Took the 60 bus out of downtown Cambell
Ben Zandito he was on there he was waitin' for me
All the punk rockers and the moon stompers are out on the corners
Where they sparing for change

I started thinkin' you know I started drinkin'
You know I don't remember too much of that day
Somethin' struck me funny when we ran out of money
Where do you go now when your only 15

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me and it goes
Give 'em the boot, the roots the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo

The radio was playin'
Desmon Dekker was singin' on the 49 bus
As we climb up the hill
Nothin' incoming but the reggae drummin'
And we all come from unloving homes
I say: why even bother
I pick up the bottle
Mr. bus driver please let these people on
Rude girl Carol was a mini-skirt girl
My blurry vision saw nothin' wrong

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me and it goes
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah..

Took the 60 bus out of downtown Cambell
Ben Zandito he was on there he was waitin' for me
All the punk rockers and the moon stompers are out on the corners
Where they sparing for change
There's a really old plan, they keep stuck on singing
And the 49 bus climbed up on the hill
Rude girl Carol was a mini-skirt girl
My blurry vision saw nothin' wrong

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me and it goes
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo
Give 'em the boot, the roots the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, The reggae on my stereo


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  • +2
    Song Meaningthis song is about busses. simple as that, busses. not goverment, or math terms, busses.

    when they were younger, they didn't have cars, so they took busses everywhere. when they ran out of money, they had to spare for change on the corners. the busses played reggae music, hence desmond dekker singing.

    and if you don't believe me, watch the Give 'Em the Boot DVD.
    rootsradicals04on July 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song.... ...AND OUT COME THE WOLVES is the single best cd ever.... every song on it is fucking awesome... you cant consider yourself punk until u have this cd!!!
    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon February 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is actually about Lars' best friend as a kid, Ben Zanatto who has passed on. The song tells of the teenage memories he had of him.
    Rancidpunxon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRoots Radical is a Jimmy Cliff song. It's totally different from this one, but it may very well have inspired this one, since RAncid does a cover of "the Harder They Come" which is also by Jimmy Cliff
    pogue mahoneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust a really catchy song about average life on the city bus. Great song.
    chickendrumson June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso the lyrics are wrong on this page
    Rancidpunxon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyrics are wrong... if I have time(aka- get off my lazy ass) I'll type them up and send them in or w/e u do to add songs... but it's a great song, and the CD is just kick ass rock... nofxjuggalogirgo is completely right- u HAVE to have this CD... I'm not exactly sure what this song is about, I don't feel it's about the gov. tho... if we look back to what was going on when they (rancid) were 15 (refer to song) we might get an idea what they r talking about, but seeing how I wasn't even born when they were that young I have no clue... any ideas?
    theFrailtyofWrdson June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat jammin' song. It's about some of the good times he had.
    MetalKronicon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentme and one of my friends use to always chant this... then we played it for two other of our friends and we would all chant it together... one of them was in my english class and during the middle of a test... wed just look across the room at eachother and start singing it... alot of weird glances but fuck em
    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is just sooo good...
    big_burton September 10, 2002   Link

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