Dead Kennedys - Riot Lyrics




Rioting-the unbeatable high
Adrenalin shoots your nerves to the sky
Everyone knows this town is gonna blow
And it's all gonna blow right now:.

Now you can smash all the windows that you want
All you really need are some friends and a rock
Throwing a brick never felt so damn good
Smash more glass
Scream with a laugh
And wallow with the crowds
Watch them kicking peoples' ass

But you get to the place
Where the real slavedrivers live
It's walled off by the riot squad
Aiming guns right at your head
So you turn right around
And play right into their hands
And set your own neighbourhood
Burning to the ground instead

[Chorus]
Riot-the unbeatable high
Riot-shoots your nerves to the sky
Riot-playing into their hands
Tomorrow you're homeless
Tonight it's a blast

Get your kicks in quick
They're callin' the national guard
Now could be your only chance
To torch a police car

Climb the roof, kick the siren in
And jump and yelp for joy
Quickly-dive back in the crowd
Slip away, now don't get caught

Let's loot the spiffy hi-fi store
Grab as much as you can hold
Pray your full arms don't fall off
Here comes the owner with a gun

[Chorus]

The barricades spring up from nowhere
Cops in helmets line the lines
Shotguns prod into your bellies
The trigger fingers want an excuse
Now

The raging mob has lost its nerve
There's more of us but who goes first
No one dares to cross the line
The cops know that they've won

It's all over but not quite
The pigs have just begun to fight
They club your heads, kick your teeth
Police can riot all that they please

[Chorus]

Tomorrow you're homeless
Tonight it's a blast





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  1. Déreck Fournier

    0:53 it reminds me Bowser castle in mario bros, don't know why

  2. jpaschl

    #1 drinking your face off band

  3. Schrödingers Katze

    This sad story about humankind still goes on!
    Dead Kennedy and Jello tell us the truth!

  4. Victor Bautista

    ET likes DK!!!!!

  5. inkagiz

    Great, GREAT fucking song.
    Well constructed-
    Fantastically written-
    Great storytelling and visuals.
    Wicked dynamics and energy.
    And the musicianship...years ahead of its time.
    I'm now 52 yrs old. Discovered Eric and the boys back in 1982. I grew up in Vancouver 🇨🇦🤘🏻. When DOA, The Subhumans and a slew of other notable local punk bands were blossoming on the West Coast of North America. What a time. What a great fucking time in my life to develop. To discover. To be exposed to & to learn about...life- not just a new music movement called North American Hardcore. The gigs....Honest and unforgiving fun. Small, sweaty, shady venues. But they were real. The crowd was real. I have a ton of history and stories about it all. Truthfully they all amount to a hill of nothing. Other than stories and fond memories of my vulnerable youth.
    But looking back- there's NOT a chance that I'd change it for anything.

  6. Michael Teale

    One of the best hardcore albums ever?

  7. utubedestroysmytime

    666 likes today

  8. Wicca Leptica

    But you get to the place
    Where the real slavedrivers live

    The cops know that they've won

    Now you can smash all the windows that you want

  9. Vinyl Fiend668

    When commies walk the streets we got a serous problem...stop Antifa..stop white nationalists...today...enlist to the American freedom army, now!!! Lol.

    Kelly Tyner

    Ok, I see why you would want to stop the fucking racists. But Antifa, has D. Tramp burrowed into your brain? Antifa might have too many vegans or weird whatevers, but at least their acronym stands for "Anti-Fascist." You are not anti-fascist? Better quit listening to the DK's and other punk bands. Stick with the crappy right-wing bunch. WTF is American freedom army? Just another right-wing fascist militia sounds like to me. GFY.

  10. Vinyl Fiend668

    Bricks for you boys and blue and the black robed jerkoff who gave an innocent man 25 years ta life!

  11. John Alexander

    They came and played Aberdeen, Scotland. Said my local band Toxik Ephex were the best punk band in Scotland. I agree. Check out Toxik Ephex songs: 1) Police Brutality 2) Secrets 3)Criminal Record.

