they call it a scene I call it disaster
down here the kids grow up faster
scared they're scared to the bone
like a pack of wolves they don't run alone
one on one they won't look you in the eye
but when the pack's together there's a battle cry
I saw it fifteen on one
when the crowd dispersed the kid was done
no (no more)
no (bad town)
no more bad town
yeah down there you gotta have a label
just like a cattle in a stable
knee jerk reaction I call it violence
why speak out when you could be silenced
down there on the dance floor
too much violence I dont want more
down there out on the street
I can see the air I can see the heat

Lyrics submitted by emoJustin

Bad Town song meanings
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    General CommentA Great Ska Song About How Some People Grow Up
    Spade9on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI know it was written well beforehand, but this song describes NJ hardcore kids perfectly. They beat the crap out of anyone who doesn't have the "label". As for the original intent, yeah, life sucks in a lot of places. I was fortunate enough to move out of one. Op Ivy was such a great band. It's a shame Rancid can't be even half the band Op Ivy was
    soothsayeron August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree with the rancid shit lol!
    Skankinrudegirl101on September 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentactually rancid kix ass, but so does operation ivy.
    foreignmanon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrancid is more than half the band op ivy was. but they're still not as good as and never will be as good as op ivy.
    Mumia_is_inocenton March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI live in Berkeley Ca where Op Ivy is from.
    I think this song was written about the sheep we refer to as punk kids who all hang out at a local club called 924 Gilman, where they started playing.
    NgohOiNeion April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is generally about the scene. The scene anywhere. The fact we have a scene is rediculous. I myself have a big mohawk and many tattoos and such, but you have to realize, it's not on the way you look or dress, but the way you think and act. So what if a kid's wearin' gap. I personally don't buy from gap, but nearly EVERY place you go is going to be stocked from a sweat shop. Take five seconds to get to know someone and realize violence isn't the answer. Big words are much better weapons.
    comejoinuson April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the horns on this song. Operation Ivy rules, but sorry guys, I'd have to say Rancid is better.
    catliketheifon June 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcatliketheif, Are you sure you haven't reversed the bands?... I'm being serious.
    TakeWarning0on March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThose crazy scenesters. They give themselves the label of their new trend. They're too afraid to be independant, think for themselves " like a pack of wolves they don't run alone".

    I don't go around saying I'm a punk rocker, rude boy, moon stomper or nothing, I love the music and some of the styles. All that matters is if you think that way, feel that way, and believe in that style.
    Skunkindanon January 10, 2006   Link

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