There's something wrong
With the kids in my neighborhood
They always listen to their moms
They disregard civil disobedience
They'd rather do what they're told
They don't drink or fuck or fight
They sit home, and read, expand their minds

There's something wrong with
The kinds in my cul-de-sac
Their always go to church
They dress well and they're
Speaking articulate
They show each other respect
They're never late, don't smoke or break rules
They eat right, study hard
And like school
There's something wrong
With the kids in my neighborhood

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    General CommentLike most NoFX songs, this makes a serious point with tongue jammed firmly in cheek. It's not so literal as Panathinaikos makes out, and it's not a specific attack on jock types. It seems to be more of a complaint about the growing number of kids identifying with the more conservative side of politics. Now, Fat Mike is a pretty serious liberal, and this no doubt bothers him. I guess the feeling is that kids should be acting like kids, not copies of their parents.

    Alternatively, the song might just be saying that there is someting strange about kids behaving the way the song describes. Not that he is saying there is anything wrong with it (in terms of a value judgment), just that it is unusual for kids to act that way.
    karma suturedon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentright......
    *Lechuza*on June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo true... the world is full of docile little irritating mall-punks these days...
    Kinda reminds me of the Dead Kennedy's "Chickenshit Conformist like your Parents"
    Nexus7on November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeing a kids all about doing dumb things so whoever doesnt act out is an idiot
    Logan55on February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPUNK 4 LIFE FUCK U Panathinaikos5
    Dippyon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPUNK 4 LIFE FUCK U Panathinaikos5
    Dippyon April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks Panathinakos, now whenever I think everything is great out there and that everyone is fine and normal, I think of your post. I just can't believe how stupid your point of view is, sorry but it is.

    One of the most stupid things I've read, and you actually put effort in it, and that scares me, that you actuall think that way. What are you doing in the NOFX section of this site, anyway??
    hariboon December 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is just cartoonish stuff, just for fun.
    javier138on March 21, 2012   Link
  • -3
    General CommentIf this song is meant to be taken literally, then I have to say it is one of the most ignorant songs I've ever heard. They're basically complaining about people being decent people and showing each other respect. Not everybody can be assholes like them. The world would be even worse than it is now if everyone was like these guys. And if it wasn't for those educated people that this song is dissing, these guys wouldn't be able to live the lifestyles that they are living now (if there were no smart people making new technology and the world a better place we'd be living in the Middle Ages and people like this wouldn't have the chance to live their sex, drugs, rock 'n roll lifestyle). These guys sound more like jocks than punks. That's what jocks do - diss anyone who is different than them even though if everyone was a dumbass like them we'd all be living in the Stone Ages and it's basically intelligent, hard-working people who give them the opportunity to piss all their teenage years on highschool sports and going around and abusing people and contributing nothing to society and still have a chance to live comfortably after they graduate. And jocks aren't just limited to highschools, they're fucking everywhere you go in society. All our world leaders are fucking jocks too that's why the world is full of wars and poverty.
    Panathinaikos5on March 16, 2006   Link

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