Song lyrics reflective of ideas discussed in Colonial American Literature

OK, here we go…

Everything is Awesome!!! (especially chorus; lyrics found here, link to video here)

by Tegan and Sara, featuring The Lonely Island

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream

Everything is better when we stick together
Side by side, you and I gonna win forever, let’s party forever
We’re the same, I’m like you, you’re like me, we’re all working in harmony

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream

(Wooo)
3, 2, 1. GO

Have you heard the news, everyone’s talking
Life is good ’cause everything’s awesome
Lost my job, it’s a new opportunity
More free time for my awesome community

I feel more awesome than an awesome opossum
Dip my body in chocolate frostin’
Three years later, washed out the frostin’
Smellin’ like a blossom, everything is awesome
Stepped in mud, got new brown shoes
It’s awesome to win, and it’s awesome to lose (it’s awesome to lose)

Everything is better when we stick together
Side by side, you and I, gonna win forever, let’s party forever
We’re the same, I’m like you, you’re like me, we’re all working in harmony

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream

Blue skies, bouncy springs
We just named you awesome things
A nobel prize, a piece of string
You know what’s awesome, EVERYTHING

Dogs and fleas, allergies, a book of Greek antiquities
Brand new pants, a very old vest
Awesome items are the best

Trees, frogs, clogs
They’re awesome
Rocks, clocks, and socks
They’re awesome
Figs, and jigs, and twigs
That’s awesome
Everything you see, or think, or say
Is awesome

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream

I know what you’re thinking: “This song is completely childish and ridiculous! He’s only using this song because it was in The Lego Movie.” And, let’s face it: you’re mostly right. However, in addition to being EXTREMELY catchy, closer examination reveals that it reflects the shift in the American conception of evil we discussed in class. That is, modern Americans have considerable difficulty with the notion of evil, and especially Jonathan Edwards’ claim that it is located within every person. Rather, since the evil intrinsic to all people is unpalatable and difficult to deal with, it is much easier to blame something else, or even ignore it outright. In other words, “Everything is Awesome!” Or, perhaps more accurately, “Everyone is Awesome.”

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