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A very sweet friend of mine recently made me a mix CD and we took it on our Pennsylvania road trip.

I don’t want to use her name because she may not want to reveal the fact that she included songs like “MMMbop” by the Hanson Brothers and “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega. (But if you live in my town, this person has been seen very recently in a sassy tennis outfit and to the best of my knowledge she did not even play tennis that day.)

On the car trip, our girls made us listen to this CD over and over again until a little bit of Monica, Erica and Rita had really suppressed my will to live.

But one of my favorite songs on the CD is by a Canadian singer named Carly Rae Jepsen. (Just a warning… It’s very catchy and you will likely be singing it the rest of the day if you watch this video. Plus maybe dreaming of a guy with tattoos and abs like a washboard. If that’s your thing.)

My girls (who have never seen that video) have created a whole dance routine to “Call Me Maybe.”

But in the car, after our 47th time listening to the song, my husband said…

“I don’t like those lyrics.”

“Why Tipper? She’s just singing, ‘I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me maybe.’ I don’t think it’s so bad. Seems innocent enough.”

“I don’t know. It just seems a little inappropriate,” my husband said.

“Didn’t you have the girls listening to Billy Joel’s ‘Only the Good Die Young’ a few days ago? You’d rather our 5 and 7 year old be singing about death?!”

“That song is not about death. It’s about losing your virginity,” he countered.

“Oh you’re right. That’s much better.”

17 Responses to i can’t stop singing carly rae jepsen

  • My boy was singing some choice phrases from “I’m Sexy and I Know It” a few weeks ago.


    In front of the nice (conservative) Indian (meaning from India Indian so even more conservative) father with whom we’re friends.

    And it was like I heard the lyrics for the first time.

    And then I about died.

    I’m assuming the father will no longer let his son play with our children.

    I’m also fearful we will be blacklisted on some underground Indian list of sketchy families attending the elementary school.

  • Ha ha–in your husband’s defense, I would WAY rather talk to the kids about sex than about death.

    The most inappropriate song in my life right now was made up by my 2 1/2 year old niece. It’s called, “I’m a naked girl.” Her mother is so very proud.

  • Bitsy says:

    1. I like how she washes the car in high heels.
    2. I guess bangs are now officially and fully back in style.
    3. It’s probably not as bad as “Only the Good Die Young.”

  • Lesley says:

    Did you watch the end of the video? What a bummer!! I haven’t listened to the song 187 times like you guys but I never really got how it was about losing your virginity. Although, my 4 year old knows all the words to “I’m sexy & I know it” and has a little dance routine for the song so apparently I don’t have very good judgment πŸ™‚

  • N and Em's mom says:

    My speakers aren’t working, but I still enjoyed the video. However, I am old enough to be his mother, so I am feeling a little creepy. I’ll get over it.

  • LT says:

    Always good to have a friend who will send you mix cds. I did not know that Billy Joel was singing about – good to know. xoxo

  • Cortney says:

    My 10 month old started dancing in her high chair while I played that. Since the only word she seems to understand is “no” (she shakes her head, smiles, and carries on with whatever she feels like doing), I don’t have to worry about the lyrics too much. And yes. It is most definitely stuck in my head.

  • Loukia says:

    EVERYBODY, myself included, has this song in their head! WHY? At least it’s not horrible… right? I swear, I’m the mom in the school pick-up line who listens to the same songs as all the grade 6 students! Kind of embarrassing..

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