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Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)

The Offspring

Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) Lyrics

[Intro: Sample]
Gunter glieben glauten globen

[Chorus: Chris Higgins, Nika Futterman & Heidi Villagran]
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!

And all the girlies say, I'm pretty fly for a white guy
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco, seis

[Verse 1: Dexter]
You know, it's kinda hard just to get along today
Our subject isn't cool, but he fakes it anyway
He may not have a clue and he may not have style
But everything he lacks, well, he makes up in denial


[Refrain: Dexter]
So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
Gotta play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way

So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least that you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabes, ah
Hey, hey, do that brand-new thing!


[Chorus: Chris Higgins, Nika Futterman & Heidi Villagran]
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!

And all the girlies say, I'm pretty fly for a white guy

[Verse 2: Dexter]
He needs some cool tunes, not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube, so he bought Vanilla Ice

Now cruisin' in his Pinto, he sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice, they're gonna kick his lily ass


[Refrain: Dexter]
So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
Gotta play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way

So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least that you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world loves wannabes, ah
Hey, hey, do that brand-new thing!


[Bridge: Dexter]
Now he's gettin' a tattoo, yeah, he's gettin' ink done
He asked for a 13 but they drew a 31

Friends say, he's tryin' too hard and he's not quite hip
But in his own mind, he's the, he's the dopest trip

[Chorus: Chris Higgins, Nika Futterman & Heidi Villagran]
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!
Give it to me, baby!
Uh huh, uh huh!

Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco, seis

[Refrain: Dexter]
So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
Gotta play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way

So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least that you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabes, ah
The world loves wannabes, ah
Let's get some more wannabes, ah
Hey, hey, do that brand-new thing!

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About “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)”

“Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” was the first single from The Offspring’s 1998 album Americana, and it is one of the band’s well-known songs.

It achieved significant pop and rock and alternative radio play and popularity, peaking at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song reached the charts in over 15 countries and topped the charts in nine of these, including Australia, where it went four times platinum, and the United Kingdom, making it one of the most commercially successful singles released by the band.

The lyrics deal with a wannabe-gangsta, ridiculing what Dexter Holland summed up as guys:

…from, like, Omaha, Nebraska, regular white-bread boys, but who act like they’re from Compton. It’s so fake and obvious that they’re trying to have an identity.