"1%" as written by Perry Farrell, David Michael Navarro, Stephen Andrew Perkins and Eric Adam Avery....
All the people I know want to be left alone
Some people!
I don't know?
They want to leave you alone
You gotta be just, be just like them
Biggest gang I know they call the government
Gang is a weapon
That you trade your mind in for
You gotta be just, be just like them
The gang
And the government
No different
The gang
And the government
No different
The gang
And the government
No different
That makes me
1%
That makes me
1%
Trouble comes down
Like a foot steppin heavy
Shake your fist
At the bitch
Or wave your money
You gotta be right
You gotta be right
Don't be no
Supper for a big fish
With the big lip
And the over -
Bite, bite

You gotta bite
Bite, bite, bite, da bita
Bite, bite, ba da da bita
Bite, bite, bite, bite
Bite, bite, bite, bite
All the people I know want to be left alone
Some people!
I don't know?
They want to leave you alone!
You gotta be just, be just like them
The gang
And the government
No different
The gang
And the government
No different
The gang
And the government
No different
That makes me
1%
That makes me
1%
That makes me
1%
That makes me
1%


Lyrics submitted by gabby marie

"1%" as written by Eric Adam Avery David Michael Navarro

Lyrics © STARTLING MUSIC LTD C/O BRUCE V. GRAKAL , Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentI think Perry is talking about how to be part of a political or social group, you have to trade off your individuality and let others hold you down, and he is saying that, that is too big of a price to pay as far as he is concerned.
    quiffpornon May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJanes addiction is awesome
    .:perfect:.on October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbiggest gang i know they call the government
    gang is a weapon
    that you trade your mind in for
    you gotta be just - be just like them
    the gang
    and the government
    no different

    That is such a good lyric!
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like disdain for the government and their two-faced ways.
    apolloDomainon January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's also saying that since the government is the biggest gang of all and since there are all sorts of "gangs"(social groups, political parties, even actual gangs) the world over, and since he doesn't seem(in the song, at least) to belong to or care about any of them, then he(and others like him) make us less than 1% of the world(because the world is mostly or seems to be most about groups).
    silverbaalon December 21, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI don't know if it's relevant to the song, but 1% is also term used by the Hell's Angels. They consider themselves to be the 1% that have rejected society's values and are doing their own thing. I think this is Perry's way of embracing that concept of individuality
    sydbarrett5on June 29, 2009   Link

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