Took the 60 bus out of downtown Cambell Ben Zandito
He was on there he was waitin' for me
All the punk rockers and the moon stompers
Are out on the corners where
They sparing for change

I started thinking, you know I started drinking
I don't remember too much of that day
Something struck me funny when we ran out of money
Where do you go now when you're only fifteen?

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me
And it goes

Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo

The radio was playing, Desmond Dekker was singing
On the 43 bus as we climbed up the hill
Nothing incoming but the reggae drumming
And we all come from unloving homes, I said

Why even bother and pick up the bottle
Mr. Bus Driver please let these people on
Rude girl Carol was a mini-skirt girl
My blurry vision saw nothin' wrong

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me
And it goes

Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo
On my stereo

Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Took the 60 bus out of downtown Campbell Ben Zanotto
He was on there, he was waiting for me
All the punk rockers and the moon stompers
Are out on the corners where they're sparing for change

And the radio was playing, Desmond Dekker was singing
On the 43 bus as we climbed up the hill
Rude girl Carol was a mini-skirt girl
My blurry vision saw nothing wrong

With the music execution and the talk of revolution
It bleeds in me
And it goes

Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo

Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals
Give 'em the boot, you know I'm a radical
Give 'em the boot, the roots, the reggae on my stereo


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Roots Radicals Lyrics as written by Roger M. Freeman Lars Frederiksen

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  • +3
    Song Meaning

    this song is about busses. simple as that, busses. not goverment, or math terms, busses.

    when they were younger, they didn't have cars, so they took busses everywhere. when they ran out of money, they had to spare for change on the corners. the busses played reggae music, hence desmond dekker singing.

    and if you don't believe me, watch the Give 'Em the Boot DVD.

    rootsradicals04on July 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Great song.... ...AND OUT COME THE WOLVES is the single best cd ever.... every song on it is fucking awesome... you cant consider yourself punk until u have this cd!!!

    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon February 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is actually about Lars' best friend as a kid, Ben Zanatto who has passed on. The song tells of the teenage memories he had of him.

    Rancidpunxon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Roots Radical is a Jimmy Cliff song. It's totally different from this one, but it may very well have inspired this one, since RAncid does a cover of "the Harder They Come" which is also by Jimmy Cliff

    pogue mahoneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Just a really catchy song about average life on the city bus. Great song.

    chickendrumson June 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    My fucking favorite song. I love the bass, even though it's not one of Matt's more extraordinary/amazing ones. It's Ben Zanotto, which was a kid in Lar's crew (The Skunx) that he ran around with. His best friend I believe. They hung out and got drunk and stuff. Just about the times then and what he did.

    cobalt26on October 11, 2006   Link
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    Song Meaning

    This song is about the times spent with Ben Zanotto rolling around on the bus where reggae was usually playing. When they played newer reggae stuff on the bus they were saying "hey this crap sucks compared to the real guys like Desmond Decker". Also they liked the Mighty Diamonds, Dandy Livingstone, up through to Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, the Ethiopians and so on. Give em the "Roots", give the newer reggae and dub the "boot".

    This song is about the roots of reggae, which of course were ska, and thats why Desmond Dekker is referred to because he is the father of ska music. And, by using the C F G chord progression as the basis for the song structure, they are paying further tribute to the ska movement of the early 60's.

    Almost every ska song by every ska artist in Jamaica at the time had this same basic chord progression, I IV V or I IV V IV, or any combination of the I IV V progression. Although Rancid throw a little twist with the Bb chord, but basically every ska song was either CFG, GCD, ADE or EAB. It wasn't until rock steady that minor chords were slightly used and then with reggae, the minor chord became more common. Modern reggae and modern dub rarely use the I IV V progression, and that is why this song is expressing the fact that "hey the early stuff is the reall stuff, the roots, the reggae".

    janeaparis1on October 02, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    Also the lyrics are wrong on this page

    Rancidpunxon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    lyrics are wrong... if I have time(aka- get off my lazy ass) I'll type them up and send them in or w/e u do to add songs... but it's a great song, and the CD is just kick ass rock... nofxjuggalogirgo is completely right- u HAVE to have this CD... I'm not exactly sure what this song is about, I don't feel it's about the gov. tho... if we look back to what was going on when they (rancid) were 15 (refer to song) we might get an idea what they r talking about, but seeing how I wasn't even born when they were that young I have no clue... any ideas?

    theFrailtyofWrdson July 01, 2002   Link
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    Great jammin' song. It's about some of the good times he had.

    MetalKronicon July 06, 2002   Link

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