Tonight two great ships will pull back to their ports
Depleted of everything that shoots flames and reports
And in the morning the shells will wash up on the shore
And the mighty of Earth will have no other recourse

But to shiver and shake and make shit in their shorts
Because we have been told that if you've been assured
There's a way to live the values your forefathers gave you
Prepare to be told "That shit's gay, dude"

Well, I guess that what they say is true
That there is no race more human
No one throws it away like they do

The things I used to love I have come to reject
The things I used to hate I have learned to accept
And the worst of the three you now have to expect
Satan ain't hard to see without craning your neck

He'll be seventy-some inches tall
He'll be chugging a beer and he'll be grabbing his balls
He's a remote explosive waiting for someone to call
He's just eighteen for now but he's going to murder us all

Solidarity's going to give a lot less than it'll take
Is there a girl at this college who hasn't been raped?
Is there a boy in this town that's not exploding with hate?
Is there a human alive that can look themselves in the face
Without winking?
Or say what they mean without drinking?
Or believe in something without thinking what if somebody doesn't approve?
Is there a soul on this Earth that isn't too frightened to move?

I think the wrong people got a hold of your brain
When it was nothing but a piece of putty
So now try as you may
But you will always be a tourist, little buddy

And half the time I open my mouth to speak
It's to repeat something that I heard on TV
And I've destroyed everything that wouldn't make me more like Bruce Springsteen
So I'm going back to New Jersey
I do believe they've had enough of me

So when I leave Boston my tail is between my legs
After deep cups of patience have been drunk to the dregs
And now I'm heading west on 84 again
And I'm as much of an asshole as I've ever been

And there is still nothing about myself I respect
Still haven't done anything I did not later regret
I've a hand and a napkin when I'm looking for sex
And that's no one to talk to when feeling depressed

And so now when I drink I'm going to drink to excess
And when I smoke I will smoke gaping holes in my chest
And when I scream I will scream until I'm gasping for breath
And when I get sick I will stay sick for the rest

Of my days peddling hate out the back of a Chevy Express
Each one a fart in the face of your idea of success
And if this be thy will, then fucking pass me the cup
And I'm sorry Dad no I'm not making this up

But my enemy it's your name on my lips as I go to sleep
And I know what little I've known of peace
Yes I've done to you what you've done to me
And I'd be nothing without you my darling
Please don't ever leave

Please don't ever leave


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The Battle of Hampton Roads song meanings
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    General CommentThe beginning alludes to the actual battle of Hampton Roads. This song is basically an indictment of humanity, and a call to solidarity, to rejecting what you've been told and trusting yourself. At the end, it seems to describe a punk who knows he'd be nothing without mainstream society to rebel against.
    bazackoon December 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsong of the year
    Mc Scratchnsniffon September 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's not some days wanna give, it's solidarity's gonna give
    Noraimoon January 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an incredible song.
    But where did you find those lyrics, whitestrpsrock?
    phillmatic19on February 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure the last little verse is as follows:
    But my enemy, it's your name on my lips
    as i go to sleep and i know what little i've known of peace
    yes, i've done to you what you've done to me
    and i'd be nothing without you my darling, please don't ever leave.
    please don't ever leave

    meaning that he's talking to "the enemy", and they are an integral part of his life.
    SuperRadBrianon June 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"I'm going back to new jersey..." is a reference to Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues by Bob Dylan, where he sings "I'm going back to New York City, I do think I've had enough"
    seant203on February 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWelcome back to Glenn Rock, Patrick. Did you enjoy your stay in Boston?
    AlBenedicton February 18, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsort of wrong.. here's the corrections.

    tonight two great ships will pull back to their ports
    depleted of everything that shoots flames and reports
    and in the morning the shells will wash up on the shore
    and the mighty of earth will have no other recourse
    but to shiver and shake and make shit in their shorts
    because we have been told "men if you've been assured
    there's a way to live the values yr forefathers gave you
    prepare to be told "that shits gay dude", but i guess that what they say is true
    and there is no race more human, no one throws it away like they do

    the things i used to love i have come to reject
    the things i used to hate i have learned to accept
    and the worst of the three you now have to expect
    satan ain't hard to see you without craning your neck
    he'll be seventy-some inches tall
    he'll be chugging a beer and he'll be grabbing his balls
    he's a remote explosive waiting for someone to call
    he's just eighteen for now but hes going to murder us all

    solidarity's gonna give a little less than it'll take
    is there a girl at this college who hasn't been raped?
    is there a boy in this town that's not exploding with hate?
    is there a human alive ain't looked themselves in the face without winking or saying what they mean without drinking, who will believe in something without thinking what if somebody doesn't approve?
    is there a soul on this earth that isn't too frightened to prove?

    i think of all the people who got a hold of yr brain when it was nothing but a piece of puddy
    though try as you may but you will always be a tourist (oh buddy)
    and half the time i open my mouth to speak it's to repeat something that i've heard on tv and i've destroyed everything that wouldn't make me more like bruce springsteen
    so i'm going back to new jersey i do believe they've had enough of me

    so when i leave boston my tail is between my legs
    after deep cuts of patience and drunk to the drags?? (don't know this line)
    and now i'm heading west on 84 again
    and i'm as much of an asshole as i've ever been
    and there is still nothing about myself i respect
    still haven't done anything i did not later regret
    my hand and a napkin when i'm looking for sex
    and that's no one to talk to when feeling depressed
    and so now when i drink i'm going to drink to excess
    and when i smoke i will smoke gaping holes in my chest
    and when i scream i will scream until i'm gasping for breath
    and when i get sick i will stay sick for the rest of my
    days peddling hate at the back of a chevy express
    each one will fall in the face of yr idea of success
    and if this be thy will then fuckin' pass me the cup
    and i'm sorry dad, no i'm not making this up!

    but my enemy has yr name on my lips
    as i go to sleep and i know what little i've known of peace
    yes, i've done to you what you've done to me
    and i'd be nothing without you my darling, please don't ever leave.
    please don't ever leave
    whitestrpsrockon February 04, 2010   Link

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