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Oops – Wrong ones!

In 1997 three kids came out with a song called MMMBop.  I can’t pretend I know anything about them (maybe they were Mormon?) but I do know that every time the song came on I would sing the lines I knew which were:

  • “they’re gone so fast”
  • “who will still care”
  • “find out which one grows”
  • “It’s a secret no one knows”
  • “No you can’t ’cause you don’t know”

And the chorus was:

Mmmbop
buhdiddywap pa toooo wop
Bliddy pap magoo top
Bip De Dap Dapoooo Whoa Whoa

After reading the lyrics I was amazed to learn the song is actually about something and that supposedly the chorus is consistent.  I am not convinced on the second part of that.

BUT!  I did come across a modern version of the song with the little nippers all grown up.  The keyboard kid has to play a tambourine and what seems to be a can filled with pennies and the drummer has to play his chair, but I’ll be damned if it is not a good song.  Or maybe it isn’t and I just posted the new version so you could see Hanson as adults and feel all old.  Find out for yourself!

You have so many relationships in this life
Only one or two will last
You go through all this pain and strife
Then you turn your back and they’re gone so fast
And they’re gone so fast
So hold on to the ones who really care
In the end they’ll be the only ones there
When you get old and start losing your hair
Can you tell me who will still care?
Can you tell me who will still care?

Chorus:
Mmm bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du

Mmm bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du

Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose
You can plant any one of those
Keep planting to find out which one grows
It’s a secret no one knows
It’s a secret no one knows
no one knows
(Repeat Chorus)

In an mmm bop they’re gone.
In an mmm bop they’re not there.
In an mmm bop they’re gone.
In an mmm bop they’re not there.
Until you lose your hair. But you don’t care.

(Repeat Chorus)

Can you tell me? You say you can but you don’t know.
Can you tell me which flower’s going to grow?
Can you tell me if it’s going to be a daisy or a rose?
Can you tell me which flower’s going to grow?
Can you tell me? You say you can but you don’t know.