"1998" as written by and Howard (pka) Howie Pryo/armstrong Kusten....
White Stones, Queens 1974
Fathers talking shit
Motherfucker slam the door
Hittin' the streets runnin' can I take this any more?
In the reins of the trains I cuddle on the floor

Well the park bench, door and
Sleeping in the rain
Little kids sitting in the shooting gallery
Set yourself up
Rom innocence to misery
Oh if this is what you want not
The way of what they fucking say

Hanging out with Sid yet again in the USA
Sidney Sidney in the USA

Lower east side 1976
Who's got the dope and
Who's turning tricks?
Should I call a user all for a fix?
Ripping off some lady just to avoid from gettin' sick

But a life runs low when you got no where to go
What the fuck happens to your soul when your low
Is he comin' over is he comin' home
Oh momma's disappointed waiting by the phone

Yeah!

Hanging out with Sid yet again in the USA
Sidney Sidney in the USA

Same fucking shit 1998
Lifting bait, and by the motherfuckers that he hates
Hit some fucking people by the Kennedy strait
Who's got the bag gonna seal his fate?

Well the park bench, door and
Sleeping here for free
Little kids sitting in the shooting gallery
Set yourself up for manifested misery
Well this is what you want
Not the way they fucking say

Hanging out with Sid yet again in the USA
Sidney Sidney in the USA


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"1998" as written by Tim Armstrong Howard (pka) "howie Pryo" Kusten

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    General CommentRead Dee Dee Ramone's autobiography, "Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones", and tell me this isn't about him.

    Dee Dee's father was an American soldier who met Dee Dee's mother in Germany. He was an alcoholic and, according to the book, a pretty mean mother fucker as this song says. Also Dee Dee lived in Whitestone and Queens. There's also an entire chapter in his book chronicling the summer he ran away as a teenager. Then in 1976, Dee Dee lived in the Lower East Side. By this time he was a total dope fiend, going out to cop heroin every day with his various junkie friends in New York. I think the lines "Is he coming over?/ Is he coming home?/ Oh momma's disappointed/ Waiting by the phone" is about his relationship with his mother, when he'd lived with her as a young adult and would come home in the morning from being out all night and they had crazy arguments. I think the last verse is about Dee Dee struggling to stay off methadone and dope at the end of his life.

    As for the chorus it's just talking about him hanging out with Sid Vicious and "a kid" in New York, not sure who "a kid" is, perhaps Sid's infamous girlfriend Nancy Spungen, because in his book Dee Dee mentions several times how Nancy was younger than all the other addicts living in New York and was kind of annoying. Or maybe it's a reference to Dee Dee himself, cuz he was notoriously childish...

    Also I doubt this is about Sid Vicous' life because he was living in England in 1974 and 1976.
    gabbagabbaheygirlon March 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song kix ass, Rancid is the best band :P
    SongMeaningson April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a bad ass song!! how could you not like it? rancid really gets you pumped up!
    saves_the_day_girlon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great song. such a great band. f*** people who didn't like life wont wait.
    lobstergirlon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLife won't wait is a GREAT album, and this is a great fuckin' kickass song!!!!!!
    DXTRon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome! RaNcId rawks!
    startinglinechikon May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, i hear that this song i sgood, and i agree, but does anyone know what the song actually means
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOK, i hear that this song i sgood, and i agree, but does anyone know what the song actually means
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnevermind, I KNOW MY OWN VERSION!
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuck my balls mr garrison
    INyearsTOcomeon May 24, 2002   Link

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