|Song by Jimmy Buffett|
|from the album Beach House on the Moon|
|Released||May 24, 1999|
|Songwriter(s)||Jimmy Buffett, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer|
|Producer(s)||Russell Kunkel, Michael Utley, Mac McAnally, Tony Brown|
"Math Suks" is a song by Jimmy Buffett, from the album Beach House on the Moon (1999).
The lyrics tell of the author's frustration as a math student. According to the lyrics, the inspiration for the song and title came from a candid interview on TV:
However, in later interviews Jimmy said that the inspiration actually came from graffiti on a bridge in Key West Florida.
Consistent with its stated theme, the song lyrics are largely an emotional catharsis; mathematical terms are used only in a very superficial way. Presumably for that reason, the song seems to have little appeal to mathematicians, and even less to mathematics teachers  (unlike other songs that make fun at mathematics, such as Tom Lehrer's "Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky" and "New Math"). The song was in fact promptly condemned by the US National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Education Association for its alleged negative effect on children's education. Jon Stewart also criticized the song on The Daily Show during a segment called "Math Is Quite Pleasant".