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#TBT: That Time Will Smith Perfectly Explained Shopping With Your Parents

Today is Will Smith’s birthday. In honor of this blessed day (and #TBT), we've decided to take a look back at one of the Fresh Prince's most timeless classics: "Parents Just Don't Understand." Not only does its video feature the coolest bedroom in the history of ever, the song outlines exactly how every style-conscious teen (this writer included—sorry, Mom!) has felt AT SOME POINT about shopping with their parents.

I remember one year

My mom took me school shopping

It was me, my brother, my mom, oh, my pop, and my little sister

All hopped in the car—we headed downtown to the Gallery Mall

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My mom started bugging with the clothes she chose

I didn't say nothing at first—I just turned up my nose

She said, "What's wrong? This shirt cost $20"

I said, "Mom, this shirt is plaid with a butterfly collar!"

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The next half hour was the same old thing

My mother buying me clothes from 1963

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And then she lost her mind and did the ultimate

I asked her for Adidas and she bought me Zips!

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I said, "Mom, what are you doing, you're ruining my rep"

She said, "You're only sixteen, you don't have a rep yet"

I said, "Mom, let's put these clothes back, please"

She said "no, you go to school to learn not for a fashion show"

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I said, "This isn't Sha Na Na, come on Mom, I'm not Bowzer

Mom, please put back the bell-bottom Brady Bunch trousers

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But if you don't want to I can live with that but

You gotta put back the double-knit reversible slacks"

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She wasn't moved—everything stayed the same

Inevitably the first day of school came

I thought I could get over, I tried to play sick

But my mom said, "No, no way, uh-uh, forget it"

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There was nothing I could do, I tried to relax

I got dressed up in those ancient artifacts

And when I walked into school, it was just as I thought

The kids were cracking up laughing at the clothes Mom bought

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And those who weren't laughing still had a ball

Because they were pointing and whispering

As I walked down the hall

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I got home and told my Mom how my day went

She said, "If they were laughing you don't need them,

Cause they're not good friends"

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For the next six hours I tried to explain to my Mom

That I was gonna have to go through this about 200 more times

So, to you all the kids all across the land

There's no need to argue

Parents just don't understand

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