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blink-182 - What's My Age Again?



"What's My Age Again?" was inspired by blink bass player Mark Hoppus, who was often told (usually by women) that he was immature. By the end of the song, the meaning becomes clear: It's OK, you shouldn't care what people think of you.


The original title was "Peter Pan Complex," but their record company (MCA) changed it during production because they thought the audience wouldn't understand (a "Peter Pan Complex" describes someone who doesn't want to grow up). The band was not happy with this decision. >>


In the video, the band members are naked and causing all kinds of mischief. Adult film star Janine Lindemulder also appears, which got a lot of attention. Responding to a question about nudity in the clip, Mark Hoppus said, "The scene with the butt shots, when we were running down the street, were actually the only real nude scenes. We wore skin-colored Speedos for most of the scenes and when we were running, I realized how unattractive male genitals are. Everything dangling and such. I didn't think I could be embarrassed easily, but I really was."



Lyrics


[Mark Hoppus:]


I took her out, it was a Friday night


I wore cologne to get the feeling right


We started making out and she took off my pants


But then I turned on the TV



[Mark Hoppus with Tom DeLonge:]


And that's about the time she walked away from me


Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three


And are still more amused by TV shows


What the hell is ADD?


My friends say I should act my age


What's my age again? What's my age again?



[Mark Hoppus:]


Then later on, on the drive home


I called her mom from a payphone


I said I was the cops and your husband's in jail


This state looks down on sodomy



[Mark Hoppus with Tom DeLonge:]


And that's about the time that bitch hung up on me


Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three


And are still more amused by prank phone calls


What the hell is call ID?


My friends say I should act my age


What's my age again? What's my age again?



And that's about the time she walked away from me


Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three


And you still act like you're in freshman year


What the hell is wrong with me?


My friends say I should act my age


(What's my age again? What's my age again?)


That's about the time that she broke up with me (Please stay with me)


No one should take themselves so seriously (Please stay with me)


With many years ahead to fall in line (Please stay with me)


Why would you wish that on me?


(Please stay) I never wanna act my age


(With) What's my age again? (Me) What's my age again?



[Mark Hoppus:]


What's my age again?


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