"Anthem For The Y2k" as written by and Daniel Johns....
We are the youth, we'll take your fascism away
We are the youth, apologize for another day
We are the youth and politicians are so sure
We are the youth and we are knocking on death's door

Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so sure
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so small
Never knew we were living in a world and the world is an open court
Maybe we don't want to live in a world where our innocence is so short

We'll make it up to you in the year 2000 with

Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so sure
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so small
Never knew we were living in a world and the world is an open court
Maybe we don't want to live in a world where our innocence is so short

We'll make it up for you in the year 2000
Build it up for you in the year 2000
Make it up to you in the year 2000
Build it up for you in the year 2000 with you

Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so sure
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so small
Never knew we were living in a world and the world is an open court
Maybe we don't want to live in a world where our innocence is so short

We'll make it up to you in the year 2000
Build it up for you in the year 2000
Make it hard for you in the year 2000
Build it up for you in the year 2000

Make it hard for you in the year 2000
Build it up for you in the year 2000 with you


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"Anthem for the Year 2000" as written by Daniel Johns

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  • +2
    My OpinionEven though y2k has come and gone, this song still has so much meaning to the way teenagers view their life, their problems and their responses. Everything is in the positive tense - "/We'll/ make it up to you in the year 2000..." meaning (to me) that teens will deal with their problems with 'society' in the future. "2000" is used because back then we all viewed the new millennium as a time for new /everything/. Daniel uses "2000" symbolically to represent a new time when things will be different. Every generation of teenager has had a rebellion against their elders, hence the way that societies have evolved over time. The younger generation has rebuked the way the older generation has done things, and once they are the older generation, they change things - especially in the last century or so.
    So therefore, I do not think that this song is redundant or loses any meaning nine years on.
    blaizon November 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsilverchair were a great band. we probably wont see them again though aye....
    Raw134on October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think since we teenagers are starting out in a world that already hates us that we are giving up too easily in the face of adversity. Strive for the thing you are going for and never give up. Don't settle for the bare minimum, and never give up hope. It is the only thing we have left.
    Listen and Feel.
    mo0stahon January 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, I think that we are living in a world that is to blind to accept differences. Teenagers like me are giving up in the face of adversity.
    the Edgeon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've only listened to it a couple of times, the video is great, though the song title kinds of limit it from being played after the year 2000, lol
    spacepurinon May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya but its not to be taking literally, the year 2000 he means the new era has begun. The era where the teens that everyone stereotypes and knocks down (like me) are goina run the place and its goina be a lot better when we're runing it than the idiots who run society nowadays
    sic n twistedon May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell its a good song with a good tune by a good band...
    munch_49337on May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIS it just me or are protest songs getting a little old and stretching for meanings.
    CouchpotatoHeroon May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the song is talking about how the teenagers of today are being repressed by older generations through untrue stereotypes. with the new century the younger generation will have the opportunity to pave a new way for themselves.
    linkin_parkon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was great before y2k. It sounded like the world will change and everything will be different; different for the worst. Now that it is over, and not much happened accept the usual corruption of government and the media, the song lost its special touch in my opinion. It's still an good song though.
    myownprison333on July 06, 2002   Link

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