"Canadian Idiot" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Don't want to be a Canadian idiot

Don't want to be some beer swillin' hockey nut
And do I look like some frost bitten hosehead
I never learned my alphabet from A to zed

They all live on donuts and moose meat
And they leave the house without packin' heat
Never even bring their guns to the mall
And you know what else is too funny
Their stupid monopoly money
Can't take 'em seriously at all

Well maple syrup and snow's what they export
They treat curling just like it's a real sport
They think their silly accent is so cute
Can't understand a thing they're talking aboot

Sure they got their national health care
Cheaper meds, low crime rates and clean air
Then again well they got Celine Dion
Eat their weight in Kraft macaroni
And dream of driving a Zamboni
All over Saskatchewan

Don't want to be a Canadian idiot
We'll figure out their temperature in Celsius
See the map they're hovering right over us
Tell you the truth it makes me kinda nervous

Always hear the same kind of story
Break your nose and they'll just say sorry
Tell me what kind of freaks are that polite
It's gotta mean they're all up to something
So quick before they see it coming
Time for a pre-emptive strike


Lyrics submitted by snotface2, edited by SirDalvion

"Canadian Idiot" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +2
    Song MeaningAt first glance it looks like this song pokes fun at Canada, but there is much more to it.

    It really is written to poke fun at the way Americans form ridiculous stereotypes about Canada.

    The song is also a humorous commentary about American paranoia and aggression:

    "It's gotta mean they're all up to something
    so quick before they see it coming
    time for a pre-emptive strike"

    The song also tries to indirectly characterize Americans as over-aggressive.

    "they (Canadians) leave the house without packin' heat
    never even bring their guns to the mall "

    As the "American voice" of the song is confused as to why Canadians don't feel the need to carry guns with them whenever they leave the house.

    The song spends a lot of time "poking fun" at Canada, but the stereotypes are meant to sound overly-silly to emphasize how ridiculous American beliefs about Canada can be.

    The songwriter's true positive feelings about Canada shine through in direct compliments to the country:

    "they got their national health care
    Cheaper meds, low crime rates, and clean air"

    In contrast, the song doesn't make any compliments about American lifestyle at all.

    Overall, its actually a very pro-Canada song if you read between the lines. The song characterizes Canadians as a polite people. The song recognizes Canada for their low pollution, low crime, and health care system. Americans are described as aggressive and paranoid folks that carry guns everywhere.
    TexasTomon September 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"tell me what kind of freaks are that polite"

    Haha! I love Weird Al, and do we really have an accent? I've never said 'aboot' in my life... I really love his take on American Idiot. Brilliant!
    softie_on September 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentparody of American idiot by Green Day
    snotface2on September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAside from that one phrase I can't get, here's a more complete version of the lyrics, plus grammar/spelling fixes:

    Don't wanna be a Canadian idiot
    Don't wanna be some beer swilling hockey nut
    And do I look like some frostbitten hose head?
    I never learned my alphabet from A to Z

    They all live in donuts and moose beaks
    And they leave the house without packing heat
    Never even bring their guns to the mall
    And ya know what else is too funny?
    Their stupid monopoly money
    Can't take 'em seriously at all

    Well maple syrup and snow's what they export
    They treat curling just like it's a real sport
    They think their silly accent is so cute
    Can't understand a thing they’re talking aboot

    Sure they get their national healthcare
    Cheaper meds, ??, and clear air
    Then again, well they got Celine Dion
    Eat their weight in Kraft macaroni
    And dream of driving a zamboni
    All over Saskatchewan

    Don't wanna be a Canadian idiot
    We'll figure out the temperature in Celsius
    See the map? They're hoverin' right over us
    Tell you the truth it makes me kinda nervous

    Always hear the same kinda story
    Break your nose and they'll just say "Sorry"
    Tell me, what kinda freaks are that polite?
    It's gotta mean they're all up to something
    So quick, before they see it coming
    Time for a preemptive strike
    JackRon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBah! "clean air" not "clear air." What a stupid typo on my part.
    JackRon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the fourth line in the first stanza is "I never learned my alphabet from A to Zed." This makes sense because "head" and "zed" rhyme and the letter Z is pronounced "zed" in English-speaking countries other than the U.S.
    To Xi Ci Tyon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha...I just realized that my earlier post wasn't necessary (Z would be pronounced "zed"), but maybe it will clarify the lyrics for some people.
    To Xi Ci Tyon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust to state the obvious, it's a parody of American Idiot. The song lyrics are Canadian Stereotypes that some Americans think about Canada.
    PGMon September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's:
    cheaper meds, low crime rates, and clean air
    nxtwon September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably the best song off the new album.
    Bonehead XLon October 02, 2006   Link

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