Too many problems, oh why am I here?
I need to be me, 'cause you're all too clear
And I can see there's something wrong with you
But what do you expect me to do?
At least I gotta know what I wanna be
Don't come to me if you need pity
Are you lonely? You got no one
You get your body in suspension
That's a problem, problem
Problem, the problem is you

Eat your heart out on a plastic tray
You don't do what you want
Then you'll fade away
You won't find me working nine to five
It's too much fun being alive
I'm using my feet for my human machine
You won't find me living for the screen
Are you lonely? All needs catered
You got your brains dehydrated

Problem, problem
Problem, the problem is you
What you gonna do?

Problem, problem

Problem, problem
Problem, the problem is you
What you gonna do with your problem?
The problem is you, problem

I ain't equipment, I ain't automatic
You won't find me just staying static
Don't you give me any order
For people like me, there is no order

Bet you thought you had it all worked out
Bet you thought you knew what I was about
Bet you thought you'd solved all your problems
But you are the problem

Problem, problem
Problem, the problem is you
What you gonna do with your problem?
I'll leave it to you
Problem, the problem is you
You got a problem
What you gonna do?

They know a doctor, gonna take you away
They'll take you away and throw away the key
They don't want you and they don't want me
You got a problem, the problem is you
Problem, what you gonna do?
Problem, I'll leave it back
I have a problem, oh you got a problem

Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem
Problem, problem, problem


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  • +5
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    Yeah well, just too bad they were never able to record any more music.

    Anyway, I think that lyrically this is the best song on Never Mind the Bollocks just because Rotten sums up in this one song, what his entire attitude was. From the title alone it's bound to be cynical, but it's NOT nihilistic because it also presents an individualistic perserverance (when he says "I'm using my feet for my human machine" and "You won't find me just staying static"), which unfortunately is lacking in most of the punk, metal and rap that followed, which only project negativity but not as much self-motivation which could've inspired more people to do something about their problems. No wonder so many kids were doing drugs and killing themselves.

    So in that sense, when put together with the slower tempos of the songs it makes the most influential punk band an anomoly in the genre whose attitudes they kick-started.

    Balleron October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    this song (as sad as it is) was the basis of my life for many years.... "what you gonna do?"

    JayZ03on April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    So you thought you had it all worked out, yeah? Your little job, your little family, your little respectability. Bullshit, what has it done to you? Nothing but unhappiness and death of the soul. Too much to swallow, too much to pretend. Time to throw it all away and live the way you really want.

    BrokenDickon February 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
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    Manufactured or not, the Sex Pistols were set loose to write the songs, and many of them were amazing. This is one of the best. What a hook!

    Problem? The problem is you. Whatcha gonna do?

    It's good advice too. Stop complaining, stop tryng to fit in, who wants to fit in anyway, yeah you're a bit off but that's why you're cool, every day jobs are boring, in the end you'll just go insane. Embrace being yourself, flaws and all. Look at me! I get paid to do this!

    This song will be in my head all day. There could be worse ear worms!

    stedbornon January 10, 2016   Link
  • 0
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    self help for the masses

    sdz896542on January 30, 2016   Link
  • -1
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    only two comments! huh?! this song is AMAZING!!! SEX PISTOLS RULE THE WORLD! Soon as I bought Never Mind The Bollocks they have been on my cd player ever since!!!!! They are soo much better than the scum like Good Charlotte etc call themselves punk!!! Sex pistols are the real shit man! the real punk!

    Whatsername1251on March 25, 2005   Link
  • -1
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    Yeah Sex pistols were real punk.... Manufactured by Malcolm McLaren from the get go... one of the 1st boy bands maybe?? lol.. Don't get me wrong, I love the pistols but I think Mclarens ulterior motives were the main reason they didnt have the longevity we all wanted them to have... Was Rotten punk? Fkn oath!... was Mclaren a manipulating, money driven user and abuser... Most definately! Were the pistols manufactured music... sadly yes. Just my opinion is all.

    Tricky1979on October 30, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Comment

    this song just rocks right from the start and johnny rotten signs his heart out. of all their songs this one means the most

    outtastepon May 19, 2004   Link
  • -2
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    Sex Pistols are the best band ever. period.

    prettyvacanton July 10, 2005   Link
  • -2
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    so whats this song about?

    Alyssa1224on April 13, 2007   Link

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