I'm Gay

Album: The Great Burrito Extortion Case (2006)


  • There was a time when the word "gay" was commonly used to mean "happy," and there's nothing wrong with that. Bowling for Soup lead singer Jaret Reddick wrote this song, and told Songfacts the story behind it. Said Jaret: "With 'I'm Gay,' I was watching Mary Poppins with my daughter - Emma was super into Mary Poppins. That was her treat after we would get ready for bed, she'd get to watch a few minutes of it, then it would be continued the next night, and then go read books and go to bed. But I think Mary Poppins is talking about how 'gay' the robin is, and she means the robin that's feathering its nest is gay, because it's really happy. And I was like, it's so funny, because I remember being in third and fourth grade and the songs that you would sing in the school back then in music class were super old songs that had been in the school system for 20, 30 years, and they would use words like that. It was like, wonder why that word just sort of went away in its original meaning. I mean, I'm a happy guy, I'm taking it back."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Country Song Titles

Country Song TitlesFact or Fiction

Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?

Jello Biafra

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

Mac Powell of Third Day

Mac Powell of Third DaySongwriter Interviews

The Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album.

Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"

Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"They're Playing My Song

The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you?

Andy McClusky of OMD

Andy McClusky of OMDSongwriter Interviews

Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.