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So here's a song that takes something that's not so fun, math, and makes it offensive.

What's a pirate minus the ship?
Just a creative homeless guy
And an anteater plus a large hungry mutant ant?
An ironic way to die


And what's domain, domain, range (xxy)?
A kid with too much in his pants

And two balls minus one?
Seven titles at the Tour de France


Split a decision with long division,
Take the circumference of your circumcision
Live like your data and when you're all "set"
Put it all together and whatever you get.

It's new math...

What's a bag of chips divided by five,
Well that's a Nike workers' meal

And Santa clause multiplied by "I"?
Well I guess that makes him real

And the square root of the NBA?
Is Africa in a box

How do you trace a scatter plot?
Give the pencil to Michael J Fox


Take the approximate moral proportion
Of the probable problem of a pro-life abortion
Live like your data, and when you're all "set"
Put it all together and whatever you get...

It's new, it's new, it's new, it's new...
It's new math.

And if you made a factor tree
Of the factors that caused my girl to leave me
You'd have a tree...
Full of Asian porn.

See AL, see you later (C-A-L-C-U-LATOR)
Mathematical minds make industrial smog.
And what's the opposite of ln(x) (natural logarithm)
Duraflame – the unnatural log.


Support the farmers with a pro-tractor,
Link Kennedy and Lincoln with a common factor
Live like your data, and when you're all "set"
Put it all together and whatever you get...

Yeah it's new, it's new, it's new, it's new... It's new math.

Word problems!

If there's a fat guy in a pastry shop
With a twenty dollar bill and he's ready to buy,
In order to predict his volume change
You'll need to know the value of pi

And there's a metal train that's a mile long
And at the very back end a lightning bolt struck her,
How long 'til it reaches and kills the driver,
Provided that he's a good conductor,

And if ten percent of men are gay
And twenty percent of men are Chinese,
What are the odds that a man chosen at random
Spends his free time at mealtime while on his knees

And if Kim is half as old as Bobby
Who is two years older than twelve year old Tori,
For how many more 30 day months
Will their threesomes be considered statutory... rape

Because math can be sexy

Cause having sex is like quadratic expansion
If it can't be split then it's time to stop,
And having sex is like doing fractions,
It's improper for the larger one to be on top,

And having sex is like math homework,
I do it best when I'm alone in my bed.
And squaring numbers are just like women,
If they're under thirteen just do them in your head...

It's new math



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    katy-did20091991Dec 17, 2009 at 7:37 am
    Dear rx,
    your probably the kind of person that laughs at off-color jokes and sexist jokes. The song is funny. For all you know, cancer and Parkinson's bothers him. Some people deal with things like that through humor. Grow up please.
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    LiaJOct 23, 2008 at 3:16 am
    I think it's awesome. It's edgy, that's half the point. He knows he's flirting with being politically incorrect. I really don't think he meant to meant to hurt anyone with his lyrics, just wanted to make a statement.

    How could you wish a disease like that on someone?
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    UnregisteredMay 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Xxy does not necessarily make a person have ambiguous genitalia (being hermaphroditic) the extra chrom. Is down syndrome and klienfelters but these can cause ambiguous genit. Also a circumcision removes the skin or hood of a penis not the end of it. What kind of operation did you have? The word problems are fairly obvious. As are the sexy ones. Lance armstrong has one ball and won the tour de france. Michael j has parkinsons meaning he is shaky. The nba thing is obvious as well, try multiplying. A factor tree is simple
    any other answers you need?
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    jgladishMay 6, 2011 at 2:34 am
    @ Lion Ryon - Its six titles and Lance Armstrong has six titles at the Tour deFrance, and has testicular cancer.

    Kennedy and Lincoln were two American presidents who were assassinated the common "factor"
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    Lion_RyonApr 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    Post 3 of three. Read the other ones first.
    In this post we discuss the Word problems!

    If there's a fat guy in a pastry shop
    With a twenty dollar bill and he's ready to buy,
    In order to predict his volume change
    You'll need to know the value of pi

    This is a pun on the word Pie. Pie is a fruit filled pastry, while pi is an irrational number approximately equal to 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937. Since it is an irrational number it is impossible to know its true value. The digits go on forever with no pattern.

    And there's a metal train that's a mile long
    And at the very back end a lightning bolt struck her,
    How long 'til it reaches and kills the driver,
    Provided that he's a good conductor,

    A pun on the word conductor: A substance or object that allows electricity to flow through it conducts electricity; The conductor is the person who is in charge of a railroad train, bus, or streetcar.

    *** If we assume there is no resistance in the metal train so that the electricity travels at 186,000 miles per second, can we use that to calculate the answer, or would we have to assume that since the train is grounded by the track it will never reach the driver?

    And if ten percent of men are gay
    And twenty percent of men are Chinese,
    What are the odds that a man chosen at random
    Spends his free time at mealtime while on his knees

    *** Do Chinese people eat on their knees?
    *** For the gay guy are we talking about Sodomy or Oral sex? (I can picture both being on their knees).

    And if Kim is half as old as Bobby
    Who is two years older than twelve year old Tori,
    For how many more 30 day months
    Will their threesomes be considered statutory... rape

    Kim is 7
    Bobby is 14
    Tori is 12

    *** What is the age of consent? Doesn’t at least one of them have to be over the age of consent for this to be statutory rape?
    *** Knowing the ages in years you want the answer in months. Can we assume all three have their birthday today? If so can I come to the ‘Party’? (Oh that is bad!)

    Because math can be sexy

    Cause having sex is like quadratic expansion
    If it can't be split then it's time to stop,
    *** I have no clue on this one!

    And having sex is like doing fractions,
    It's improper for the larger one to be on top,
    In an improper fraction such as 4/3, the numerator (4) is larger than the denominator (3).

    And having sex is like math homework,
    I do it best when I'm alone in my bed.
    Bo, see my comment about your tree of Asian Porn.

    And squaring numbers are just like women,
    If they're under thirteen just do them in your head...
    This line makes me wonder about rx’s post. Rx, you are offended by making fun of illnesses like Cancer and Parkinson’s, but not by this line. Somewhere between the age of 0 and 12 there has to be an age where most people would not consider even imagining having sex with a girl... yet this line does not offend you. That says a LOT about you rx.

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