I promised myself that I'd do anything (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
Anything at all for them to notice me (Ha, ha, ha, ha)

[Pre-Chorus]
But I ain't complaining (Oh)
We all wanna be famous (Oh)
So, go ahead and say what you wanna say (Oh)
You know what it's like to be nameless (Oh)
Want them to know what your name is (Oh)
Cause see, when I was younger, I would say

[Chorus]
When I grow up, I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies
When I grow up, I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies
When I grow up, be on TV
People know me, be on magazines
When I grow up, fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

[Refrain]
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
Get it?

[Verse 2]
They used to tell me I was silly (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
Till I popped up on the TV (La, la, la, la)
I always wanted to be a superstar
(Superstar) (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
Who knew that singing songs would get me this far?
(La, la, la, la)

[Pre-Chorus]
But I ain't complaining (Oh)
We all wanna be famous (Oh)
So, go ahead and say what you wanna say (Oh)
You know what it's like to be nameless (Oh)
Want them to know what your name is (Oh)
Cause see, when I was younger, I would say

[Chorus]
When I grow up, I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies
When I grow up, I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies
When I grow up, be on TV
People know me, be on magazines
When I grow up, fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

[Refrain]
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
Get it?

[Bridge]
I see them staring at me
Ooh, I'm a trendsetter
Yes, this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better
You can talk about me
Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me, watching me
And I know you want it

[Chorus]
When I grow up, I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies
When I grow up, I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies
When I grow up, be on TV
People know me, be on magazines
When I grow up, fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

[Refrain]
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
Get it?

[Chorus]
When I grow up, I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies
When I grow up, I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have groupies
When I grow up, be on TV
People know me, be on magazines
When I grow up, fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

[Refrain]
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
But be careful what you wish for
Cause you just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
You just might get it (Hey)
Get it?
(Darkchild)



@darlingzeroo9959

Im the random lyrics person:

Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Now I've got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I'd do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better
You can talk about me
'Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it



@andrezabarbosa1914

Letra:

Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Now I've got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I'd do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better
You can talk about me
'Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it



@r.a3941

Lyrics:
Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Boys call you sexy
And you don't care what they say
See every time you turn around
They screaming your name
Now I've got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I'd do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far
But I ain't complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You don't know what its like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
'Cause see when I was younger I would say
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
I see them staring at me
Ooh I'm a trendsetter
Yes this is true 'cause what I do
No one can do it better
You can talk about me
'Cause I'm a hot topic
I see you watching me watching me
And I know you want it, oh
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies
When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
When I step out on the scene
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it



All comments from YouTube:

@ParisHilton

Loves it 💖💖💖

@santiagopaixao789

I love too

@ptitelionne9478

I love you!

@Chelaxim

I love your version of Do you think I'm sexy.

@sodaypalomitas.1152

Ikr

@jayyzlk4861

It's the real one?????

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@williammcmahon6467

The affirmations in this song are much stronger and direct than male artists can often pull off portraying that level of ego with sex appeal and a simple catchy song … songs like this are definitely why my generation grew up with girl boss competitiveness

@mem5091

The girl boss culture is toxic and over

@tossthemoss59

I love us <3333

@tula1433

No need to shame male artists. Men=ego Women=girl boss ?

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