[Chorus:]
Drill sergeant I don't work for you
I'm not going to war (I'm not going to war)
I'm a cashier wielding books
I work at the Barnes & Noble store (Barnes & Noble store!)
You must think I'm Orson Welles and this is 1954
You understand Liberty until
Someone speaks for yours (someone speaks for yours)

Shame on you
Singing serve your country while I'm young
Shame on you
Mixing my mind up, handling guns
Bye bye mom and dad and all
Just in case there is failure
I could be blaming you
But I got something tell ya

[Chorus:]

Aim on your
Level their buildings, destroy their soil
Aim on you
Did you finally figure where to run that oil, fuck it
Why cry if man should die?
When there's probable failure or
I could just aim on you
But I got something to tell ya

[Chorus:]

[Bridge - repeat 5x]
Maybe there's another way
That we can bond, bond, bond, bond, bond, bond, bond, bond

[Chorus:]

I'm not going to war...


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Drill Sergeant Lyrics as written by Pharrell Williams Chad Hugo

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    General CommentAnti-War
    poll3000on January 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlove n.e.r.d.'s latest album to death. Their sound is so rocking and filled with funk. BUT I can't help but notice they screwed up the orson welles reference. He wrote 1984 rather than "1954". Unless I'm missing something, this is embarassing. But yo, they're still f-f-fresssh.
    scubaballeron February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was confused about that "1954" part too. It has to be intentional because otherwise Pharell is a dumbass.
    YassssssNopeon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentExcept George Orwell wrote "1984". This must be a completely different reference.
    carlosthedwarfon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are a bit wrong......

    [Chorus]
    Drill Sergeant i got a word for you,
    Im not goin to war (Im not goin to war)
    Imma cash in good with books,
    And work at the Barnes and Nobel Store(Barnes and Nobel Store)
    You must think you're Orson Wells
    And this is 1954
    You don't understand liberty until
    Someone speaks for yours (Someone speaks for yours)

    Shame on you
    Say to serve your country while im young
    Shame on you
    Mixing my mind up handing me guns
    Bye Bye mom and dad and all
    Just in case theres failure
    I could be blamin you
    But ive got something to tell ya

    [Chorus]

    Aim on you
    Level there buildings destroy there soil
    Aim on you
    Did you finally figure where to run that oil?
    Fuck it Why cry if a man should die, when there's probable failure?
    Or I could just aim at you
    But Ive got something to tell ya...

    [Chorus]

    Maybe there's another way
    That we can baa baa baa baa, baa baa baa baaa [4x]

    [Chorus]

    Oooh, I'm not going to war, i'm not going to [4x]
    Hey!
    xtrabiotoxinon August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGeorge Orwell wrote "1984".

    Orson Welles was in the movie industry.
    biggierobbinson May 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts 1954...I understand the reference. The French left Vietnam and the Viet Minh took over the North Vietnam. Even though the US didnt enter war until later this is basically began sending support to the South Vietnamese
    deshun1987on July 12, 2008   Link

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