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Getting what you wish for – Is it the worst nightmare?

Posted by samthambu on July 3, 2008

(Discussion based on Pussy Cat dolls’ song when I grow up)

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Boys call you sexy (What’s up, sexy)
And you don’t care what they say
See, every time you turn around
They scream your name

Now I’ve got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I’d do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me

But I ain’t complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You know what it’s like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
‘Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

But be careful what you wish for
‘Cause you just might get it
But you just might get it
But You just might get it

They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far
 
But I ain’t complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You know what it’s like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
‘Cause see, when I was younger I would say

I see them staring at me
Oh I’m a trendsetter
Yes this is true ’cause what I do, no one can do it better
You can talk about me
‘Cause I’m a hot topic
I see you watching me, watching me, and I know you want it

Be careful what you wish for
‘Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Questions for discussion (by Samuel Thambusamy)

What is this song all about?
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When I was young I wanted attention And I promised myself that I’d do anything Anything at all for them to notice me. Why do young people seek attention? What do young people do to get the attention (in your context/s)? What do you think about these?
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They used to tell me I was silly Until I popped up on the TV. We live in a success oriented world. Nothing succeeds like success. How does success redefine what we do and say?
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We all wanna be famous. Sociologist talk about the Page 3 phenomenon. What do you think about this?

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When I grow up /I wanna be famous/I wanna be a star/I wanna be in movies/ When I grow up/I wanna see the world/Drive nice cars/I wanna have groupies
When I grow up/Be on TV/People know me/Be on magazines
When I grow up/ Fresh and clean/ Number one chick when I step out on the scene
What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
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I’m a trendsetter / Yes this is true ’cause what I do, no one can do it better/You can talk about me/’Cause I’m a hot topic / I see you watching me, watching me, and I know you want it. How much of what we are and what we do is for others? to be noticed? and talked about? How much of it is really for ourselves?
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Be careful what you wish for/ ‘Cause you just might get it/ You just might get it/ You just might get it. Why must we be careful about what we wish for? If we get what we want if there a problem?

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