Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
The song on the radio is "Welcome to My Life" by Simple Plan (not A Simple Plan), which was released in 2004 as a first single to the band's second album "Still Not Getting Any..." The lyrics of the song mainly deal with the frustration of adolescence and the stress of newfound independence. Many, if not all, adolescents go through a phase where the ongoing realization of becoming fully responsible for their body, mind, and personality beyond their parents frightens them.
What is ironic about Simple Plan's lyrics is that the members of the band are all in their 30s. The absurdity of middle-aged men expressing teen angst could be interpreted as a spoof or parody, which Cueball mistakenly believes as the truth. In the comic, Cueball comes to the horrifying realization that the members of the band are indeed seriously whining about the typical life of a spoiled teenager, not parodying them.
The title text reaffirms the comic by describing how the lyrics do not make any sense, and are not actually written by teenagers.
- [Cueball standing in front of stool with radio on it.]
- Radio: You don't know what it's like to be me!
- At first, I loved A Simple Plan. Then I realized, with creeping horror, that they were serious.
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My interpretation is that it is physically impossible to feel another person's body and thoughts, hence the line "You don't know what it's like to be me" is true. 126.96.36.199 21:54, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
I seriously doubt that this is the correct interpretation. Simple Plan's stereotypical bubblegum punk whiny teenager lyrics at first listen could pass for a parody, mocking the ridiculousness of 30 year olds complaining about homework and chores. But they aren't being ironic. They're being serious. Am I wrong here? Tell me I'm wrong. 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- No, I think you're absolutely right with your interpretation! 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- The title text seems to prove your interpretation is right. And I must say your comment is one of the most accurate statements I've ever seen. 220.127.116.11 12:51, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
The interpretation is absolutely correct. Check this video , you will find this text "You don't know what it's like to be like me" in the lyrics.--Dgbrt (talk) 13:16, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
- Yes, that lyric is indeed in the song. But Randall is reflecting on the hilariously ironic "stereotypical bubblegum punk whiny teenager lyrics" as described above, not the bizarre explanation you have above. I understand if you're a Simple Plan fan, but judging by this comic Randall isn't. 18.104.22.168 22:00, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
- Sorry I am late, but it seems we are just living at different time zones. I am not native English because I am from Germany, but I thought that "teenage angst" also mentioned at the Wiki page should stay at this explanation. I was also hoping someone else would participate here at this discussion. So I am sure we will find the REAL explain. I am with you. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:35, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
It says the title text stated that the text wasn't written by teenagers. As it appears now, it just says "This is true. The lyrics are ridiculous". Nothing about the age of the people who wrote them (although knowing how such singers work, I seriously doubt that any of the group actually wrote anything themselves. Which not to say that the person who wrote it for them was a teenager either. 22.214.171.124 02:48, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
I think it's also important to note that the band members were in their mid-20's when they released this song (23-25, according to Wikipedia). Still a tad bit too old to be singing about teen angst, but not quite as "ridiculous" as if they were in their 30's. 126.96.36.199 00:38, 25 August 2016 (UTC)