I Love You, You Love Me

Parodies of the song that ended Barney and Friends became a big hit in the 90s, enough so that Sherman’s book has a whole section on The Death of Barney.

I always assumed that the following was a Barney parody:

I love you, you love me,
homosexuality
people think that we’re just friends
but we’re really lesbians

The thing is, though, this was current on playgrounds in the 1950s along with “You Don’t Go Out With Boys Anymore/You don’t like Elvis Presley.” and a couple of others. Believe it or not, the 1950s were a boom time for playground songs about lesbians.

Most of the variations on this song, though, do seem to be much more violent, and generally do involve various ways to murder Barney the Dinosaur. Such as:

I hate you, you hate me
together we can kill Barney
one big shot and Barney’s on the floor
no more purple dinosaur!

Many of these songs went from playground to playground at roughly the speed of light in the 1990s, and have outlived Barney’s popularity. They’re connected to a long tradition of kids too old for a certain show slagging it off through song parody (see also: Howdy Doody)

Add the versions you heard in the comments!

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37 Comments

  1. Roger

    Overheard from a kid in a New York City McDonald's, early 90's:

    I love you
    You love me
    Barney gave me H.I.V.
    Cause he was down with O.P.P.

    The gritty urban version, complete with reference to the rap hit from Naughty by Nature.

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  2. Anonymous

    i love you you love me let's go out and kill barney with a big shotgun and bang bang in the floor no more stupid dnosaur

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  3. Anonymous

    hehe so fun

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  4. Anonymous

    I love you,
    You love me,
    Let's gang up and kill Barney,
    With a 4X4 we'll chase him out the door,
    No more purple dinosaur

    BC in the late 1990's

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    1. Anonymous

      I love You,
      You love Me,
      Barney gave me HIV,
      It Started with a kiss and ended on the floor,
      I got raped by a dinosaur

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    2. Anon

      I hate you
      You hate me,
      Lets chase Barney up a tree, i’ll get the flamethrower,
      You get the gas,
      And we’ll light up his purple ass

      Oregon – United States

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  5. Anonymous

    I hate you.
    You hate me.
    Let's get together and kill Barney
    with an axe to the neck
    and a bullet to the head.
    We're so glad that Barney's dead.

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  6. Anonymous

    I hate you
    You hate me
    We're a happy family
    With a great big punch
    and a kick from me to you.
    Won't you say you hate me too?

    (Palo Alto, 2000s)

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  7. Anonymous

    LETS GET PHYSICAL!

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  8. Anonymous

    Bristol, England in the late nineties.

    I hate you, you hate me
    Barney's watching MTV
    With the shot of a gun and a bullet in his head
    Sorry children Barney's dead

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  9. Becca

    I hate you, You hate me
    Lets go out and kill Barney,
    With a baseball bat and a 2 by 4,
    No more purple (or stupid) dinosaur!

    In the 1990's in Newfoundland Canada :)

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    1. E

      That’s the version that I heard too! I think there was another section about where to hide the body, but maybe they was just my school.

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    2. Chloe

      This was the one I knew as a kid. Shocking thing is I live in England and always have, kinda cool (and creepy) that the same version existed in both countries at similar times.

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  10. Anonymous

    I hate you, you hate me
    Barney gave me HIV
    It started with a hug, but Barney wanted more
    I got raped by a dinosaur

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  11. Karen Connelly

    I hate you
    You hate me
    We went out and killed Barney
    And we kicked his butt and we punched him in the head
    Sorry, kids, but Barney's dead

    (I made that one up)

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  12. simp jj

    I love u
    u love me
    let's chase Barney up a tree!
    With a knife in my hand
    I stab him in the head!
    Sorry, kids, but Barney' s dead!

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  13. Natasha Russell

    I love you, you love me, let's get together and kill Barney, with a bomb in his bed and a sword in his head, sorry kid's, but Barney's dead.

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  14. guitardragon127

    I hate you, you hate me, let's get together and lynch Barney. With a great big noose we will hang him from a tree. Sorry kids no more Barney
    (Texas, early 1990s)

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  15. Liz

    i love booze
    booze loves me
    holy sh!t i have to pee
    i'm so smashed im falling on the floor
    alcoholic dinosaur

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    1. Anonymous

      Haha good one

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  16. oswin zizzy

    I hate you
    You Hate Me
    Lets gang up and kill barney
    I'll get the fire
    You get the gas
    Lets blow barneys big fat ass

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  17. Mad Dog Gatecrasher

    I hate you
    You hate me
    Let's gang up and kill Barney
    With a kick and a punch and a bullet in the head
    Look now kids, poor Barney's dead!

    NY early 90's

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  18. GaySoaps

    Northern Kentucky, 1990s

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  19. Maddy Feagan

    I love you, you love me,
    Let's get together and kill Barney.
    I'll get the lighter and you get the gas,
    Let's all kill Barney's purple ass!
    -Texas, early 2000's

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  20. KaZe

    I love you
    you love me
    Barney gave me HIV
    so I kicked him in the balls
    and shot him in the head
    now that purple basturds dead

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  21. Tyler

    I hate you, you hate me
    let’s get together and kill Barney
    with a one shot, two shot, three shot, four
    no more purple dinosaur

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  22. Unknown

    lol i edited it :

    I hate you,you hate me,let’s team up and kill Barney
    With a sword and push it on he’s butt
    Now he’s dead and butt hurted

    What do you think of it ? c:

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  23. Danielle

    I hate you, you hate me
    Let’s get together and kill Barney
    Grab a fork and stick it in his head
    Aren’t you glad that Barney’s dead?

    – New Jersey, early 2010s

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  24. jackson smith

    i hate u, u hate me
    lets hang out and kill barney
    with a 4 by 4 and a rpg
    no more purple dinasour

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  25. Sparrow

    New Zealand late 2010s
    amongst middleschoolers

    I love you, you love me.
    Let’s get together and kill barney.
    Bang with a shotgun, Barney hit the floor.
    No more purple dinosaur.

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  26. Cade Z

    I hate you
    You hate me
    Let’s get together and kill Barney
    With a great big hug
    And a bullet in the head
    Just one shot
    And Barney’s dead

    – Southern California (Los Angeles/Orange County), early 2000’s

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  27. Anonymous

    Nah, I heard the one about family

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  28. pito

    i love you
    u love me
    lets get together and kill barney
    with a 1 shot 2 shot 3 shot 4
    no more purple dinosaur

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  29. Gemma Kitchin

    Learnt in 2007/ 2008, Suffolk, England

    I hate you, you hate Me.
    Lets go off and kill barney
    with a baseball bat and a four by four,
    no more purple dinosaurs.

    Sorry kids, Barney’s dead.
    I chopped off his big fat head
    with a baseball bat and a four by four,
    no more purple dinosaurs.

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  30. HotWax93

    Michigan, circa 2005/6:

    I hate you, you hate me,
    Barney stole my SUV,
    So I went to the store and I bought a .44,
    No more purple dinosaur.

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  31. Storm the Albatross

    I HATE YOU HATE ME LET GO A COOK BARNEY,CHARCOAL,LIGHT FLUID AND BBQ SUACE TO,HAVE A DINO BARBQUE

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  32. Boo

    I love you, you love me .
    Let’s get together and flip Barney
    With a spatula and a pyramid
    Did we flip him?
    YES WE DID!

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