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Song Released: 2000

Minority Lyrics

I want to be the minority
I don't need your authority
Down with the moral majority
'Cause I want to be the minority

I pledge allegiance to the underworld
One nation under dog
There of which I stand alone
A face in the crowd


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    Feb 13th, 2006 2:58pm report

    I think that this song is all about not being scared to be who you really are and you should do what you want to do and not what others want you to do. Because YOU are your OWN PERSON. This song is about about stepping out and being an individual and not just another sheep in the herd. You shouldn't let anyone dictate your life.


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    Mar 24th, 2006 3:23am report

    Be yourself, don't let anyone tell you what to do, and also, this is from me F*CK OFF GEORGE BUSH.


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    Jun 23rd, 2012 6:41am report

    if you want the meaning - listen to his speech during the bullet in a bible version
    it is awesome


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    Apr 15th, 2012 4:33am report

    There should be small frdeeal income tax. Everything should revert down to the county or even city. User pays. Inner cities contributing nothing? You get nothing. In this world, you should get what you paid for. I don't mind contributing to national security but why should I finance a crack smoker in Detroit?


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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:07pm report

    This song reminds me of a recent article entitled, "Politics, Odors and Soap", by Nicholas Kristoff from the New York Times, dated 3/21/12. If the spirit moves you, read it and comment on this song. I am obviously just grasping, but I could be "on" to something.

    I want to be the minority
    I don't need your authority
    Down with the moral majority
    'Cause I want to be the minority

    Maybe the singer didn't "want" to be the minority, but he IS the minority whether he likes it or not. He doesn't much dig on authority which apparently if we believe Nicholas Kristof, means he is NOT a Republican. He says PHOOEY to the majority now because he is adjusting to being THEE minority.

    I pledge allegiance to the underworld
    One nation under dark
    There of which I stand alone
    A face in the crowd
    Unsung, against the mold
    Without a doubt
    Singled out
    The only way I know

    Maybe by pledging allegiance to the underworld he is vowing loyalty to satan, which of course, is an anti-Republican value. Republicans are dedicated to their party and reside in "God Country" ALWAYS. It also sounds as if they wash their hands a lot. At this point, if I had to wager, I'd say most definitely this man is NOT a Republican. (Oh where is that "fart spray" when it is so desperately needed?) His view of our nation is "dark", which means he doesn't understand why so many -in positions of authority and subordination- are liars. He feels like a face in the crowd which means he feels as if no one is listening to him. At the same time, he does NOT feel like a face in the crowd because he was singled out to be prawned. Yes indeed, he feels like a shrimp, cast out from the sea of life. Right now it is the only way he knows. And I think we all can agree that shrimp taste good, but smell bad.

    'Cause I want to be the minority
    I don't need your authority
    Down with the moral majority
    'Cause I want to be the minority

    He is learning to like his role as the single scampi. Yes, he's a part of a different breed.. He thinks those in authority make deals that are crappy & deceitful and he wants no part of it. The government & the media companies value concealment over disclosure. There is a widespread corrupt conspiracy at work in our midst. The captains of policy & industry and those who obey their orders are complicit. With much gusto, this odorous seafoodman thumbs his nose in their direction. "Down with the moral majority" might mean "impeach authority" & the government and all people who support an oppressive dictatorship. Who is MORAL? He'd rather be the odd shrimp out than stand with a large party of gas-filled yes men. Perhaps each person he questions regarding the legitimacy of their heinous plot is an "anomaly". (Not to be confused with "abnormal".) Then again, maybe each person is a Republican, hence "committed", but this time to an intricate web of murk.

    Stepped out of the line
    Like a sheep runs from the herd
    Marching out of time
    To my own beat now
    The only way I know

    Here the shrimp is speaking about how it felt to be "out of line" and not a part of the norm. It has been rather difficult, I'd guess. He felt like the black shrimp of the family running away from the herd of angry clean sheep. He marches to the tune of his own beat and it is the only way he knows. He is not one of the gang. He is "okay" with being ostracized by life and its wooly players because he knows they want to eat him as an appetizer at one of their fancy cocktail parties.. He thinks their hidden practices stink.

