A-U-T-I-S-M

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"You know, because a brain condition totally makes you want to get up and Par-tay on down."
 

 

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"A-U-T-I-S-M" is the third track from Christian and the Hedgehog Boys. It is sung over "Larger Than Life" by Backstreet Boys.

The song is most notable as a view into Chris's personal definition of autism: a condition that makes him quiet and has rendered him so especially intelligent and different that he can't make friends. It is strange that he refers to fellow autistics as "us", given the fact that he always tries to disassociate with "slow-in-the-minds".

Interpretations

Students of the English language have been especially puzzled by the phrase "I look at you all, and I see a rainbow". Various explanations of this include:

  • Chris looks at us all and sees a motley crew of homosexuals.
  • It's a mangling of the concept of the autistic spectrum.
  • His fans are comprised of many different races.

But since Chris can't use figurative language (let alone plain English), a simpler and more plausible explanation is that Chris is drawing from the rainbow puzzle logo used by some autism charities, and the line is being said by someone looking at Chris, with an abrupt, sudden change in point of view. Another examples of his tenuous grasp of symbolism and syntactic constructs comes from the line "friends unseen", which to Chris apparently means nobody ever sees him with friends (because he has none), but to anybody else implies that his friends are invisible or hallucinatory.

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"A-U-T-I-S-M"
Stardate August 2003
Subject Matter MusicMusic Music, AutismAutism Autism, HomosHomos A rainbow
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Lyrics

[sung over The Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life"]

Are you ready to pa-a-a-rty?

I've been high and feelin' like an outcast, alright?
But let me tell you: I need some friends now, alright?
(’Cause) all of this time I’m livin’ alo-awo-awo-awo-o-one!

A-U-T-I-S-M, what does it mean?
Silence and friends unseen!
A few brains as well: that is autism!
And that makes us seem special to you!

I'm lookin' at you all, and I see a rainbow, come on!
You think I'm different in every way, come on!
All of the times that I've earned honor ro-awo-awo-oh-o-o-oll!

A-U-T-I-S-M, what does it mean?
Silence and friends unseen!
A few brains as well: that is autism!
(And) that makes us seem special to you!

Oooh, oooh! Oooh, oooh!

All of the time that I've been alooo-oooo-ooooo-oooooone.

A-U-T-I-S-M: what does it mean?
Silence and friends unseen!
A few brains as well: that is autism!
And that makes us seem special to you!

A-U-T-I-S-M: what does it mean?
Silence and friends unseen!
A few brains as well: that is autism!
(And) that makes us seem special!
That makes us seem special!
That makes us seem special to you!

Covers

A-U-T-I-S-M cover
Stardate 4 January 2012
Made By GUWANGE
Subject Matter A-U-T-I-S-M
Video Type Song Cover
Other Info From the album Trollsta's Paradise: A True and Honest Tribute to Christian & The Hedgehog Boys
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