  12. james blatterman

    Whoa blow

  13. pizza enthusiast

    9 people listen to the radio

  14. Salamun Sudiro

    A Cowboys punk

  15. Michael Greco

    Watching this at 66,666 views O:

  16. Michael Hirsemann

    Best Band ever

  17. Patricia del Carmen Andrade Villarroel

    El banquete de vietnam

    MrAllthatnmore

    Patricia del Carmen Andrade Villarroel Que guey?

  18. Jayden Boggs

    Jello sounds like Quagmire in this song

    Gay Hobo

    Jayden Boggs hahahah

    Esme Gervais

    why would you say something so controversial yet so brave,,

    viciousspew

    @Esme Gervais shaddap

    Esme Gervais

    @viciousspew :)

  19. Peter Adams

    I don't know how you could have a better riot song.

  20. Shroombie .v1

    0:22 cant stop dragging my pick across the corrosion sleeve on the 6th string like this its actually fun

  21. UncleRosie

    There was a fine Man named Jeff Hanneman who loved these guys. He wrote songs that have become legendary in their own right. THIS SONG is as heavy as Slayer. Somehow its even HEAVIER! Only Black Sabbath and the Dead Kennedys own the right to contest who has written the heaviest song of all time.
    It's almost prophetic isn't it? With what's happening all over the world right now?
    "Jump away now don't get...CAUGHT!"

    Kelly Tyner

    Like your post. Never heard of Jeff H. though. In any case, these guys are so fucking cool! Saw them in Wilmington, CA at the Longshoreman's Hall. Dude picked up a folding chair and belted dude #2 in the head. Police sealed the doors. Kennedys were in the middle of RIOT when it happened. What did they do? They put on gas masks and kept playing. Cops opened doors, shot in tear gas, hit us with clubs saying, "get the fuck out," and Kennedys kept playing. There were about 2,000 punks and 200 cops. Tried to see them again in San Luis Obispo Ca. What happened? DK's didn't play for whatever reason. Result: RIOT. People started plucking bricks off the Veterans hall to throw at cops and their cars. Ahhhh, my misspent youth....

  22. Jeff Baker

    He had such a great guitar sound.

  23. surly one

    Greatest song ever!

  24. La Muerte

    Bass is something else 😍💗

    Jeff Baker

    And their drummer was a monster. Great stuff.

  25. Samizdat Broadcasts

    A big hit at UC Berkeley.

  26. Kevinallentoole Chen

    perfect song for 2017....

  27. Jimmy Myers

    Rioting-the unbeatable high
    Adrenalin shoots your nerves to the sky
    Everyone knows this town is gonna blow
    And it's all gonna blow right now:.

    Now you can smash all the windows that you want
    All you really need are some friends and a rock
    Throwing a brick never felt so damn good
    Smash more glass
    Scream with a laugh
    And wallow with the crowds
    Watch them kicking peoples' ass

    But you get to the place
    Where the real slavedrivers live
    It's walled off by the riot squad
    Aiming guns right at your head
    So you turn right around
    And play right into their hands
    And set your own neighbourhood
    Burning to the ground instead

    [Chorus]
    Riot-the unbeatable high
    Riot-shoots your nerves to the sky
    Riot-playing into their hands
    Tomorrow you're homeless
    Tonight it's a blast

    Get your kicks in quick
    They're callin' the national guard
    Now could be your only chance
    To torch a police car

    Climb the roof, kick the siren in
    And jump and yelp for joy
    Quickly-dive back in the crowd
    Slip away, now don't get caught

    Let's loot the spiffy hi-fi store
    Grab as much as you can hold
    Pray your full arms don't fall off
    Here comes the owner with a gun

    [Chorus]

    The barricades spring up from nowhere
    Cops in helmets line the lines
    Shotguns prod into your bellies
    The trigger fingers want an excuse
    Now

    The raging mob has lost its nerve
    There's more of us but who goes first
    No one dares to cross the line
    The cops know that they've won

    It's all over but not quite
    The pigs have just begun to fight
    They club your heads, kick your teeth
    Police can riot all that they please

    [Chorus]

    Tomorrow you're homeless
    Tonight it's a blast

    Sugar Free

    Obrigado (thanks) for the lyrics !

