Residence: Moorpark, California
Date of Performance/Collection: Dec 2007
Primary Language: English
“I hate you, you hate me, let’s get together and kill Barney, with a bazooka, and a big ol’ machine gun, boom, boom, boom and Barney’s dead.”
This is a song sung in the same tune as the song from the Barney television show that used to go, “I love you, you love me, we are happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too?” In a way it is a play on it and mocks the cherished children’s show, which is as classic as Sesame Street and Big Bird. However, this version is sung by slightly older children, such as the informant from Moorpark, CA, who are aware of more violent objects such as machine guns and bazookas. The informant learned of this version of the Barney song from her older brother who was in sixth grade and had learned it from his friends at school. She repeats it because she is at the age where she repeats everything her older brother does, no matter what it is, in order to impress the “grown ups” of how much she knows. She likes it because she is a very lyrical person and likes to sings rhymes and tunes in the car whenever the family travels.
This is a saying often restricted to children, generally those who have grown up in the 90’s when Barney was still quite popular, who have grown older and are capable of creating such a creative and mocking rhyme. I think that the kids retell it as a method of proving to other people and kids that they have grown up, almost a hierarchy among children. Since the older kids know the new and different rhyme, they can distinguish themselves from the “kiddies” and “babies” who still watch Barney, the friendly purple dinosaur. I think it is a sense of status that causes the children to spread this chant and they enjoy that feeling that they can be different from other students.
There are many versions of this mock barney song which can be found at http://www.amiright.com/parody/90s/barney0.shtml For example,
“I hate you, you hate me
Let’s get together and kill Barney
With tanks of water and acid he will drown
Barney escapes but he falls down”