Oi

I know I'm artificial, But don't put the blame on me
I was reared with appliances, In a consumer society
Go to work, it's such a drag
Face the boss, he's such a nag
All my life has been the same
I've learned to live by hate and pain
I need sex, I need love, I need drink
I need drugs, I need food, I need cash
I need you to love me back
Now pass the blame and don't blame me
Just close your eyes and count to three
I see my place in american waste
Faced with choices I can't take
Some people are bad and they don't give a damn
what they do or who they hurt
They go through their lives and don't apologize
for the shit that they've disturbed

I got something to say and I'll say it again
I got something to sing and I'll sing it again
I got something to scream and I'll scream it again

Screechin' useless martyrs hangin naked upon the cross
They would have you believe the lie they shriek that all is lost
Can it be true? They got nothing else to say
Do you think? They want it that way
the benevolent and wise are being thwarted, ostracized, what a bummer
the world keeps getting dumber
I can still see people dying, now who takes the blame?
the numbers are different, the crime is still the same
And they're planning while I sleep
And even as we speak To strike when I am weak
All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it
Illegal to dance forbidden to cry
You do what you're told and never ask why

I got something to say and I'll say it again
I got something to sing and I'll sing it again
I got something to scream and I'll scream it again

These are all reasons why I'll be exploding tonight
and why this chip on my shoulder feels like a mile wide
It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you're twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Rebels with a cause came out of the sun
And spoke the only language they'd been given
And the people have the power, To redeem the work of fools
From the meek the graces shower, It's decreed the people rule
still you defend the system that perpetuates your hate
your institutions are corrupt, your way of thinking sucks, we've had enough
Why can't I ask any questions of what you say is true
Am I supposed to believe anything or just everything said by you?
I ain't equipment, I ain't automatic
You won't find me just staying static

I got something to say and I'll say it again
I got something to sing and I'll sing it again
I got something to scream and I'll scream it again

Not as much but with such intensity,
I'd like to be what they would not want me to be
To the tension of a world on the wane
I shuffle around on wooden boards Now no longer afraid
and i will not sit on broken glass,
not for you or anyone i will not cut my ass
I'll be a pharaoh soon, Rule from some golden tomb
Things will be different then, The sun will rise from here
Then I'll be ten feet tall, And you'll be nothing at all
I'm a lexicon devil with a battered brain
And I'm searchin' for a future-the world's my aim
I'm stubborn as a mule
And nobody breaks my rules
And if I'm acting like a king
Well, that's cause I'm a human being

I got something to say and I'll say it again
I got something to sing and I'll sing it again
I got something to scream and I'll scream it again

H-Y-P I'm hypnotised
H-Y-P I'm hypnotised

For you there's just no hope
Get a rope, get a rope

Bikini girls with machine guns
Bikini girls with machine guns

Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane,
Don't know when I'll be back again

Oi Footnotes

  1. X-Ray Spex, "Art-I-Ficial"
  2. The Ramones, "The Job That Ate My Brain"
  3. The Jam, "The Modern World"
  4. Buzzcocks, "I Need"
  5. Madness, "Shut Up"
  6. Black Flag, "American Waste"
  7. The Vandals, "People That Are Going to Hell"
  8. Anti-Flag, "Resist"
  9. MC5, "Future Now"
  10. Johnny Thunders, "Short Lives"
  11. NOFX, "Idiots Are Taking Over"
  12. The Specials, "War Crimes"
  13. Reel Big Fish, "Everyone Else Is An Asshole"
  14. The Clash, "White Riot"
  15. The Damned, "I Just Can't Be Happy Today"
  16. Less Than Jake, "Short Fuse Burning"
  17. Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia"
  18. Velvet Underground, "I'll Be Your Mirror"
  19. Generation X, "Running With the Boss Sound"
  20. Patti Smith, "People Have the Power"
  21. Against All Authority, "Louder Than Words"
  22. Suicidal Tendencies, "Pledge Your Allegiance"
  23. Sex Pistols, "Problems"
  24. Bad Brains, "I"
  25. Gang of Four, "I Will Be A Good Boy"
  26. The Misfits, "Spinal Remains"
  27. Dead Boys, "Sonic Reducer"
  28. The Germs, "Lexicon Devil"
  29. Iggy Pop, "New Values"
  30. New York Dolls, "Human Being"
  31. The Undertones, "Hypnotised"
  32. Cock Sparrer, "Get A Rope"
  33. The Cramps, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"
  34. Since Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, who I love, don't do any original songs, I had to include a cover for them and it was "Leaving On A Jet Plane."