Short People
Randy Newman, Composer, 1977
Commentary by Steven B. Goldsmith, May 2000

This song was popular in the mid-1970's. The author wrote the song as a parody of the absurdity of human prejudice and discrimination. He picked on short people because that was still politically correct. What he failed to understand is that the prejudices he sings about are very real. Although rarely stated publicly, society in general, especially American society, maintains the misguided assumption that short people are less attractive and more belligerent. This song, and other forms of entertainment that demonstrate prejudice of short people, only serve to strengthen those negative perceptions.

Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason to live.

They got little hands,
Little eyes,
They walk around tellin' great big lies.

They got little noses,
Tiny little teeth,
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet.

Well I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people 'round here.

(Short people are just the same as you and I.)
A fool such as I. (All men are brothers until the day they die.)
It's a wonderful world.

Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody to love

They got little baby legs
They stand so low
You got to pick 'em up
Just to say hello.

They got little cars
That go beep beep beep.
They got little voices
Goin' peep peep peep.

They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds.
They're gonna get you
Every time.

Well I don't want no short people
Don't want no short people
Don't want no short people 'round here.