Bo Burnham – Welcome to the Internet | Stream, Lyrics & Real Meaning

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Robert Pickering Burnham better known by his stage name Bo Burnham is an American comedian, musician, actor, director, screenwriter and poet. He started his YouTube career in March 2006 with his videos gaining over 300 million views as of March 2021. He is well known in some circles for his Netflix specials but in this article we are talking about his latest sensation” Welcome to the Internet”.

“Welcome to the Internet” is the fourth track from the second disc of his fourth live album “Inside (The Songs)”. The album features songs from his comedy special “Bo Burnham: Inside” released June 10, 2021 on Netflix. This album was self-released after his four-year contract with Comedy Central expired.

“Welcome to the Internet” is about, well, the Internet. The World Wide Web is quite an impressive creation of mankind. But humanity is flawed in the worst way possible. Internet too. Bo Burnham touches on some of the good things about the internet and drowns us in all the bad about it in this track. Stick around and you might pick up a new bad habit or two, too.

Watch Bo Burnham’s “Welcome to the Internet”

“Welcome to the Internet” Lyrics Review and Song Meaning

Verse 1

In the first verse of the song, Bo Burnham tells us about the Internet. These days, no one needs an introductory course in the Internet. Even newborns learn to browse YouTube and watch their favorite Cocomelon nursery rhymes.

Bo Burnham warns us that the Internet is wide and deep. Anything your brain can imagine, you will find on the internet. Heck, you can find anything you can imagine just on Reddit itself. So you’re bound to find something you love or hate on the internet. If you can’t find anything, you can be the first to create it on the Internet!

Verse 2

Bo Burnham dips our toes into what’s to come. Want to read today’s news? No one really buys physical newspapers now. Newsstands are a thing of the past. It’s good in a way – so many trees have been saved. Moreover, news travels fast and far with the Internet. 30 years ago, no one knew what happened in the world. Now everyone knows everything. Alright, internet!

But also easily accessible are some pictures of feet! Yes, the craze for feet is very real among people and the Internet perfectly facilitates this need. There are probably 1,000 pages dedicated to foot lovers alone on Reddit itself.

Jo Burnham also reminds us how easy it is to access anything on the internet. The user only has to express interest in a certain topic and the algorithms will take care of the rest.

Verse 3

In the third verse, Bo Burnham makes fun of Internet heroes! There are literal world wars going on on the internet on all sorts of topics, every minute. There are endless debates from which you can choose and participate according to your desire. It will only take one Tweet to create a war. However, the good thing about the Internet is that damage control is relatively easier. A blocked user, a banned account, and even the whole website goes down, and the war ends.

If you want to be happy, you can be happy on the Internet. If you want to satisfy your deepest sexual desires, the Internet remains. If you want to fight for racism, feminism, global warming, deforestation, OPEC, the United Nations, Donald Trump, a mosquito on your arm, or Elon Musk, you can do it with ease!

“Engagement” is a powerful tool on the Internet. Everyone wants everyone to engage on the internet. YouTubers want more likes and subscribers, Twitter users want more hearts and retweets, Instagram models want more hearts and comments, businesses want more clicks and sales. Everything is accompanied by a price tag to capture and hold the attention of Internet users. Social media, in recent years alone, has enabled more engagement than all the newspapers, catalogs and magazines in the history of the world combined.

Verse 4

Bo Burnham dives deeper! Do you want to learn how to cook a dish? Want to learn how to freeze your egg and make an omelet? I bet someone has done it before. From the kitchen, Bo draws our attention to the corpse of a 9-year-old child. This shows the “variety” of the Internet! “Death and gore” is also another dark side of the internet, unfortunately.

Bo takes us on another wild ride when he says you can find all the different (aww) colored pencil drawings of all the (aww) Harry Potter characters having sex with each other (and now!) . We can guarantee that it exists on the Internet.

You can google any famous movie title character having sex, and most likely, you will find it.

Welcome to the Internet!

Verse 5

Sex is a BIG topic on the internet and online communities. There have been countless cases of online predators that even had unfortunate consequences in real life. But does it stop? Probably never! The Internet is vast and quite uncontrollable.

Also, the other side of the story is how people pretend to be victims to get attention. On the internet, any kind of news is “good” news for someone looking to get more “engagement”. So, it’s quite common for people to flip stories for “internet fame” later.

Verse 6

Darker subjects follow.

If you want to see people being beheaded, you’re in for a treat. If you want to see animal cruelty, you’ve hit the jackpot. Do you want to see sexual abuse? Welcome to the Internet. Bo warned us that “everything” your brain can think of will be there on the internet.

“Boomer” is slang for older people who aren’t as tech and internet savvy as Millennials or Zoomers! “Groom” is about abusing someone, usually underage and often sexually.

Once again, Bo shows us the highest of internet highs, how to make a healthy breakfast, and the lowest of lows, kill your mom! We can bet there will be an instructional guide for both somewhere on the internet.

The internet is really vast and infuriating at this point.

Chorus

In the chorus of “Welcome to the Internet”, Bo Burnham sings that you don’t even have to pick a topic. Why not open seven tabs at once and indulge in seven different topics at once!

The new generations cannot be without being entertained. Whether it’s watching a cooking video on YouTube or watching hardcore adult entertainment on another website, everyone needs “content” displayed on their face. Boredom is a thing of the past now. There are more videos on YouTube than you can watch in your lifetime, even if you watched them continuously. There’s also more educational content than your brain can absorb. Which poison you choose for yourself is up to you.

Just like Bo said in the second verse; “Just nod or shake your head, and we’ll do the rest.”

Bridge

These lyrics take us to a time before the internet was this massive engulfing being. At the time, a chat room was the biggest and craziest social network on the internet. Things were more physical back then. They had books, magazines, catalogs and friends. They had no patrons or Patreon followers on OnlyFans.

Bo Burnham points the finger at the parents. Today’s parents are so busy with their own routine that they have no free time to spend with their children. Instead, they give the kid their iPad and let them roam the vast expanses of the internet. From an early age, the child’s brain learns to crave more and more content for entertainment.

Now look at yourself! Oh, look at you!
You you ! Unstoppable, watchable

The internet is definitely addictive. And that can be a good thing if you’re addicted to the good side of the Internet: knowledge. However, it’s easier to get addicted to the wrong things, always!

At the time, the elders warned us of the dangers of leaving the house on the street. Today, Bo Burnham warns us to stay inside the house, glued to the internet.

Let us hear what you think of this comedic masterpiece by Bo Burnham in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics on Genius.

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