"Ichi, Ni, San, Chi
Ichi, Ni, San, Chi"


I didn't see it comin’
creepin’ up from behind
I was almost swallowed whole
by the thrill of the fight
it wasn't for the money
and it wasn't just for fun
I wanted to make a mark
I just wanted to be some one
I heard the devil whisper in my ear (uh huh)
he made his message clear when he said:

Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
oh good god now you gotta believe me

It never really mattered
I was always under control
Monkey hear, monkey think
there is no fear in this dojo
I was a super hero
king of 1985
I showed no mercy
I was always Cobra Kai
but I caught a crane kick to the face
(uh huh)
I guess he sealed my fate when he said:

Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
oh good god now you gotta believe me
good god you gotta believe me
good god, good god
oh, good god now you gotta believe me
oh good god now you gotta believe me
oh good god now you gotta believe me

I heard the devil whisper in my ear
He made his message clear when he said:

Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
oooohoooh
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg (johnny)
good god now you gotta believe me
Sweep the leg (johnny)
Sweep the leg
Sweep the leg (johnny, johnny)
good god you gotta believe, you got to believe me



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    General CommentThis song has to be about Karate Kid...
    ndjson August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYup, it's about the Karate Kid but from the perspective of Johnny rather than Daniel. If you check out the video online, the guy that played Johnny in the movie actually stars and directs the video. Also appearing are Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and Martin Kove (Sensei Kreese)
    DarlaCon September 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand the guys on the couch are the rest of cobra kai in the movie.

    btw, I think it's Shi and not chi in the beginning. At least I think 4 in japanese is Shi.
    Viper3123on November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFinally, hilarious/smart rock with pop references from guys who can PLAY!

    I love No More Kings!
    MrDeliriouson April 24, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt took me a while to see the message between the lines of this song...

    It's obviously the point of view of Johnny from "Karate Kid", but it's not ABOUT him so much as it's about his regrettable condition following the devil's bad advice.

    This represents the dangers of choosing a teacher for the wrong reasons... If you only want to succeed "to be somebody", you're not being anybody at all, because you are making your life's worth conditional upon the expectations of others. If you follow a teacher for no reason other than their willingness to take your money, you're wasting much more than cash on your classes.

    Ambition without integrity is a recipe for disaster. That, to me, is what this song boils down to.
    BastionKon December 09, 2012   Link

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