"Hooray for Me..." as written by and Brett Gurewitz....
I can see my teenage father standing straight on a desolate corner,
In the shadow of tentacled towers by the red light of America,
I imagine how his mother felt when she heard that her husband was dying,
And that underground heroes of the tarmac shooting smack were blowing up worlds

And Damned out loud,
He, can you tell me how does it feel?

Yeah, tell me, can you imagine, for a second,
Doing anything that you don't have to?
Well that's what I'm accustomed to so hooray for me

When I slept with stony faces on the riverbank,
My angel devil reveler shook me desperately in dying,
I don't exactly want to apologize for anything, and now
We're all mad and tangled in secret rooms with roman candles,
On an endless graveyard train

Yeah, tell me, can you imagine, for a second, doing
Anything just 'cause you want to?
Well, that's just what I do so hooray for me

Yeah, I was dreaming through the "howzlife", yawning,
Car black, when she told me "mad and meaningless as ever..",
And a song came on my radio like a cemetery rhyme,
For a million crying corpses in their tragedy of respectable existence

Oh, yeah, I'm not respectable, and never sensible,
I've been incredible so damned irascible
And I like the things I do so hooray for me

Lyrics submitted by BrianConley

"Hooray For Me" as written by Brett Gurewitz


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    General CommentI think this song is about war and the effects it has on the world
    green_highlighteron August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus exemplifies the theme of this song. The rest of the lyrics I feel aren't very strong. They go all over the place. Bad Religion themselves hate this song, but they love the music(the only reason why they decided to keep it on the Stranger than Fiction). I personally dont the lyrics either, love the chorus though. Madcappunk, I dont think this song is so much about doing the right thing than it is about doing whatever you want to do.
    wrinkledPholeon May 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought this song was a personal song of either Greg's or Brett's (can't remember), and it was about how people laughed at him when he said he wanted to be a musician and now he's made it and he just saying "fuck you" to everyone who doubted him. That's what i heard off another website ne way.
    crazy_punk_gurlon October 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou guys suck. i think the lyrics are amazing.
    goodbaron December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits about being happy that you have a for lack of a better expression "free spirit"
    soul_doubton September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I see and hear in this song...
    The first verse is describing the supposedly "Great Wars" such as WWII and Vietnam that Greg and Brett's fathers and grandfathers had to define their generations, for better or worse.
    The second verse is the results of the Beat Generation and the drug scenes of the '60s and '70s, and how the participants tended to burn out and fade into mediocre existences.
    The third verse finds modern man (modern for the '80s and '90s that is) dealing with a life that holds no real challenges or paths to personal glory, where the days blend together like a dirge.
    That's why the singer asserts his individuality so strongly in the choruses, in doing so he is rejecting all three of the other ways of life and taking his chances on his own path. He is saying he doesn't give a shit if you like how he's living because he likes it and that's all that matters.

    Or at least that's what I got from it!
    spacemunky_666on October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou sit there and judge me for doing whatever the hell I want and enjoying my life
    and the millions of cunts like you will be sucking dick for eternity
    pinkfadeon April 20, 2009   Link
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    General Comment^ that makes sense.

    "yeah, tell me, can you imagine, for a second, doing anything that you don't have to? well that's what I'm accustomed to so hooray for me [and fuck you]" Sounds like people who think they're accomplished but don't enjoy it, or don't enjoy being nice but are just because. They don't need to. Music's good.
    DJgifon June 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFor an explicit translation, refer to 'pinkfade' article.

    For normal translation, please stay on the line. Brett song ftw. It's got that punky feel to it where you just kinda don't care what people think, and not just because that's what's cool, but because you really don't care. You do things for you even if it's frowned on. Cuz I mean, who wants to be part of that "respectable existence anyways"?

    It's like Straight Ahead by Pennywise.
    stayfluffyon September 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about ignoring what other people do and doing the right thing even if other people aren't doing it...hooray for me, and FUCK YOU! Similar idea as Henchman.
    Madcappunkon March 27, 2003   Link

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