Friday night we'll be drinkin' Manaschevitz
Going out to terrorize Goyem
Stompin' Shagitz, screwin' shicksas
As long as we're home by Saturday morning

'Cause hey! We're the brews
Sporting anti-swastika tattoos
Oi oi, we're the boys
Orthodox hassidic O.G. Ois

Orthopedic doctor martens good for
Waffle making, kicking through the shins
Reputation gained through intimidation
Pacifism no longer tradition

Cause hey we're the Brews
Sportin' anti swastika tattoos
Oi Oi we're the Brews
The fairfax ghetto boys skinhead Hebrews

We've got the might, psycho mashuganas
We can't lose a fight as we are the chosen ones
Chutzpah driven, we battle then we feast
We celebrate and separate our milk plates from our meat


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    General CommentSince rossx (no offense) was too lazy, I'll spell out all the sayings and puns for you.

    Firstly, they are [mostly] all in Yiddish (the bastard child of Hebrew, German, Polish, Russian, and any other language out there).

    Here we go:

    Friday night: the beginning of the Sabbath
    Manashevitz: a [relatively] inexpensive wine that Jews stereotypically drink on the Sabbath
    Goyim: Non-Jews (it's fairly derogatory)
    Oi: While it has been previously used in other alt-rock type songs, it's a pun for the yiddish word "Oy", meaning something along the line of "geez!"
    Shagitz: Young, male non-Jews
    Shicksas: Young, non-married women (usually non-Jews)
    The 'Brews: (duh... the Hebrews...)
    Anti-Swatstika Tatoos: It's kinda funny... You obviously know what a swatstika is, but further in the song, they refer to themselves as orthodox, and in orthodox Judaism, tatoos are strictly forbidden)
    Orthodox, Hessidic: Two of the more observant sects of Judaism
    Fairfax: A part of L.A. full of Jews and Jewish stores
    Mashuganas: Crazy people, having a screw loose
    "The Chosen Ones": A nickname for the Jews, as told in the bible
    Chutspah: This word defies translation into english, but the closest is "having the balls to do something"
    Separate our milkplates from our meat: According to the laws of Kashrut (aka Kosher), Jews cannot consume milk and meat products together

    The only thing I don't know is "O.G." If you can help me out here, that would be great...
    ibpunk03on June 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDayenoo means- 'it was sufficient" Does anyone get the O.G reference?
    PitytheAntagoniston June 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"[This is what some of the Jewish terms mean:]
    [Manashevitz = Cheap wine Jews stereotypically drink; Goyem = Non-Jewish people; Shagitz = Preppies; Mashuganas = Yiddish for "Crazy"; Chutspah = Untranslatable Yiddish term meaning a cross between balls and rudeness; "Sporting anti-swastika tattoos" - It's against the Jewish law to get a tattoo; "As long as we're home by Saturday morning" - Jews gotta be home in time for Synagogue; Fairfax = A part of LA where the Orthodox Jews live; "Dai Dayenu" = Part of Jewish Hymn; Shicksa = Yiddish word for referring to a non-Jewish female;]"

    - plyrics.com/lyrics/nofx/…

    I think OG means original gangster in some cases but I'm not sure if that's what they mean here.
    Father Timeon July 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Oi" = Punk
    "Oy" = Jewish
    Well played nofx, that one took me a while xD
    killerpunkmathon October 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed... In my opinion Punk in Drublic is NOFX's bestest cd which means its really good :p and yeah it does go by to fast but so does every other good punk cd actually every other cd
    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon January 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpunk in drublic is nofxs best album and features the "perfect" punk song..........perfect goverment!man i love that song!!!!!
    louisrolfeon January 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's right!! all song in this album make me spirit up when i'm down, by the way ' LORI MYERs' i love this song too..oi oi oi !!
    xenogenesison March 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRancid covers The Brews on the Rancid/NOFX BYO split. It sounds very different but it still kicks ass!
    loser dudeon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthus song is awesome very adictive and hard to not want to listen to.
    ugpunk84on April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yeah... this song is about a jewish street.... as you can see there are many jewish words used in the song.... fat mike is jewish himself... and yes... OI OI OI is it possible to come up with a better statement then that? nope... OI OI OI!!!!
    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon April 30, 2002   Link

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