"I Wasn't Born to Follow" as written by and Ness....
When I grow up I'm gonna be a star
Gonna sing my songs and play my guitar, I'm ready
Gonna change the world, Gonna turn the page
Gonna say what I feel, let out this rage, get ready
We're going down, down to the streets below

Gonna sing the songs of the streets again
Gonna knock me off my feet, so get ready
I'll sing a song for the fallen angels
This one goes out to all the unsung heroes

We're going down, down to the streets below
'Cause don't you know know, I wasn't born to follow

I realize that in your eyes you've got ideas
But I've got mine, get ready
Here comes the new generation
Hope they feel and fight the same way as we did

We're going down, down to the streets below
'Cause don't you know know, I wasn't born to follow

When I grow up I'm gonna be a star
Gonna sing my songs and play my guitar, I'm ready
Gonna change the world, Gonna turn the page
Gonna say what I feel, let out this rage, get ready
We're going down, down to the streets below


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"I Wasn't Born to Follow" as written by Ness

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    General Commentwow, no one has commented on this song yet. amazing. well this (in my opinion) is the most amazing song on the entire album. the lyrics are so real, and really speak to young people. so i really love this song. yay for mike ness!
    DcFrEaK123on December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with u dcfreak that this song really speaks to young people, im 16 and totally feel this song. i thinks its my new theme song.

    "Gonna change the world, gonna turn the page
    Gonna say what I feel, let out this rage, get ready"

    i think he sayin hes ready to change his life for the better and gonna let out all the irritants and stresses that kept him from living life which were bottled up inside, this song really means something to me, i can relate perfectly
    lilcrowon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of you, this song really speaks to me, it is my dream to bring back the real punk, not the clothing, but the attitude, and the need for change, and i want to get on stage with my guitar, and sing my songs, and let the new generation hear me

    "Here comes a new generation, hope they feel and fight the same ways we did"
    Slave2sinon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song and does touch me since I am in a punk band. It is great to hear a legend in punk music saying that he wants the young kids to bring back what punk was. That is what I get from the song, but I do know that this song is also about Joe Strummer and The Clash, Joey Ramone and The Ramones starting up the whole punk movement. I know that Mike Ness dedicated the song to them on the dvd "Live in Orange County"
    unseenfaceon December 29, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI dont agree with the other comments..... My interpretation is that Mike Ness is admitting he took the beaten path and taking a road he wanted to without following what mainstream ideas were thinking, he wants music to be like it was in the good old days
    PUNKRKRon January 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being young and being ready to take the path less traveled for the greater good of yourself and the world.
    Tig45on April 24, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't think the song is that straightforward. I think there's a lot of irony in it.

    My guess is, it is indeed about being young, about thinking you're the coolest thing in the universe, that only you have the right thoughts, and that you're the one that's finally going to "change the world".
    Almost all of us are going through this when we're young, and I don't think there's a way around it. Then we're "going down". That's when some of us find something that helps them become a person they never thought they'd be.

    I think the main theme of the song is similar to "I Was Wrong". And I'm sure that those who now think that this song is a "young rebel anthem", in a few years will find it to be kind of satiric.
    Volkoffon July 17, 2013   Link

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