"Americana" as written by and Luis Perez Juanito Oliva....
Well i'd like to tell you all about my dream, it's a place
Where strip malls abound and diversion's mere moments away

Where culture's defined by the
Ones least refined
And you'll be left behind
If you don't fit in
It's all distorted
In americana my way

Well my dream has come true
My vision has come true

Now give me my cable, fast food, four-by's, tat's right away
I want it right now cause my generation don't like to wait

My future's determined by
Thieves, thugs, and vermin
It's quite an excursion
But it's okay
Everything's backwards
In americana my way

Well my dream has come true
My vision has come true

I'm a product
Of my environment
So don't blame me, i just work here

My rights are denied by
Those least qualified
Trading profit for pride
But it's okay
Everything's backwards
In americana my way

My nightmare has come true
My nightmare has come true
Yeah, it's all coming true


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"Americana" as written by Juanito Oliva Jorge Struz

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    My InterpretationFirst of all - Four-bys is an abbreviation for Four-by-fours or more commonly 4x4s - meaning 4-wheel drive trucks and SUVs that all American consumers seem to value (because of all the muddy roads and mountains we traverse on our way to Target) over fuel efficient blah blah liberal stuff.

    I agree it's about consumerism and not capitalism per se, and it's very important to recognize the lyric after "don't blame me, I just work here- but I wanna fuck (it up, it all, or some other subdued anarchistic line that's hard to discern over the guitar). Even the people that know they *should* rage against the machine (ha) still don't. Why? That's the beauty of the Americana. You have to be "radical" to speak out or better yet, act out against it. It's Heidegger's classic They-Self mentality that binds us to our consumer ways. It's scary to act in an authentic way, and the liberation of it can only be felt once it's achieved.

    Also, this song is NOT about kids. It's about everyone. Most kids can't afford the materialistic things Dexter's singing about - their parents can, and by buying those things for their kids only perpetuate the idea - Buy, buy, buy.
    erichthinkson August 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell it's pretty flat out, The Offspring likes to make their point clear. It's yet another song song talking about conformity, but this time it throws in a bit of politics. The whole song is bashing the US' tyrannical system, and stating that the youth is oblivious to what is going on in their world. They just live for the 'cable, fastfood, etc'...
    RaVEon January 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood review RaVE, i finally saw what the meaning of this song is. My own opinion is too sad to tell it, so i dont want to write so you guys can laugh at me! :)
    foreignmanon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah ... good opinion ... it's with 'em I've discovered the lie that was the USA ... (i'm from France) Thanx offspring
    dexterstrifeon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother excellent Offspring satire! Gotta love it! ^_^
    Linogeon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor the most part, I agree with RaVe (it's a pretty self-explanatory song), but I'd like to emphasize that the song's attitude toward American youth is a little more critical than just saying they're oblivious. It's really more like they're part of the problem, especially in the lines:
    I'm a product
    Of my environment
    So don't blame me, I just work here
    ...so they're saying firstly that this is a vicious circle (I'm a product of my environment, so as an American youth my identity is determined by America's shitty system), and secondly that not only are America's youth oblivious, they don't care ("I just work here") and they're quick to point the finger at someone else ("I'm a product of my environment, so don't blame me").
    FearAndLoathingon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about consumer culture.
    IanoDublinon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok your people are pretty stupid... your all praising the song when the lyric is missing almost half the friggin song!!!! its pathetic! the dude who submitted this lyric is an idiot
    anarchymeansIlitteron June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey anarchymeansIlitter, you ever considered that these people know that? maybe they heard the song, and already know the lyrics! what a concept! anyway, i agree with fearandloathing. it really is pointing out the faults of the american system. read Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. a great book about the same topic.
    onemorebrokenhearton July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song... especially
    everything's backwards in americana my way.... WELL FUCK YOU!
    BlasphemousGirlScouton August 25, 2002   Link

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