You say I waste my life away, but I live it to the full
And how would you know anyway, you're just mister dull
Why don't you get into the things we do today
You could lose twenty years right away, so we say

We don't need, no, no no no parental guidance here

Every day you scream at me to turn the music low
Well if you keep on screaming, you'll make me deaf you know
You always chew me out, because I stay out late
Until your three-piece suit comes back in date, get one thing straight

There's no communication
I'm tired of explanation
Is this message getting through
You went through the same thing too
Don't you remember what it's like to lose control
Put on my jacket - for you get too old
Let's rock n' roll

Lyrics submitted by Idan

Parental Guidance Lyrics as written by Kenneth Downing Glenn Raymond Tipton

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    General CommentThis song was written in direct response to the "Washington wives", ie Tipper Gore and her cronies trying to get metal banned, but having to settle for getting Parental Guidance stickers on the albums instead.
    Rob is saying we dont need no Parental guidance, as in, we are smarter than you and you have no right to criticise us, you think you are better than us because of who you are, where you live and how you dress, but rockers judge people differently and dont need some asshole politicians old frigid wife with her knickers in a twist telling us whats good for us so fuck off!, but the priest do it in style by laughing off their demands rather than giving them another excuse to attack.
    Hence continuing to be the true "Defenders of the faith"
    Reub the rockeron April 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo die my bride and Dreamer Deceiver:

    Judas Priest didn't think like they were still teenagers when they wrote the song, they wrote it because their crowd, at the time, were teenagers and it gave them something to relate to.
    samwaltonon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my god, i cant believe that anyone hasnt written anything yet!! this song kicks ass! the video on scuzz rulez as well..... ahhh, rob halford- such a god!
    wiggles_666on June 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree wiggles! This song is about parents getting on your nerves and not understanding the way you think and what you do! One thing i don't understand is that Rob wrote this song when he was in his 20's so it doesn't really make sense unless he was still living with his parents!
    die my brideon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know it's got nothing to do with what the song actually means but it has a personal meaning to me. Everytime i hear it, i think of my mate wiggles 666 coz she gets so excited when it comes on! When i hear parental guidance it makes me smile coz i think of her! Luv ya wiggles!
    die my brideon June 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaww, thanx moomin! i wuv u so much! hehe! rob halford and k.k rule!
    wiggles_666on June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA great anthem, and proof that Priest still thought like teenagers when they were in their late 30s (As this is from 1986)!
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. This is much better than any of the so-called "Teen Angst" songs of today. Just the real issues of the day...loud music. being lazy, etc. Very underated songwritters.
    hellfirecanon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the line at the end of the song "One life and I'm gonna live it up" is a direct reference to their other song "You've got another thing coming".
    samwaltonon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is from Turbo isn't it? The one Priest album with Halford that I haven't listened to (I say with Halford because I'm not even gonna bother listening to Ripper Owens). Anyways, I like the lyrics to this song because they're so juvenile. It really is like they're 30 year-old teenagers.
    havana4saleon August 06, 2008   Link

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