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Hip To Be Square Lyrics

Artist: Huey Lewis and The News

I used to be a renegade, I used to fool around
But I couldn't take the punishment, and had to settle down
Now I'm playing it real straight, and yes I cut my hair
You might think I'm crazy, but I don't even care
Because I can tell what's going on
It's hip to be square

I like my bands in business suits, I watch them on TV
I'm working out 'most everyday and watching what I eat
They tell me that it's good for me, but I don't even care
I know that it's crazy
I know that it's nowhere
But there is no denying that
It's hip to be square

It's not too hard to figure out, you see it everyday
And those that were the farthest out have gone the other way
You see them on the freeway, It don't look like a lot of fun
But don't you try to fight it; "An idea who's time has come."

Don't tell me that I'm crazy
Don't tell me I'm nowhere
Take it from me
It's hip to be square

Comments/Interpretations

by Rebecca on 7/11/2008 3:33pm
Best song ever
by Bateman on 7/13/2008 10:30am
Do you like Huey Lewis and the news?

rofl
by lmao on 7/16/2008 7:57pm
nice bateman XD

t's not too hard to figure out, you see it everyday
And those that were the farthest out have gone the other way
You see them on the freeway, It don't look like a lot of fun
But don't you try to fight it; "An idea who's time has come."

What does this mean???
by Malakian on 7/17/2008 4:15am
huey Lewis is horrible and so is the news the greatest band of there time was the Beatles John Lennon ALL DAY!
by luey hewis on 7/20/2008 11:03pm
lmao - It's about all the hippies/freaks and how the ones that were the most radical became the biggest yuppies driving BMWs and such. For all of those people it's now (or was back when the song was written) "hip" to be square.
by Phil on 8/15/2008 1:34pm
i loooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeee this song...its fabulous!!
by vanessa on 9/6/2008 11:37am
Love this song
by Patrick Bateman on 9/9/2008 4:29pm
Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83,I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. [rapidly, as if agitated] But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself
by Anna on 9/24/2008 1:46pm
"HEY PAUL!"

*WHACKED in the face*
by Dave Fargo on 9/25/2008 3:48pm
Caught him outdoors at a county fair a couple weeks ago, the first time, my shame. Absolutely the best of the best, no contest. He still gets major air when he jumps to end the tune, too, that's hip.

If you want to compare him to an Elvis, you might have the wrong one in mind, but that's more the kind of honest childlike thing that's in this music.

As to these lyrics, the final irony is if the Beamer Yupsters had really been up to producing economically the kind of consistent quality and quantity that Huey and Co. have and still are producing, we would not be in the MESS we are in today.

So sad, that.
by HEY PAUL ! on 9/26/2008 7:55pm
pATRICK BATEMAN-VERY FUNNY AND OH SO TRUE dAVE YOU HAVE TO SEE AMERICAN PSYCHO TO KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT.
by ShadowMist on 10/10/2008 8:40am
Best song EVER!! Lol, American Psycho FTW
by David on 11/13/2008 7:29pm
Bateman told me about Huey while we were out having drinks one afternoon...absolutely love it.
by Lorelei #16 on 11/18/2008 8:44pm
Why do people recite lines fro mteh song! it get's sooo anoying somethimes. BTW: I'm doing this song for my dance recital this year. I'm sooooo excited!☺
by lorelei on 1/17/2009 6:12pm
disregard that i suck cocks
by Pat on 2/1/2009 10:19pm
Huey's too black sounding for me.
by kasper on 2/18/2009 9:47am
TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIAS NOW, YOU FUCKING BASTARD!
by A to the B on 2/22/2009 12:40pm
i totally have to agree with Patrick Bateman. By the way... no feelings at all? ;-)
by Oh Yes on 3/16/2009 1:20pm
I'm hip and square!
by bobbyu on 5/20/2010 3:34pm
great song
by Jason on 8/27/2010 3:00pm
"Hey is this a raincoat?"
"YES IT IS!"
by Brewster on 11/24/2010 12:42pm
It's definitely hip to be square.

I thought it said "hip to be *a* square" though, because the first time I heard this song was on Sesame Street when I was young. There was a sketch with a square (as in the polygon) dancing and singing some child-learning-ised version of this song! Quality times.
by A Real Lady on 12/30/2010 9:15am
Wow! This song tells you how I cleaned up my act!
by P. Allen on 2/13/2011 11:20pm
Huey Lewis and the News. Yeah, they're okay.
by Rickovic on 2/28/2011 9:42am
I like to be round ;-)
by jh on 3/25/2011 3:26am
awsome song
by Jasmine on 7/5/2011 2:28pm
Doing a dance to this song it rocks!!!
by haidd on 9/22/2011 4:40am
thats a cool song guys rock
by Dezi on 8/19/2012 4:30pm
Oh my god i love huey lewis and the news it is mi fave
I saw them at a casini in87 best ever
by Patrick Bateman on 12/7/2012 2:38pm
i have some fond memories of this song
by nfl on 12/23/2012 4:09am
Love the song and the band








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