    One light, one mind
    Flashing in the dark
    Blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts
    "For crying out loud", she screamed unto me
    A free for all
    Fuck 'em all
    You are your own sight

    "One light, one mind" sounds like Bob Marley. Maybe the singer is saying, "Let's Get Together And Feel Alright". It's a big shift from the madness we hear in the rest of the lyrics. Perhaps he is like Lady Gaga's muse who said, "My life is very volatile, man." Then he shouts about flashing in the dark, blinded by silence, for crying in the beer, screaming What In The Sam Hill, it's a free for all, Fuck You, Fuck My Feet, Shame on You, There Is An Old Saying In Tennessee, "You Can't Fool The Fool Three Times" or so on, along those lines. Then the last sentence which reads, "You are your own sight" which sounds like doomsday information for the shrimp who only sees darkness. At this juncture, I think we are to believe the prawn is screwed.

    I think this song is telling us to try to see things from the enemies POV. Let's all try to get along, eh? As "Tom from Tuscaloosa" wrote in the comments printed after the Kristoff article, "Both sides need more empathy"; the cast-out single shrimp and the mass of hungry power sheep. BTW: How "threatening" is a shrimp? Hmm.


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    Mar 16th, 2012 3:40am report

    He is talking about the two types of governments we have in America. Most people have no clue that we have two types of government, and even less knowledge that they have a choice between the two.(the majority) is run as a Legislative Democracy based on opinions of the majority, the other is (the minority) a Judicial Republic which is based on the individual.

    Government was instituted to protect and maintain individual rights (the minority). Yet 99% of people except the collective opinions of the majority as law. What if my opinion (the minority)differed from the collective opinion(the majority)?

    The song is based on this concept...
    The American Idiot song is also based on this concept.


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    Nov 30th, 2011 11:58pm report

    This is about not doing what the government wants you to do, or eve n what other people (ie your parents, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husbad) want you do. The "Stepped out of the line Like a sheep runs from the herd" is addressing sheeple.


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    Feb 24th, 2011 2:52pm report

    I totally get many of the ideas here, but for me it's about being all you can be - it's only yourself who can hold you back. You can see as far ahead as you want (or have been told you can) so it's your constraints that hold you back, not anyone elses control.


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    Jan 26th, 2011 1:21pm report

    I think it's about not letting everyone else tell you what to do because you're you and not a living creature on this planet can change that.


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    Aug 6th, 2009 8:19pm report

    Minority is about breaking away from the status quo, and being your own person. Its like 'who cares what the majority thinks? I say ______ because its what I believe in" You can be who you want to be, and you don't really have to do what everyone says you have to do, even if they put a gun to your head. "I want to be the MINORITY, I don't need your AUTHORITY, DOWN WITH THE MORAL MAJORITY..."

    do the math people


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    Sep 5th, 2008 9:30pm report

    It's about herd mentality, basically, and I also think it's about how ultimately EVERYONE is in the minority in some form or other, which just adds to the idiocy of trying to be normal


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    Jun 19th, 2008 6:01pm report

    This song is about being yourself. Its really obvious in the first verse when it says "I WANNA BE THE MINORITY!" or in other words, I want to be different. I am not a follower. Minority also means to not give in to what the government tells you. That meaning stands out in the part "I DONT NEED YOUR AUTHORITY, DOWN WITH THE MORAL MAJORITY"


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    Jan 3rd, 2008 1:13am report

    It's about not following the mainstream crowd and doing what YOU want to do. Just because what you want to do has other people doing it, doesn't mean that you're being a poser or whatever. You're still doing it because you want to and the minority is the smaller part, so you aren't the ONLY one doing it, you're just the smaller bit of people.


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    May 5th, 2007 5:53pm report

    This song is about not conforming. It's about being your own person, no matter what other people think.


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    Feb 24th, 2007 2:52am report

    this song was written as a result of Nirvana's "I hate myself and I want to die". Noel took great exception to this song as he couldn't stand seeing someone on smack from america portraying that kind of message to british kids. Especially when Cobain himself had everything he wanted whereas noel and liam where still on the dole at the time but still loved life hence "live forever" was born


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    Nov 17th, 2006 11:12pm report

    This song is all about standing out, and standing up. Be whoever you want to, don't let anyone dictate your life. Live it however you want to.


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    Nov 8th, 2006 11:57pm report

    This song is about being an individual or a nonconformist and going against the majority of the crowd.

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