February 24, 2008

I wanna be a “Pop” star

For as long as I have been a father I have enjoyed using music to interact with the kids. I’ve often used contemporary music and switched up the lyrics to meet my own needs. I’ve written of this before but lately, I haven’t been as inspired.

But that all changed a few weeks ago when I heard Nickelback’s song “Rock Star” on the radio. I realize now it’s been out for a while but I had never heard it before and I fell in love with the lyrics and the catchy tune. Before long, I was making up lyrics and singing them to Swee’Pea and TheMonk. It started out as a snippet here and a snippet there. But now, I have re-written the lyrics for the entire song and I thought I’d share it here.

First, I have embedded the video of Nickelback’s version here on the blog. You can play it and then read my lyrics along with the music if you want to follow along. I hope you enjoy my re-make, entitled, “Pop” (as in Pop = Dad) Star.

“Pop Star”

I’m through with proving myself
As a man with thick skin
It’s like the bottom of the ninth
And I’m never gonna win
Fatherhood hasn’t turned out
Quite the way I want it to be

(Tell me what you want)

I want a big clean house
With fall-proof cribs
And a bathroom that I can sit alone in
And a king-sized TV without fingerprints
On the screen

(So what you need?)

I’ll need a credit card that’s got no limit
To afford the juice with antioxidants in it
Gonna join the big price club
Spend thirty-seven thousand a week

(Been there, done that)

I want an SUV with a big gas tank
And my own blog with a high PageRank
Somewhere between six and
eight would be fine for me

(So how you gonna do it?)

I’m gonna trade this life of fortune and fame
I’ll even embarrass my kids by acting lame


‘Cause we all just wanna be big “Pop” stars
Just by raisin’ our kids without inflicting scars
The girls cry easy and the boys like poop
And we’ll be the favorites of the mommy play group
And we’ll hang out in the coolest malls
In the family lounge and the pit with balls
Every good nose picker’s
Gonna wind up there
Every cute little toddler
With her ribboned hair

Hey hey I wanna be a “Pop” star
Hey hey I wanna be a “Pop” star

I wanna be great like Cosby without the sweaters
And I’m gonna teach my kids all 26 letters

Sell a few blog ads
So I can eat my meals for free

(I’ll have the quesadilla, ha ha)

I’m gonna dress my kids
With the cheapest fashion
Kiss boo boos with great compassion
Gonna love their mommy more
Than she loves me

(So how you gonna do it)

I’m gonna trade this life of fortune and fame
I’ll even embarrass my kids by acting lame


And we’ll hide out from the wild things
With a flash light and an Elmo that sings
They’ll melt your heart with an endearing smile
And we got Grandmother on speed dial, well

Hey hey I wanna be a “Pop” star

I’m gonna sing silly songs
That don’t make any sense
Gonna see the Wiggles at great expense

I’ll hear washed-up singers singing children’s songs
And I’ll sing real loud even when I get ‘em wrong


And we’ll hide out from the wild things
With a flash light and an Elmo that sings
They’ll melt your heart with an endearing smile
And we got Grandmother on speed dial, well

Hey hey I wanna be a “Pop” star
Hey hey I wanna be a “Pop” star


  1. BRILLIANT. My favorite post I think. Now all you need to do is post video of you singing it karaoke style!

    Comment by Memphislis — February 25, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  2. Awww…I love that song. I think I like your version even better though. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Someone Being Me — February 25, 2008 @ 6:42 am

  3. Sweet. Is this your official campaign song? I just need to figure out how to write you in on the electronic doohicky. Can you do write-ins with electronic voting?

    I say you do your own video … get all your blogmigos to do some of the parts.

    Comment by Becky — February 25, 2008 @ 6:53 am

  4. You are nothing short of a GENIUS. I’ve loved that song for months, and your lyrics had me boppin’ on the couch. I’m telling you, you’ve got something with that one.

    Comment by samantha jo campen — February 25, 2008 @ 8:57 am

  5. Freaking brilliant.

    I occasionally run into Chad’s (Nickelback’s lead singer) daddy. I’ll have to remember this version and sing it to him. He’ll freaking love it.

    Comment by Redneck Mommy — February 25, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  6. Usually, I just read your posts and chuckle, but I HAD to comment on this one since we did pretty much the same thing for Christmas this year. Poor Nickelback–how many times will they have to see their song bastardized? You can check our video of ‘Rockstar Genni’ on Google Video here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3683968289872844818&q=rockstar+genni&total=2&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

    Comment by G-mom — February 25, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  7. I like yours better.

    Comment by Whit — February 25, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  8. I like yours better, too

    Comment by Grandmother — February 25, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  9. Loved it! I think that’s great – you should just do a CD with you on it for the kids.


    Comment by Michelle — February 25, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  10. Wow! That’s great. I make up lyrics too, but it’s usually something simple, like, “It’s time to get your PJs on you now. Oh it’s time to get your PJs on you now. Oh let’s go get your PJs then we’ll go off to bed. Oh let’s get your PJs on you now.” And I couldn’t tell you what melody to sing with that, but hey, it works.

    Comment by Cathy — February 25, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  11. to flipp’n funny…you couldn’t have picked a better song!!
    the twins have got one funny daddy!!

    Comment by mamma knows — February 25, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

  12. ROFLMAO!
    Hilarious as usual! :) My Husband also enjoys … uh… revising lyrics to popular tunes. His latest was a revision of “Unforgettable” to become “Inconsolable” with lyrics about our very fussy three-month-old.
    I love your site- I read every day. Your babies are beautiful and it’s good to know there are Daddies like you and my sweet Husband out there!

    Comment by Lauren — February 26, 2008 @ 6:22 am

  13. Absolutely CLASSIC! You should look in to being a lyricist you know :)

    Comment by Amy — February 26, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  14. Oh my gosh, that’s awesome,lol…I love Rock Star but I think I can relate to your version a little better now days,lol…now go put it on you tube!

    Comment by Tanya — February 26, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  15. Oh that was fabulous!!! I like your version better too! :)

    Comment by Tiffany — February 26, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  16. I like your version a lot better. Unbeatable!

    Comment by Shay — March 5, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  17. aww, the video was removed

    Comment by Hyla — July 6, 2009 @ 1:27 am

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