Jimmy and Johnny two friends of mine skinhead what they clam
Outside similarities but no they don't feel the same
See Johnny thinks Jimmy's a mod and Jimmy thinks Johnny's a punk
Jimmy listens to ska and Johnny likes last resort
Jimmy and Johnny in the trenches were down tonight
Drinking guiness smokin' 555´s
Once you're in the middle you feel alright
Skinheads tats and a fred perry
There's a war in the cemetery
Start to fight stop drinking
What the fuck were they thinking


Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seein'
Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seein'
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Jimmy had his two tone girl back of his scooter that night
Johnny had a jacked up chevy that could blow you right off the line
Skinheads tats and a fred perry
There's a war in the cemetery
Start to fight stop the drinking
What the fuck were they thinking


Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seeing
Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seeing
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seeing
Jimmy and Johnny tell me what you're seeing
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


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    General CommentThis song is awesome.
    MightyMohawkGirlon July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBest rancid album!
    My interpretation to this song: two skinhead friends that stop having fun and start having trouble .Maybe two Tim friends,dont know
    Any help?
    unity4peaceon May 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti cant really help but it seems that they both are skins. but jimmys more of a trad skin and johnnys a boot boy. difference is boot boys listen to more oi (last resort, opressed ect) and trads listen to oi but will also listen to alot of ska and reggea
    j0k3r_31on November 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think the point of this song, j0k3r 31, is that stupid labels like "boot boys" and "trad skins" only split people apart and while it might be fun to create an identity for yourself like that it shouldnt get in the way of a friendship, fuck i've never heard of either of those things.
    They "think" the other is a mod or a punk. when he says "tell me what your seein'" its because they are seeing each other differently to the way he is, and he doesnt like the way its going "what the uck were they thinking".
    still i dont get why he says "Outside similarities but no they don't feel the same" because that suggests that they look the same but are different inside, which seems like the opposite of the rest of the song.
    joeytheboyon January 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim thinkin maybe Jimmy is the famous St. Jimmy from the Green Day, American Idiot album. . . think about, there is already a link between the two bands. . . that link bein that BillieJoe Armstrong, the lead singer for Green Day, composed the song "Radio" for Rancid. . . maybe that isnt the only link between the 2 bands. . . i also think that when he says, "Jimmy and Johnny, tell me what your seein" he is implying that Jimmy and Johnny r the same person, seeing the same thing, just through different viewpoints because they r separate personalities of the same person, and they r fighting for full control over the mind of a confused skinhead. . . if i'm way off, please let me know, but i think i present a good arguement.
    skataboion February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthonestly, skataboi, i think the whole jimmy thing is a coincidence. I mean there are tons of jimmys in the world, but w/e. this song reminds me of myself and my friend steve. I would definatley be jimmy, cuz ska rules!
    catliketheifon June 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be about the internal strife in the skinhead world. There are racist skins and there are skins who are against racism and whose members include all races. (like SHARP Skin Heads against racial prejudice)

    The Green Day connection is a STRETCH , but NOFX came out with a song afterwards that is a story about a guy named Johnny that has the lyrics:

    He's a teenage vegetable
    This is the LAST RESORT
    He's got PCP in his veins
    He lives inside a quart
    Johnny was a good man
    Till the day that he got shot
    He had a jacked up chevy
    That could blow you off the spot
    JeffKaos71on March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song above i mentioned by NOFX is called Knee Jaw Music
    JeffKaos71on March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand the lyrics of the NOFX song go:

    He's a teenage vegetable
    He listens to LAST RESORT

    (on-line lyrics sites got it wrong)
    JeffKaos71on March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSkataboi, you're a moron, this song came out like 10 years before St. Jimmy came out.
    poolhallXjunkieon March 27, 2006   Link

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