Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) Lyrics - The Offspring

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Credits
publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Brian Holland, Charles Miller, Gerald Goldstein, Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Levitin, Lonnie Jordan, Morris Dickerson, Thomas Allen
release date: 1998-11
genres: Rock
styles: Alternative Rock/Punk/Pop Rock
length: 3:09
producer: Dave Jerden
lead vocals: Dexter Holland
mixer: Dave Jerden
engineer: Bryan Carlstrom
background vocals: Davey Havok, Jack Grisham and Jim Lindberg
guitar: Noodles
additional: Heidi Villagran, Nika Futterman Frost and Chris Higgins
drums (drum set): Ron Welty
bass guitar: Greg Kriesel
assistant engineer: Annette Cisneros
task miscellaneous support: Elan Trujillo and Janie Rangel
composer: Dexter Holland
lyricist: Dexter Holland
You know it's kind of 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

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna 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 you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
So do that brand new thing

Give it to me baby
Give it to me baby
Give it to me baby
And all the girls say I'm pretty fly (for a white guy)

He needs some cool tunes
Not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube
So he bought Vanilla Ice
Now cruising in his Pinto, he sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice
They're gonna kick his lily ***

Now he's getting a tattoo
He's gettin' ink done
He asked for a '13', but they drew a '31'
Friends say he's trying too hard
And he's not quite hip
But in his own mind
He's the dopest trip

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna 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 you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
The world loves wannabe's
So let's get some more wannabe's
And do that brand new thing



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Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Welcome
  • 2 Have You Ever
  • 3 Staring at the Sun
  • 4 Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)
  • 5 The Kids Aren’t Alright
  • 6 Feelings
  • 7 She’s Got Issues
  • 8 Walla Walla
  • 9 The End of the Line
  • 10 No Brakes
  • 11 Why Don’t You Get a Job?
  • 12 Americana
  • 13 Pay the Man / Pretty Fly (reprise)