"Do What You Want" as written by and Brett Gurewitz....
Hey do what you want, but don't do it around me
Idleness and dissipation breed apathy

I sit on my ass all goddamn day
A misanthropic anthropoid with nothing to
Say what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules and
Go to Hell with Superman and
Die like a champion, yeah hey

Hey I don't know if the billions will survive
But I'll believe in God when 1 and 1 are 5
My moniker is man and I'm rotten to the core
I'll tear down the building just to pass through the door

So do what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules and
Go to Hell with Superman and
Die like a champion, yeah hey!


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"Do What You Want" as written by Brett Gurewitz

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the underlying message of this song is that someone can be well educated or at least generally on the level and still not contribute or not care to contribute anything to society. This is easy to see because the person they're describing is a generally uncaring yet somewhat socially aware individual as we can see in lines like.

    "Idleness and dissipation breed apathy."

    "Hey I don't know if the billions will survive,
    But I'll believe in God when 1 and 1 are 5."

    The thing most people seem to miss with Bad Religion songs is that most of them are actually satirical, in that they actual think they opposite of what the song is trying to say. Especially their more anthemic songs like this and "A Walk."
    Neonsolidon May 31, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song can be misenterpreted and difficult to understand because it is more satirical and sarcastic than literal.


    To explain it in English, Its directed to the kids of their and even our generation who are reveling in thier "I dont give a fuck" stage. And its hard to see but its condemning them.

    Its like.... you know what.. fuck it... I give a fuck..

    But you obviously dont give a fuck... so go ahead..

    break all the rules... live with no fucking morals...

    fuck everything over..

    be the discracefull piece of shit your gonna be..

    Who am I to condemn you Im rotten to the core as well..

    do the stupid pointless shit your gonna do to ruin us all..cuz theirs nothing I can do to stop you...

    But stay the fuck away from me..
    pinkfadeon October 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey use large words in their songs probably because they know their meaning and when you have a large vocabulary, it's difficult to think and communicate your ideas in sentences when there are perfectly good words already invented and at your disposal that do the same thing.

    But from a meaningful point of view, maybe the use of "misanthropic anthropoid" for example conveys a sense of detatchment from other people. Rather than describing himself as a misanthropic person, or a person who hates people (which would be rather ironic) he describes himself as an anthropoid which is someone resembling a person, or classified as a person, instead of actually being a part of humanity.

    Just a thought.
    meatr0oon October 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn this song is great. Bad Religion is nice as hell! Good lyrics i might add.
    Hardcore_Slackeron September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey I don't know if the billions will survive,
    But I'll believe in God when 1 and 1 are 5.
    YoMetson May 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom Arm: "I know what they are talking about but just using a bunch of big words makes you look like a pseudo-intellectual rather then smart."

    very true, but do you think maybe that line in this song was a stab at the pseudo-intellectuals? that's what comes to mind for me.
    keyyoooon May 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't think so. I just thought of it as a punk telling everyone to do what they want and use big words so they dont sound like morons. But it could be a stab at the pseudo-intelluctals.
    Armon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just figured it out... This song from the perspective of someone who hates what Bad Religion stands for and is creating a cariture of what they represent.
    Sorrynametakenon October 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually wrote a paper about this song, comparing it to "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche. There is the whole idea of the superman and surpassing human existence.
    nemitzkaon November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's kind of hard to be a pseudo-intellectual when in fact you're a full blown intellectual. Greg Graffin just published his doctoral thesis, you can buy it on badreligion.com...so I guess he has a reason to know big words after all, eh?
    MattieCampon June 24, 2005   Link

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