Culture from Adam Sandler's "What The Hell Happened To me?"

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How Music Affects Culture

Adam Sandler's 'What the Hell Happened to Me?'

This song means that culture affects how we grow up greater then most

people think. I shows that when Adam Sandler was young, he was a well-rounded

boy that liked to have fun. The song is also saying that our culture is affecting

innocent youth that are forced to deal with the problems that the previous

generations made for them. This song shows how all people are affected when they

are really just innocent bystanders that have to witness the world at its roughest.

They are forced to deal with it although they are truly unprepared for such a harsh


Traits. The song presents cultural traits in that it shows how we grow up and

are affected by culture. Cultural traits presented in this song are how we teach

children and what we subject them to.

Our methods of education and entertainment

both affect how we turn out in the long run. The song shows how these traits affect

how people grow up, and what they value in life. For example, the song talks about

selling lemonade, eating popcorn, and watching parades. Then it goes on to say he's

'only happy when [he's] drinking JD' The point is that people are changing

because of society and our culture's lack of certain elements, such as respect and


Values. The values presented by this song include the value of respect and

discipline, and the need for more strict ways to keep a young mind safe of

destruction. These values are presented in the line 'I only did the things that Mama

said I should, but now I do whatever I want.' That line shows that values change as

we age and the reason is because...