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All Lyrics Lead To Happy Valley: Relating Song Lyrics To Penn State

Have you ever been listening to music and thought, “Hey, this sounds like it’s about life at Penn State?”

No? Well, maybe you will now. With many songs sounding like they relate to various Penn State experiences, here are some popular lyrics and how similar they relate to Penn State life. 

“You Belong With Me” By Taylor Swift 

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset (and probably long distance, too)
She’s going off about something that you said (or the selfie you sent with another girl) 
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do
I’m in the room, it’s a typical Tuesday night (in my dorm after eating dinner at Pollock) 
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like (Kernkraft 400) 
And she’ll never know your story like I do
But she wears short skirts (white jeans and a white Penn State crop top) 
I wear T-shirts (the Penn State Life is Good one with a dog on it) 
She’s cheer captain (or in a sorority, either one works), and I’m on the bleachers (somewhere in the student section at Beaver Stadium screaming this song) 
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time 
If you could see that I’m the one
Who understands you 
Been here all along
So, why can’t you see?
You belong with me

“Homegrown” By Zac Brown Band

I got a piece of land (renovated double room) out in the countryside (East Halls) 
Lay back and smell the sun (Penn State cows) warm up the Georgia pine (or cool down some Creamery ice cream)
Been so good to me, takin’ it easy (not having an 8 a.m.)
Why would I ever leave? Cause I know
I got some good friends that live down the street (more like hallway) 
Got a good lookin’ woman with her arms ’round me (or maybe you have a long-distance partner from home)
Live in a small town where it feels like home (State College, Pennsylvania)
I’ve got everything I need, and nothin’ that I don’t

“Jumpman” By Drake and Future

Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman (Nick Kern Jr.) 
I just seen the jet take off, they up to something (I just seen Nick Kern Jr. put a Texas A&M defender on a poster) 
Them boys just not bluffing, them boys just not bluffing (Mike Rhoades and the Nittany Lions are legit)
Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, them boys up to something (but mostly Nick Kern Jr.) 

“Bohemian Rhapsody” By Queen

Too late, my time has come (my alarm just went off) 
Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time (my feet hurt because I have to walk a mile to class)
Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go (to an 8 a.m., gross)

Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time (my feet hurt because I have to walk a mile to class)
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth (the old Willard building) 
Mama, ooh (anyway the wind blows) (probably directly at my face) 
I don’t wanna die (or go to class, close enough)
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all (choosing Penn State is the same as being born, right?)

“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not cry
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town (the Willard Preacher is back!)
He’s making a list (of quotes to shout, of course) 
He’s checking it twice (Gary is always certain)
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice (if you’re naughty, be ready to get yelled at) 
Santa Claus is coming to town (and he has his red hoodie on)

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Michael Siroty

Michael Siroty is a freshman from Westfield, New Jersey, majoring in broadcast journalism. When he isn't writing articles or making TikToks for Onward State, Siroty is either taking a peaceful walk around Beaver Stadium or at his summer day camp job. You can contact him to discuss your sushi order or music taste on Instagram and Twitter @msiroty or by email at [email protected].

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