97: A Simple Plan

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A Simple Plan
This is true. The lyrics are ridiculous.
Title text: This is true. The lyrics are ridiculous.


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 from 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 frightens them.

Simple Plan's lyrics seem particularly inappropriate and ridiculous, given 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 to be the truth. In the comic, Cueball slowly comes to the horrifying realization that the members of the band are actually seriously whining about the typical life of a spoiled teenager, rather than parodying them.

In the title text, Randall states that this was his own reaction to the song, and that he now considers it ridiculous.


[Cueball, standing in front of stool with a radio on it.]
Radio: You don't know what it's like to be me!
[Caption below the panel:]
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. 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. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

No, I think you're absolutely right with your interpretation! (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. 12:51, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

The interpretation is absolutely correct. Check this video [1], 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. 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. 02:48, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Shouldn't there be the lyrics to the song here?Danger Kitty (talk)

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. 00:38, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Am I the only one who thinks it's incredibly weird to assume that we're supposed to interpret the song as being from their own perspective? And not only that, but from their perspective at the exact point in time they released the song? Sure, many songs are about the singer. But plenty aren't. The All-American Rejects have written songs about "drama and turmoil" that they've never experienced. The songs aren't parody, but that doesn't mean the songs are about them. And even when a song is about the singer, it isn't always about them at that exact moment; it might be about something that happened years ago. The judgemental attitude in the comic is based on a fallacy that's even more ridiculous than "experiencing angst as an adult" (which I would argue isn't actually ridiculous in the first place, but, one fallacy at a time). I wonder if Randall (or the viewpoint character, if it's not Randall; I must practise what I preach!) would have an aneurysm if he ever heard "I'm Just a Kid", which not only is even more angsty, but also could not possibly make it more clear that it's not from the singers' perspective at that exact moment in time. NoriMori (talk) 11:02, 24 March 2023 (UTC)

I think this is the "correct" interpretation of Simple Plan's work (if such a thing exists). I'm pretty sure they're catering to a teenage audience, relating to them in a way that lets them know "it's OK to have these feelings, you may think you're the only one hurting but you're not". Expecting 16 year-olds to have the musical talent and experience to perform these songs on a worldwide platform, let alone compose them, is a bit unreasonable in my opinion; so of course the artists were in their 20s at the time. In the comic, I think Cueball thinks the artists are manchildren, but another possible interpretation is that Cueball understands that they're young adults catering to teenagers, and his sudden disgust stems from insecurity and embarrassment in light of the realization that the band are better people than him for genuinely trying to be relatable to teenagers rather than mocking them. 14:11, 18 September 2023 (UTC)

This makes me think of the Fairly OddParents theme song: "Billy was an average kid, that no one understands"...the joke obviously being that the average child is average, ergo understood just fine, but they IMAGINE they are in some unique circumstance that nobody understands. — Kazvorpal (talk) 17:24, 29 January 2024 (UTC)