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Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Americana album cover
First Released Americana
Recorded September 16, 1998 at Eldorado Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Length 3:08
Singer/Guitarist Dexter Holland
Guitarist Noodles
Bassist Greg K.
Drummer Ron Welty
Produced by Dave Jerden

"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" is the fourth track on The Offspring's 1998 fifth album, Americana, and was released as the first single to promote the album. It is one of The Offspring's most popular songs, achieving significant pop and alternative radio play. This popularity would make "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" reach #1 in some countries outside the United States.

Chart performance

"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" was released as a single on November 9, 1998, a week before the release of Americana. It was a huge success, making it to #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks. The song reached the charts in over 15 countries and peaked at #1 in nine of these, including Australia (where it went 4x Platinum) and the United Kingdom, making it one of The Offspring's most commercially successful singles.

Lyrics

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You know it's kind of hard
Just to get along today
Our subject isn't cool
But he fakes it anyway
He may not have a clue
And he may not have style
But everything he lacks
Well he makes up in denial

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
So do that brand new thing

He needs some cool tunes
Not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube
So he bought Vanilla Ice
Now cruising in his Pinto, he sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice
They're gonna kick his lily ass

Now he's getting a tattoo, yeah
He's gettin' ink done
He asked for a 13, but they drew a 31
Friends say he's trying too hard
And he's not quite hip
But in his own mind
He's the dopest trip

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
The world loves wannabe's
So let's get some more wannabe's
And do that brand new thing

Appearances

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