Sunday, February 17, 2013

"I got more rhymes than the Bible's got Psalms"

This is a prominent quote written more than twenty years ago by the American poet Erik Francis Schrody.  Schrody, aka Everlast, was the front man for the hip hop group House of Pain, where they rapped this line in their 1992 single, "Jump Around."

I've always enjoyed this song, ever since I first heard it in a scene in Mrs. Doubtfire, where Daniel throws a surprise party for his son.  Whenever I'm driving alone and this song comes up on my mp3 player, I like to pretend I'm the baddest, toughest, Irish American hooligan I know and throw it down as loud and as gangsta as I can (within reason, I don't want people staring at me).

However, this quote has always bugged me because I don't think it's true.  The Bible has 150 Psalms.  Schrody probably means that as a whole, as long as he has breath in his lungs, he'll be able to make more than 150 rhymes in his life, but ambiguity rules and I always thought he meant that he has more than 150 rhymes in this one song.

So to satisfy my curiosity, I've decided to find out the exact number of rhymes and number all of them in "Jump Around."  I've decided to be generous and include rhymes that used the same word (eg. "up" and "up") as well as duplicate rhymes, for example when the chorus is repeated throughout the song.  Repeated phrases were counted at discretion.  An asterisk denotes the start of the rhyme scheme.  You have been warned.

Verse 1

Pack it up, pack it in*
Let me begin1
I came to win2
Battle me that's a sin3
I won't tear the sack up*
Punk you better back up4
Try and play the role* and yo, the whole5 crew will act up6
Get up7, stand up8 (Come on!)
Come on, throw your hands up9
If you've got the feeling*
Jump up touch the ceiling10
Muggs is a funk* fest,
Someone's talking junk11, yo*
I'll bust 'em in the eye
And then I'll take the punks12 home13
Feel it, funk it14
Amps in the trunk15

And I got more rhymes than there's cops at a Dunkin'16
Donut shops17
Sure 'nuff I got props18
From the kids on the Hill
Plus my mom and my pops19


I came to get down*
I came to get down20
So get out your seat and jump around21
Jump around22
Jump around23
Jump around24
Jump up, jump up and get down25
Jump [x17]

Verse 2

I'll serve your _ss like John MacEnroe*
If your girl steps up, I'm smackin' the ho26
Word to your moms*
I came to drop bombs27
I got more rhymes than the Bible's got Psalms28
And just like the Prodigal Son I've returned*
Anyone stepping to me you'll get burned29
'Cause I got lyrics, but you ain't got none*
If you come to battle bring a shotgun30
But if you do* you're a fool31
'Cause I duel32 to the death*
Try and step to me you'll take your last breath33
I gots the skill*
Come get your fill34
'Cause when I shoot to give, I shoot to kill35


I came to get down*
I came to get down36
So get out your seat and jump around37
Jump around38
Jump around39
Jump around40
Jump up, jump up and get down41
Jump [x17]

Verse 3

I'm the cream of the crop*
I rise to the top42
I never eat a pig 'cause a pig is a cop43
Or better yet a terminator*
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger44
Try'n to play me out like as if my name was Sega45
But I ain't goin' out like no punk b_tch*
Get used to one style and you know I might switch46
It up, up and around*
Then buck, buck you down47
Put out your head* then you wake up in the Dawn of the Dead48
I'm comin' to get ya*, comin' to get ya49
Spitting out lyrics homie I'm wit' ya50


I came to get down*
I came to get down51
So get out your seat and jump around52
Jump around53
Jump around54
Jump around55
Jump up, jump up and get down56
Jump [x33]

Grand Total of Jumpin' Rhymes: 56

1. There are 150 Psalms in the Bible.
2. There are 56 rhymes in "Jump Around."
3. 150 > 56
4. Therefore, Everlast does not have more rhymes than the Bible has Psalms.

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Unknown said...

You wasted your time doing this

Tim said...

I'm just thrilled that someone read this!!! :D :D :D
Have a great life, dear Unknown!