chickenshit conformist lyrics – dead kennedys

“chickensh*t conformist”

punk’s not dead
it just deserves to die
when it becomes another stale cartoon

a close-minded, self-centered social club
ideas don’t matter
it’s who you know

if the music’s gotten boring
it’s because of the people who want everyone to sound the same
who drive the bright people out of our so-called scene
till all that’s left is a meaningless fad

hardcore formulas are dogsh*t
change and caring are what’s real
is this a state of mind
or just another label

the joy and hope of an alternative
have become its own clichã©
a hairstyle’s not a lifestyle
imagine sid vicious at 35

who needs a scene
scared to love and to feel
judging everything
by loud fast rules appeal

who played last night?
“i don’t know, i forgot.
but diving off the stage was a lot of fun.”

so eager to please
peer pressure decrees
so eager to please
peer pressure decrees
make the same old mistakes
again and again,
chickensh*t conformist
like your parents

what’s ripped us apart even more than drugs
are the thieves and the godd*mn liars
ripping people off when they share their stuff
when someone falls are there any friends?

harder core than thou for a year or two
then it’s time to get a real job
others stay home; it’s no fun to go out
when the gigs are wrecked by gangs and thugs

when the thugs form bands, look who gets record deals
from new york metal labels looking to scam
who sign the most racist queer-bashing bands they can find
to make a buck revving kids up for war

walk tall, act small
only as tough as gang approval
unity is bullsh*t
when it’s under someone’s fat boot

where’s the common cause
too many factions
safely sulk in their sh*lls
agree with us on everything
or we won’t help with anything
that kind of att*tude
just makes a split grow wider

guess who’s laughing while the world explodes
when we’re all crybabies
who fight best among ourselves


that farty old rock and roll att*tude’s back
“it’s compet*tion, man, we wanna break big.”
who needs friends when the money’s good
that’s right, the ’70s are back.

c*ck-rock metal’s like a bad laxative
it just don’t move me, ya know?
the music’s ok when there’s more ideas than solos
do we rally need the att*tude too?

shedding thin skin too quickly
as a fan it disappoints me
same old stupid s*xist lyrics
or is satan all you can think of?

crossover is just another word
for lack of ideas
maybe what we need
are more trolls under the bridge

will the metalheads finally learn something-
or will the punks throw away their education?

no one’s ever the best
once they believe their own press
“maturing” don’t mean rehashing
mistakes of the past


the more things change
the more they stay the same
we can’t grow
when we won’t criticize ourselves

the ’60s weren’t all failure
it’s the ’70s that stunk
as the clock ticks we dig the same hole

music scenes ain’t real life
they won’t get rid of the bomb
won’t eliminate rape
or bring down the banks

any kind of real change
takes more time and work
than changing channels on a tv set


/ dead kennedys lyrics