"The Anthem" as written by Benji Madden, Joel Madden and John Feldmann....
Yeah
Here, we go

It's a new day
But it all feels old
It's a good life
That's what I'm told
But every day, it all just feels the same

And my high school
It felt more to me
Like a jail cell
A penitentiary
My time spent there it only made me see

That I don't ever wanna be like you
I don't wanna do the things you do
I'm never gonna hear the words you say

And I don't ever wanna
I don't ever wanna be
You, don't wanna be just like you
What I'm sayin' is, this is the anthem
Throw all your hands up
You, don't wanna be you

Go to college
A university
Get a real job
That's what they said to me
But I could never, live the way they want

I'm gonna get by
And just do my time
Out of step while
They all get in line
I'm just a minor threat so pay no mind

Do you really wanna to be like them?
Do you really wanna be another trend?
Do you wanna be part of that crowd?

'Cause I don't ever wanna
I don't ever wanna be, you
Don't wanna be just like you
What I'm saying is, this is the anthem
Throw all your hands up
You, don't wanna be you

Shake it once that's fine
Shake it twice that's okay
Shake it three times
Your playin' with your self again

(You, don't wanna be just like you)
What I'm saying is, this is the anthem
Throw all your hands up
Now you can feel me
Sing if you're with me
You, don't wanna be just like you
(Just like you)

This is the anthem
Throw all your hands up
Now you can feel me
Sing if you're with me

Another loser anthem
(Wahoo)
Another loser anthem
(Wahoo)
Another loser anthem
(Wahoo)
Another loser anthem


Lyrics submitted by LeroytheFatKid

"The Anthem" as written by Benji Madden John Feldmann

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  • +3
    General CommentIn Kerrang (British magazine) they asked Good Charlotte what the song meant and they said it's all sarcastic. Apparently when they started to make this album the record label were all like "We want another Little Things, that was a big hit! We need a song for the movies! We need another loser anthem!"

    And GC didn't want to, because they thought it was overdone and that they'd outgrown 'loser anthems'. So they wrote this as sarcasm. They really don't mean a word they say. The lyrics are deliberately crap because they were taking the piss out of it. That's what the line 'another loser anthem' was about.

    And 'shake it once that's fine, shake it twoce that's okay, shake it three times, you're playing with yourself again' is about one or two loser anthems being okay but after that... you're playing with yourself.

    Don't think just cause a song's like kinda pop punk you can take it at face value :D
    wednesdayaddamson July 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentguys. shut up.

    shut up and decipher the song, as this site was made for this reason. this isn't a frigging forum!
    axel250on February 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAhh everyone stop bashing GC!!! They're a good band so chill!
    WeAreTheOnesForgottenon May 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust heard this song live tonight in Buffalo... not very many people knew the song, but GC still got the crowd going!
    JadedOneon August 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so awesome....if i knew they were in buffalo i woulda went cause i live like 10 minutes away
    chisox142on August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, i heard it from madden 2003 (amazing that i can find music from videogames now....) and couldn't stop listening to it! good charlotte is amazing
    MahicoFishon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup I heard it from madden as well, plus i heard it at Warped Tour here in Boston... GC was a hell of a live band... awesome pit and everything haha
    Seldinion August 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sucks that its on madden.. like wtf is that.. but its still an awesome song..just WHY MADDEN?
    KiD_ViShUSon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti rate there new cd a big fat ZERO, they were resonable but do not, under any circumstances, buy this CD. That is, if you want to listen to good music; if you want to laugh at the horribly written music and half-assed attempts at "emo," feel more than free to download it.
    Xbright_eyesXon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Out of step while
    They all get in line
    I'm just a Minor Threat so pay no mind"

    i think it's cute how they quote miner threat. minor threat has a song called "out of step" and in thier song “minor threat” it says, “pay no mind to us/ we’re just a minor threat”.
    GCMestMeUpon August 24, 2002   Link

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