Everything I ever need to know
I learned at the punk rock show
The punks should know

How to throw an elbow or a fist
A spinning world of hit and miss
A violent kiss of that and this

But hold on
Hold on
I'll never be quite punk enough
Hold on
Hold on
I'll never be quite punk enough for you

Ever since I first learned how to spit
I wished I were a punk rock kid
A punk rock kid

I never really knew quite what to do
I'll never be as punk as you
As punk as you
As punk as you
And your tattoo, but

Hold on
Hold on
Punk is more than leather jackets
Hold on
Hold on
Punk is dead but pop was never cool

What are we gonna do?

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Good Night Punk song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is a bonus demo exclusive to the Nothing Is Sound CDs sold in Target stores.

    It's a slow piano song about, I think, the decline of punk music. I'm not much into punk, but from what I can tell, it ain't what it used to be.
    Stone Freeon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAs well as Jon's possible admiration of a certain punk band.
    Stone Freeon February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsomeone asked jon what this song meant. he said that its about the abolition of genres. so i guess it goes along with the whole we are one theme.
    ThisSettingSunon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand he's being a little sarcastic with
    "I'll never be as punk as you
    ...And your tattoo"
    Oh! Emilyon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti havent ever heard this song... i cant find it anywhere???
    but anyway the lyrics seem really funny. i love how switchfoot gets their message across. its so original and creative.
    yea the tatto line must be sarcastic but its so funny!
    iluvsfon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was watching an interview with Jon and at a point he was talking about how all the musicians in his high school were punk, and he always felt he was never really punk enough, and I couldn't help but thing about this song. So maybe it has something to do with that. Then again I could be completely wrong.
    Black_Tabbyon October 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti like the whole "abolition of genres" thing. It just seems like switchfoot to be the ones to break the mold of the different genres of music and it so does go with the "we are one" theme
    pandapenguin10on February 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationJon did say it is about the "abolition of genres" which is evident in the fact that the song is about "Punk" and yet it is a piano ballad, the opposite of what you'd expect.
    Personally I think the song is talking about how punk rock and the whole rock 'n roll scene has become less of a type of music and has become more trendy and about the style and whatnot.
    "Punk is more than leather jackets"

    Then Jon goes on to note that the true spirit of punk rock has fallen into just fashion trends and now the ones who call themselves "punk" play pop music that was originally despised by the punk's
    "Hold on, punk is dead but pop was never cool"

    And of course the sarcastic line "I'll never be as punk as you and your tattoo."
    Obviously in sarcasm, and almost mocking whoever Jon is speaking to. Saying that just because the guy has a tattoo and looks punk, does not mean he is punk.

    I really love this song, such an underrated masterpiece.
    johnfooton September 12, 2010   Link

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