"1998" as written by and Howard (pka) Howie Pryo/armstrong Kusten....
Due to a publisher block, we are not authorized to display these lyrics.


Lyrics submitted by Kpizzle

1998 song meanings
Add your thoughts

43 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentRead Dee Dee Ramone's autobiography, "Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones", and tell me this isn't about him.

    Dee Dee's father was an American soldier who met Dee Dee's mother in Germany. He was an alcoholic and, according to the book, a pretty mean mother fucker as this song says. Also Dee Dee lived in Whitestone and Queens. There's also an entire chapter in his book chronicling the summer he ran away as a teenager. Then in 1976, Dee Dee lived in the Lower East Side. By this time he was a total dope fiend, going out to cop heroin every day with his various junkie friends in New York. I think the lines "Is he coming over?/ Is he coming home?/ Oh momma's disappointed/ Waiting by the phone" is about his relationship with his mother, when he'd lived with her as a young adult and would come home in the morning from being out all night and they had crazy arguments. I think the last verse is about Dee Dee struggling to stay off methadone and dope at the end of his life.

    As for the chorus it's just talking about him hanging out with Sid Vicious and "a kid" in New York, not sure who "a kid" is, perhaps Sid's infamous girlfriend Nancy Spungen, because in his book Dee Dee mentions several times how Nancy was younger than all the other addicts living in New York and was kind of annoying. Or maybe it's a reference to Dee Dee himself, cuz he was notoriously childish...

    Also I doubt this is about Sid Vicous' life because he was living in England in 1974 and 1976.
    gabbagabbaheygirlon March 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song kix ass, Rancid is the best band :P
    SongMeaningson April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a bad ass song!! how could you not like it? rancid really gets you pumped up!
    saves_the_day_girlon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great song. such a great band. f*** people who didn't like life wont wait.
    lobstergirlon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLife won't wait is a GREAT album, and this is a great fuckin' kickass song!!!!!!
    DXTRon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome! RaNcId rawks!
    startinglinechikon May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, i hear that this song i sgood, and i agree, but does anyone know what the song actually means
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, i hear that this song i sgood, and i agree, but does anyone know what the song actually means
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnevermind, I KNOW MY OWN VERSION!
    foreignmanon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuck my balls mr garrison
    INyearsTOcomeon May 24, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain