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Chris Shiflett

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PHP Anthem

Yesterday on IRC, Andrei Zmievski mentioned a new song about PHP. Sean Coates linked to a YouTube video with the song, which I then mentioned on Twitter:

PHP finally has an anthem. This is what we’ve been lacking. http://j.mp/PHPanthem /via @coates

If you haven't listened yet, take a moment to do so. There are a few options:

The song is by Lee Fernandes, who goes by @reelfernandes on Twitter. I couldn't find the lyrics online, so I created a new document on TypeWith.me to solicit help. To my delight, prompted by Sean's request, Lee joined and helped us out. :-)

TypeWith.me is made with EtherPad software. Lee thinks it's excellent. If you're sad about yesterday's news about Wave, you should give it a try.

The complete lyrics are below, with some links to add context. Enjoy! :-)

Oh yeah. (Oh yeah.)
(Just one day it just hits you all of a sudden. It's just like...)

Oh yeah, I'm so PHP this year.
Got a mic in the left, and 'n the right, cold beer.
Compile that Apache.
Now we got version 5 and two chicks laid out in the back seat.
Yeah, sometimes the code looks a little trashy.
But, this ain't ColdFusion.
Stop talking sassy, and pull up them panties.

I'm really... I'm just saying; why don't you go check out the API reference docs.
They're really good.
(They are.)

Is it underline or CamelCase?
I can't remember; I've been busy poundin' cakes.
It's what PHP developers do.
We get more booty than you.
Don't be jealous when you smell us; check the Boolean dude, it reads...

(Oh yeah.)
Check the Boolean dude; it reads true.
(Oh yeah.)
PHP gets more booty than you.
(Oh yeah.)
Check the Boolean dude; it reads true.
(Oh yeah.)
PHP gets more booty than you.
(Oh yeah.)
Check the Boolean dude; it reads...

True, PHP gets more booty than you,
but we still keep it clean.
MySQL really real wrappin' all strings.
Filter input like it was a herpes strain.
(You know what I'm saying?)
That's why we got the STD class.
Objects we pass might need to be trashed.
Girl, what you doin'?

Come gunzip this.
Be my witness as I strip this string of all slashes.
Now, I got what I need.
No traversing my filesystem when you ain't supposed to be.
That's how it is rolling with PHP.
All the hot chicks, yeah, they love PHP.
(It's so true.)
(Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about.)


(Yo, yo, tell 'em about it.)

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.
It's real out here.
Somebody better call the mod_security officer.
My concern is for those weak half-assed scripting languages.
The ones that can't hang with us.
It's strange, but they get hanged and remain in dust.
Some aren't quite dead and still remain a pain to us.

PHP's got more muscle.
In a nutshell, nothing's quite like it.

Predicted by the ancient cultures and the psychics.
The ones who dreamt in recursive states.
Whispering premonitions of open source community gates.

(Oh yeah...)


If you're curious to learn more, you're in luck. Sean and Paul Reinheimer will be interviewing Lee for a future episode of Pique Web, their new podcast on PHP and related web technologies.

Oh yeah!

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PHP Anthem was posted on Thu, 05 Aug 2010. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Joseph Labrecque said:

Thanks so much for giving Lee's "PHP" track some much-deserved attention! You guys have really spiked our stats in the past couple of days for the entire "Emergent Collective One" collection:


Your Linux-oriented readers might also be interested in contributor Partition 36 and his remix album "I Love Penguins":


Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 14:55:21 GMT Link

2.Lee said:

The thumbnail used for the song, what movie is it from?

It looks "interesting" :D

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 15:02:20 GMT Link

3.Chris Shiflett said:

Happy to help, Joseph! I'm curious to see if you get even more attention today.

Lee, the photo is from Internext. It's real. :-) I don't think it's from a movie, though.

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 15:51:53 GMT Link

4.Catherine Sandrick said:

I don't know what's more awesome, the song or the links.

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 16:52:45 GMT Link

5.Chris Shiflett said:

Glad you like them, Catherine. :-)

The links were a joint effort between myself and Sean.

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 16:54:33 GMT Link

6.Adler Medrado said:

Simply Awesome.

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 at 17:16:17 GMT Link

7.Lee Fernandes said:

The reference links rock! Thanks again Chris, every rap-battle I'm in the bathroom vomiting on my sweater in nervous anticipation, much like Eminem in 8 Mile, furiously flipping through pages of "PHP Essential Security" psyching myself up ; )

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 at 00:58:28 GMT Link

8.Chris Shiflett said:

Glad you like the links, Lee. The thought of you psyching yourself up with Essential PHP Security cracks me up. :-)

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 at 14:54:48 GMT Link

9.Chris Shiflett said:

Here are the lyrics translated to Japanese. :-)

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 at 15:30:53 GMT Link

10.Satya said:

Thanks for the info. I have posted the news here on my page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Web-Scripting/176350059435

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 at 18:15:41 GMT Link

11.Raphael Almeida said:

I realy like hiphop music, but this is very crazy!

We'll use it in user group PHP conference at Brazil!

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 at 11:16:50 GMT Link

12.Anil Kumar Panigrahi said:

Nice One ... and its really awesome :)

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 at 05:40:35 GMT Link

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