The Lyrics to Hanson’s Mmmbop Are Hauntingly Beautiful

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Hanson’s Mmmbop Is Beautiful

Hanson's Mmmbop is beautiful

The 90s changed music. That’s a fact. You’re probably thinking that that statement is a pejorative. But if you were paying attention then you may have come across one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs to have ever been recorded. Yes, that song is Mmmbop. By Hanson. Stop laughing. Seriously. Even Hilary Duff thinks so. Still laughing aren’t you? Anyway Ms. Duff says “You should definitely leave here and go Google the lyrics and listen to the song. And you’re ’gonna be like, ’I never knew what they were saying.’ But it’s so deep and it’s such a beautiful song.” She’s so right. It’s an absolute cracker.

Deep and Meaningful

Hanson's Mmmbop is beautiful

This is a song unlike others. Here’s a quotation from Zac Hanson (the tall one), that sums it up:

“What that song talks about is, you’ve got to hold on to the things that really matter. Mmmbop represents a frame of time or the futility of life. Things are going to be gone, whether it’s your age and your youth, or maybe the money you have, and all that’s going to be left are the people you’ve nurtured and have really built to be your backbone and your support system.”

Our eyes are suddenly doing that sweating thing that they do. Oh god.

Lyrical Analysis

Hanson's Mmmbop is beautiful

So, obviously, we’re not going to focus on the chorus. Because as deep and meaningful as that is, it doesn’t quite do the song justice. It’s damned catchy though.

You have so many relationships in this life
Only one or two will last
You go through all the pain and strife
Then you turn your back and they’re gone so fast
Oh yeah
And they’re gone so fast, yeah
So hold on the ones who really care
In the end they’ll be the only ones there
And 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?
Oh care

See what we mean? You might STILL be laughing but just consider that the Hanson brothers were kids when they wrote this song. It covers the transience of life so purely, so aptly. You meet people and then they leave. You’ve only got one go at life. This is Hanson’s brothers’ original version of YOLO.

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
Oh, no one know

Okay, so they’ve sort of lost us in this verse, but their level of thinking is way above our station. They’re geniuses. Pure and simple. Go out and spread the gospel, heathens!

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