". . . sometimes I think that I don't know that much
(but one thing do I know) . . . math suks . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    Beach House On The Moon,
    1999
  • Jimmy Buffett has created a moneymaking empire of CDs, books, music videos, specialty clothing lines, and concert tours that place him on Fortune Magazine's list of highest earning entertainers. Despite his overall success, many have called this particular school-related song the worst song of his career; others refer to it as absurd and juvenile. Yet, a number of other people like the song and identify with it. Despite the "nonsensical" nature of this song, Jimmy struck a cord with many of his audience. Is he on to something teachers should consider?

  • Nicole Cunningham, a YSU math major and student in Found 3708, created a reverse parody (i.e., a positive alternative) adapted from Buffett's lyrics. Click here take a look at MATH ROCKS!

 

MATH SUKS
by Jimmy Buffett


Lyrics:

If necessity was the mother of invention
then I'd like to kill the guy who invented this
The numbers come together
in some kind of third dimension
A regular algebraic bliss

Let's starts with something simple
like 1 and 1 ain't 3
any 2 plus 2 will never get you 5
there's fractions in my subtraction
and x don't equal y
but my homework is bound to multiply

Math suks (math suks), Math suks (math suks)
I'd like to burn this text book
I hate that stuff so much
Math suks (math suks), Math suks (math suks)
Sometimes I think that I don't know that much
but math suks

I got so bored with my homework
I turned on the TV
the beauty pageant winners
were all smiling through their teeth
and they asked the new Miss America
Hey babe can you add up all those bucks
she looked puzzled then just said "Math Suks"

Math suks (math suks), Math suks (math suks)
You don't even have to spell it
All you have to do is yell it
Math suks (math suks), Math suks (math suks)
Sometimes I think that I don't know that much
But math suks

Geometry and trigonometry
and if they don't tax your brain
there are numbers to big to be named
Numerical precision is a science with a mission
and I think its' gonna drive me insane

Parents fighting with their children
and the congress can't agree
teachers and their students are all jousting constantly
management and labor keep rattling old sabres
quacking like those Peabody ducks

Math suks (quack quack), Math suks (quack quack)
You don't even have to spell it
All you have to do is yell it
Math suks, that's right, Math suks, you got it
Sometimes I think that I don't know that much
but Math suks
 
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