Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Does anyone know what this song is about? Interpretations anybody?

Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Once there was this kid who
Got into an accident and couldn't come to school
But when he finally came back
His hair had turned from black into bright white
He said that it was from when
The cars had smashed so hard

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Once there was this girl who
Wouldn't go and change with the girls in the change room
But when they finally made her
They saw birthmarks all over her body
She couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just been there

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But both girl and boy were glad
'Cause one kid had it worse than that
'Cause then there was this boy whose
Parents made him come directly home right after school
And when they went to their church
They shook and lurched all over the church floor
He couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just gone there

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Stew said...

the video might give some insight . . .

The song might be saying that kids can go through traumatic experiences such as a car crash, or being born with embarassing birthmarks, but the worst thing would be to have uncaring or unloving parents

Grim Reader said...

Yeah, it does seem to be saying being taken to church is as bad as being in a car crash. Much as I hated being dragged to mass every sunday as a kid, i know i'd rather have endured that than the car crash me and my family were in.

Anonymous said...

I have a quesiton for you.

Has not being a Christian any longer eased your tinnitus at all?

mothpete said...

I would have to say, 'Yes.

Aside from the natural length of time it takes the body to habituate tinnitus, I'd have to say that I'm physically more able to handle it now that I don't have to deal with the added guilt and confusion as to why the loving sky daddy hasn't yet 'healed' me.

Regards... moth.

mothpete said...

I was singing this song at a Singstar party last week and, although it's interpretive, it seemed to be saying that all those childhood embarrassments are nothing compared to the ridiculousness of being forced to grow up in churches that do the whole Toronto Blessing -slaying in the 'spirit'- schtick. But that might be just me.

The video clip shows a different picture from the lyrics.

Stew said...

Hey - you have tinnitus? I have an ultra-low hum or throb. I hear it when it's quiet, like at night when I'm trying to go to sleep. I first noticed it about 10 years ago and it drove me crazy. At first I thought it was a real noise, like someone nearby left a deisel generator running. Then I got convinced it was the "Taos hum" (google it). Now I know it's just dodgy wiring. If I don't focus on it, it subsides.
Not a topic I bring up at parties. People edge away!