Well, it was punk-fifteen in the morning
And it was time
To stand my ground
And as the gawks and stares bombarded me
You know, I didn't even
Hear a sound
No one gave a damn
If I was there or away
If I died and went to hell,
They'd throw a party on my grave
And they'd all say,
"This kid is just a fool, he'll never be cool,
They might as well just ship him off
To some other school"
Plain destitute
Just a little too guilty, just a little too soon
That day was just like any other day
No work, and no pay
I knew that paradise was some other place
And I'd get there another day
I will find it before I expire
Cause I've got the desire
Well, it was punk-fifteen in the evening
And it was time to set the town on fire
I saw my boots and my hair,
As reflected in the mirror,
Reveal a street kid named desire
I didn't give a damn
Because I was just dying to be
And as the Hollywood street scene
Left its mark on me
I changed from a boy into a man
I said "never again!"
I stuck out my chin when I should have ran
Shit in the fan
I was driven so hard
By the sound of my heart
When the walls surround
In deeper shades of blue
And there's no voice of reason inside you
And you search for meaning
On an empty shelf
Then you're always dreaming
Of somewhere else
Today is just like any other day
No fear, no restraint
I know that paradise is some other place
And I will get there another day
You can come with me,
No conditions or fares
Somehow, somewhere,
I will find it before I expire,
Cause I've got the desire


Lyrics submitted by Kpizzle, edited by Mellow_Harsher

A Streetkid Named Desire Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +1
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    Well I love this song, guess it's cuz i can kinda relate to it... But well, it's a great song... Bad Religion is great :P

    SongMeaningson April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    I think you all should assert a better interpretation of this song. I'm not trying to be an asshole, but the song clearly is an autobiography, but it's MUCH more than that. It's about not being accepted as a kid by your peers, feeling like society gives you nothing for what you do in the world, and about being an individual and just wanting to get through adolescence without being at your wit's end. Greg's outlet for this was quite obviously punk rock.

    nofxpunk123on February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    to me, this song says alot about the constant desire to keep moving forward and setting new goals. The song follows a timeline but "like any other day" he's saying this desire is not going anywhere. "find it before I expire" seems like a mantra to keep pursuing your goals or aspirations. When you reach a milestone, you move onto your next desire.

    CharlieChumplinon September 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
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    Graffin is basically writing a auto-biography through this song.

    DonGromon January 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    this movie is so funny because Marlon Brando makes everything in those times look so funny!! haha enjoy its a streetcar named desire such a funny movie!

    bornonaugust10thon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    based after the movie a streetcar named desire quite a funny movie if you actually the story behind but non the less funny when the other secondary character gets drug away to a nut farm peace!

    bornonaugust10thon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    an autobiography? that's cool i never looked at it like that.

    argugon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    This song is great, about Greg back when he was a young punk kid. I love this one, it is one of my favorites.

    Madcappunkon March 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    one of my absolute favorite BR songs. its weerd, the lyrics remind me in a way of "This Is The Best Day Ever" by My Chemical Romance. Im pretty sure those lyrics are on songmeanings.net, and if they arent their on plyrics.com. Their both kinda like "someday we weill get out, we want to get out" that kinda thing... whatever

    ExCxFxU 878on April 02, 2003   Link
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    wow nice song and a great movie! ^_-

    punkrawk3on April 15, 2003   Link

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