  28. Mach Landar

    still incredibly relevant 34 years later...the whole album is.....

    Sintra Saloio

    Fucking AWESOME!!!

    OldJoeClarke

    Wow, that makes me feel old, I listen to this album all the time and forgot it has bee out so long. For me, it is their best work and up with the truly greatest albums ever made.

  29. Antifoul Awl

    Tomorrow your homeless.
    Tonight it's a blast.

  30. alantois

    hillary stole the election from Bernie. she is corrupt and evil. she deserves to be punished for high treason! i hope she croaks! the diseased old bitch.

    alantois

    +Wut Gman that hurts really my feelings!

    Walt

    Look, I didn't meant to hurt your  feelings. We all need to man up sometimes and admit when we are wrong. I'll wait for your apology, so whenever you're ready ...

    surly one

    The DNC stole Bernie from us because he is against lobbying and corporate influence. The Democrats are there for the money and Bernie was a threat to incoming cash. The system is fucked and your blame is completely misguided.

    Walt

    Bernie ... is against lobbying and corporate influence bc he couldn't get any, as if it wasn't obvious enough by now. The DNC invested into Hil bc she makes that money, my dude. Whatever, enjoy your Antifa getting infiltrated by 4chan then wikileaks saying Bernie helped fund those 'terrorists in black and red'. Tell me I'm wrong come 2018.

    AnFash

    Man I dont know who to side with because I like Bernie but I think antifa is gay

  31. philip briggs

    RIOT!I"D RATHER WATCH CORRIE WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY.BLISS

  32. Amin Jacoub

    Great fucking song. So brutal

  33. RZAJW

    1.30 thats the most intense shit i have ever heard

    Tori Tennant

    That’s intense to you?

    Erich Fischer

    @Tori Tennant no shit huh. Wow that's huge bro. LMAO

    Tori Tennant

    Erich Fischer oof, thanks for bringing me back to this video, this is like the first song my boyfriend told me to listen to

  34. utubedestroysmytime

    so fuckin punk it drips. so dope.

  35. Kyle Shepherd

    Why isn't this stuff on Spotify.. -_-

    Evan Mitchell

    +Kyle Shepherd haha right?

    matchuhuki

    It is now at least

  36. zac moore

    That ain't E.T's hand.

    MrAllthatnmore

    zac moore no it was the hand of a starving Biafra kid

    iLoveEritrea

    Not funny man. Wow.

  37. Anthony Sherman

    Baltimore tonight

  38. David Wiseman

    I wonder if Jello will do this song live with the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

  39. Robert Frazier

    Had to come here after watching the news!

  40. A Giant Sloar

    This is Ferguson tonight.

    rockvilleraven

    @A Giant Sloar Or Baltimore, MD right now.

  41. Necroceliac

    11/24/2014

  42. unbridledenthusiasm

    fucking masterpiece.

    Pokemon Fetish

    Goddamn right

  43. HueyRocks23

    Ferguson, Missouri August 2014

    BradTheProducer

    November, but close.

    oxpocket

    @BradTheProducer So quick to be a dick... The initial riot was in early August.

    Octospidr

    Shut up, you three

    Joe Smith

    fuck blm and antifa

  44. dardevVI

    this pic always choc me

    danielscissorhands

    It choc you? Nice English.

  45. Leelou Anera S.

    Fucking good...!!!

    rusty138

    More like, good fucking!

  46. Dr. Depper

    ☆☆☆☆!
    Power Beat♪!

  47. Qumars Haris

    Mother Fucking Kids.

  48. Sea BelowMe

    Man this takes me back, great song

  49. marts41

    Florida are bracing for protests and possible riots as the trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman winds down.


  50. Aram Schwartz

    how exactly?

  51. ComradeAgopian

    Then you get crushed by the herd , or lynched by the mob .

  52. Peter Deer

    Good, an upload that doesn't cut off the end.

  53. Peter Deer

    Oh hey someone who doesn't cut off the ending

    how novel

    James Drummer

    dead kennedys rule the best punk rock every drumer64