Just because music: Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s “Thrift Shop”

I’m actually not posting the video here, because even the clean version isn’t very clean.  I won’t even copy the entire lyrics here because, even cleaned up, they’re not that clean either.

Why, then, am I making Macklemore’s, Ryan Lewis’, and Wanz’s Thrift Shop one of my “just because” music choices?  Because I like the idea behind the lyrics.  Rather than telling kids that they’ll be cool if they buy the right brand names or sport the right look, the whole idea behind the song is that it’s stupid to spend a lot of money on designer clothes.  You can make your own style, and impress people, just buying at the thrift shop.  So herewith some excerpted lyrics that make that point:

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I’m, I’m, I’m hunting, looking for a come up, this is [expletive] awesome


I’mma take your grandpa style
I’mma take your grandpa style, no for real, ask your grandpa
Can I have his hand-me-downs? Velour jumpsuit and some house slippers
Dookie Brown leather jacket that I found digging


I’m digging, I’m digging, I’m searching right through that luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
Thank your granddad for donating that fab button up shirt
‘Cause right now, I’m up in here stunting
I’m at the Goodwill, you can find me in the Uptons
I’m that sucker, sucker searching in the section
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second hand


I hit the party and they stop in that [expletive]
They be like “Oh that Gucci, that’s hella tight”
I’m like “Yo, that’s only fifty dollars for a t-shirt”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, that’s just some ignorant [BS]
I call that getting swindled and pimped, [expletive]
I call that getting tricked by business, that shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won’t, then you hella won’t


[Bridge: Wanz]
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road
I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible
I’m in this big coat from that thrift shop down the road