Rebecca Black’s Friday – a critical analysis of her lyrics


I’ve decided to take a look at Rebecca Black’s now infamous song ‘Friday’. First, have a looksie.

Did you take it all in? Where you captivated by her melodic (or methodic, monotone, melodramatic) voice? Where you impressed by the level or quality put into this video? Me either. What I am impressed by is her doing this and putting it out there for the world to see. Rich kid or not that takes guts. I admire anyones ability to lay it all on the line, haters and all, and put out something you have created for praise and (in this case) ridicule)

Though it’s not all bad for Ms black. I mean she has inspired some pretty epic covers to be done by her song, one of the more impressive comes from Epic Mullet Guy:

Wasn’t that Mullet Guy…epic?

And now, for your reading pleasure, I present my lyrical break down of Rebecca Black’s Friday

(Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah-ah-ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Ok so not a terrible opening set of lyrics. Not to original here but happens a lot in pop songs, I’ll let this slide.

7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs

Does she mean fresh like “yo dawg I’m fresh’ or fresh like ‘yo dawg yo shit be stinkin’ freshin’ that shit up befo peeps think y’all be killing tuna’s” I’m thinking the former.

Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal

Unlike most people, I like this line. I think it’s a very clever rhyme. And I fuckin’ love cereal.

Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

Be honest, people who ride the bus at an age where you should be in a car don’t have friends. Then again she is only 13 so what is she doing hanging out with people 3 years older than her? I smell trouble. And tuna.

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?


I refer you to this picture for your answer, Mrs Black.

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Technically unless you are saying this Friday morning it’s sort of already the weekend. I supposed your song does take place prior to school when you got your ‘cereal’ and thought about catching the ‘bus’ so theoretically your prose makes sense, I just prefer to think of Friday as weekend day one but I still have to do something on but it’s not whole hearted therefor it’s weekend day. (He I know that was rambling and this entire paragraph is a huge contradiction upon itself but that’s ok, I’m allowed.)

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend

Someone needs to talk to your parents because you should NOT be ‘Partyin’ Partyin’ (yeah)’ at your age. Do you want to be on 16 and pregnant? Do you want to be infected with a child? I didn’t think so. Go back to Chuck E Cheese and play some skee ball. Bitches love skee ball.

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, think about fun

Are you allowed to be on the highway at your age? I mean I’m assuming your driver is 16, though if he is older someone should really have a talk with your mom. Also, is this an admission that your driver is speeding on the freeway? Cause I only know what I think cruisin so fast means, which is generally about 90.

You know what it is
I got this, you got this
My friend is by my right
I got this, you got this
Now you know it

Uhm, what?

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

I would suggest the back seat. Looks like from the video it’s a convertible so in the back you would have good air flow and the least amount to be responsible for so you could just enjoy the ride. And you hair would be smacking the dude in the back seats face over and over.

Repeat Chorus

Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)

I am so happy the educational system has taught you the order of the days.

We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you did not write the ‘we gonna have a ball today’ line. That’s just not a phrase I expect a 13 year old girl to say. Come on, admit it.

Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after…wards
I don’t want this weekend to end

If the weekend doesn’t end then you will stay forever with your 13 y ear old education. How can you build a life on that? Let’s be practical Miss Black

R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes
Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend
We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all

I’m not sure even what to say here. I mean wow. ‘Dem some fine as lyrics yo.

Repeat Chorus Twice

Oh? It’s done?

This song infects your head like the Nelly. Every time you hear the phrase It’s Friday or hell even the word Friday you will start to sing ‘It’s Friday, Friday gotta get down on Friday’ in your head a little. I do.

My final thought on this song? It’s still had better lyrics than ANY song written by the Black Eyed Peas. “My Humps“? No thank you Fergie-“I piss myself”-alicious.

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