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Hatten är din

Hatten är din (Swedish for "The hat is yours"), was a popular internet meme from 2000. It is a flash animation featuring the music of Lebanese musician Azar Habib, the name of the song playing is "Habbeetik". The animation prominently features a hat, Swedish text, and an assortment of bizarre imagery.



In 1984, Habib recorded "Meen ma Kenty/Habbaytek" (Whoever you are/I Loved You, or I Fell In Love With You) (in Arabic) for his Ajbeen el Layl album; the tape eventually made its way to Sweden. Sixteen years later, Swedes Patrik Nyberg, Johan Gröndahl and Pet Bagge noticed that the lyrics sounded like Swedish. With this in mind, they published an mp3 file and a text file with the lyrics on their website. Shortly after this, another Swede, Martin Holmström, decided to make a flash video of the song, which he published on his site (which came back online in 2008). It has since then been seen by millions of people around the world.

The meme in detail

The Swedish "subtitles" are not a translation of the Arabic, but rather an approximated phonetic transcription of the lyrics into Swedish, resulting in outlandish non sequiturs such as Limma skinkbit, cooligt (glue a piece of ham, cool-ish) and Man kan knarka och hamna i TV (You can do drugs and end up on TV). From the contents of these lyrics the deadpan site presented an allegedly popular Swedish drinking game involving the passing around of hats, which was sometimes taken at face value by viewers.

The accompanying images of the animation are, by turns, ostensibly Middle Eastern men in hats; one of those hats floating between a party of people (who appear to be dressed in traditional Turkish or Middle Eastern clothing); and visualizations of the Swedish lyrics such as "cool guy holding a soda" and "borrow the 'Hatten är din' LP".


The song became famous all over Scandinavia and commercial copies had been made without the creators' permission. It is often played in, of course, drinking parties. The Metro newspaper of Stockholm even sent a journalist to get an interview with Azar Habib. Habib was apparently very surprised by this mutilation of his song and the craze that followed, but he liked the idea.[1]

While the meme was well-known in Sweden, it was also extremely popular elsewhere, particularly in the English-speaking world, where the animation was also known as Hatt-baby.

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