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Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia Lyrics 9 years ago
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to understand the meaning of the song, you have to understand some of the history of punk and the cultural environment that surrounded the dead kennedys.

Punk was a reaction against the spaced-out hippie culture that was rampant in middle to upper-class youth and college students during the 60s and (somewhat) 70s. Bored from their spoiled lives, they saw less fortunate life styles, such as those in ghettos and third-world countries, as more real and "soulful." The movement promoted "living as one" and "getting things done" by rallying against american authority. Though the hippie movement brought some good (women's rights, civil rights), the movement also encouraged unrealistic escapism and utopianism. DK came from San Francisco, the epicenter of the hippie movement.

Specifically, this song was a brilliantly-written reaction against the ignorance of first-world youth who think they know everything. Jello tells the ignorant, spoiled youth to move to communist cambodia to "live as one" (only to loose their individual identity and freedom of speech) and "get things done" (by living on a bowl of rice and slaving in the killing fields) in order to bring their romanticized outlook on the world back to reality. What these 60s hippies needed is some re-education back into reality.

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Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia Lyrics 9 years ago
to understand the meaning of the song, you have to understand some of the history of punk and the cultural environment that surrounded the dead kennedys.

Punk was a reaction against the spaced-out hippie culture that was rampant in middle to upper-class youth and college students during the 60s and (somewhat) 70s. Bored from their spoiled lives, they saw less fortunate life styles, such as those in ghettos and third-world countries, as more real and "soulful." The movement promoted "living as one" and "getting things done" by rallying against american authority. Though the hippie movement brought some good (women's rights, civil rights), the movement also encouraged unrealistic escapism and utopianism. DK came from San Francisco, the epicenter of the hippie movement.

Specifically, this song was a brilliantly-written reaction against the ignorance of first-world youth who think they know everything. Jello tells the ignorant, spoiled youth to move to communist cambodia to "live as one" (only to loose their individual identity and freedom of speech) and "get things done" (by living on a bowl of rice and slaving in the killing fields) in order to bring their romanticized outlook on the world back to reality. What these 60s hippies needed is some re-education back into reality.

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Ramones – 53rd & 3rd Lyrics 10 years ago
Yes, this song is about Dee Dee's experience as a male hooker and its prominence during the early years of punk. 53rd and 3rd was a prominent male hooker corner in NYC during the 70s. Read the book "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" by Legs McNeil. There's a chapter entitled "53rd and 3rd"

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Jack Johnson – Taylor Lyrics 13 years ago
btw that's part of the reason Jack mentions 2000 miles in another song in the album, "Tomorrow Morning," saying he's gonna be in hawaii (home) by then.

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Jack Johnson – Taylor Lyrics 13 years ago
I think the rest of you are right about the prostitution thing. About the "2000 miles" part: Jack Johnson went to college at UCSB, and hawaii is a little over 2000 miles from california. The characters in this song are dreaming of a peacful, tropical life in hawaii (where Jack grew up) far away from the turmoil of the city streets.

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