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Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the U.K. Meaning

Song Released: 1976

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Anarchy in the U.K. Lyrics

Right ! now ! ha ha ha ha ha

I am an antichrist
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want but
I know how to get it
I wanna destroy the passer by cos i

I wanna be anarchy !
No dogs body

Anarchy for the u.k it’s coming sometime and...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 15th 2006 report

    The Sex Pistols were the FIRST punk band. People did not know how bad things were until the Sex Pistols told them. I think the song is in response to societal failures regarding youth. The economic system had Disenfranchised youth - limited their schooling and job possibilities, etc. Therefore, the state of young people was anarchy itself. I think they are saying Society has f***ed us so lets f*** them.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 4th 2020 report

    This is the first punk band. I’m an anarcho-punk girl myself. This song was the birth of that genre. This is what made people realize how fucking screwed up the world is

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2018 report

    About the time when JOHNNY ROTTEN of THE SEX PISTOLS was striking out his anger on the system, like a cornered rat, turned Anarchist with this song. Who's ''REVOLTING AGAINST ALL'' the damage done by Liberalism's long run affect on his country's youth that became mad hungry and angry. Growing up with and through the confusion of the political, religious,cultural and sexual revolution of the sixties onward. Which was promoted by the ungodly radical Revolutionary left wig leaders that had have infiltrated the culture that chaotically corrupted the Christian moral values off the Brit[ish] youth in the U.K. not to act like godly human beings anymore. Anotherwords the King Of Punk Rock, known as Johnny Rotten was at the time ''throwing back The Establishment's infiltrated shitty left wing liberal ways of Marxist cultural Revolution back in Their Faces. Like an angry modern day Jesus, compare to being sarcastically labeled an antichrist, who was turning the tables on Liberalism's radical left wig revolutionaries of the time. In order to make them a little uncertain of their gamblings that was going on in his Father's House.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2013 report

    It's about society and the government and about how f***cked up today's government bullshit these days. The Sex Pistol's kick Miley Cyrus's ass! >:3

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2013 report

    It's clearly about social impacts and the government.

  6. RebeccaSmith2000
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    Feb 27th 2013 report

    Look, Malcolm McLaren did not copy the new york dolls. The dolls was formed in 71 and The Strand (early pistols group) in 72 on opposite sides of the pond. Much of this stuff happened organically and simultaneously. The Sex Pistols didn't sound anything like the NYD.

    As far as any dolt who says the Ramones were THE FIRST punk rock band, please note they formed in 1974.

    McLaren credited Richard Hell for clothing style, not musical influence.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2012 report

    Are they being sarcastic or not? Are they mocking anarchism and anarchists or are they, in fact, rebelling against the government?

    The last verse seems to suggest that they are mocking anarchists.

  8. anonymous
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    May 4th 2011 report

    its a joke
    its the core-message
    sex pistols werent the first ones
    but they gave it its soul
    with a sarcastic humor driven agression

  9. megan
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    Oct 20th 2010 report

    I really love sex pistols! this song "Anarchy in the uk" its disclosure would prove against the British government and show their rebellion against them

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  10. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2010 report

    The Sex Pistols were infact not the first "punk" band but the first well known punk band. They were the first British band to appear from the punk genre, and were the most popular. They have left the biggest mark on society from what they did.
    As for the song, it's an image of the bands opinions of the politics of the times.

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  11. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2009 report

    don't you all be stupid, malcolm maclaren just copied The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and Richard Hell, put it all together and gave us The Sex Pistols, a completly made-up band. The pistols are from 75, and in early 60's Lou Reed was already showing what rock was all about with The Velvet Underground, and what punk would be. Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The New York Dolls are the true first punks.

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  12. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2009 report

    I think the first three verses are mocking the fake anarchists and the fourth is mocking government.

  13. kolocow
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    Mar 28th 2009 report

    Perhaps the only track that moves me every time I hear it. Always it will be ...'Right..Now...' then the laughter. So menacing.

    Its pretty meaningless which reflects a state of alienation. UDA,IRA,UK. Who gives a fuck when your alienated and the place is as negative as the UK was in 1976.

    John Lyndon later went onto say how much he respected the Queen. The perfect gentleman.

    Its now a fragment of history, but not without its raw emotion. It was never really about fashion. Youngster to day, who are much wiser than we were see through messages, but unfortunately they have lost their will to put two fingers up to the world.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2008 report

    Sex Pistols have great punk songs but this would definitely be the best because it's about what all punks think about ANARCHY anarchy is anything against the government and we gotta fight for what we believe in the sex pistols did exactly this the megadeath version was shit

  15. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2008 report

    Actually, all the Sex Pistols believed in was Nothing. They were nihilists, and the song is intended to shock people. Of course, shocking the status quo is always good, the best way to beat dogma is to challenge it directly in the way that offends it most, but this song does nothing but defame anarchism.

  16. RobbieR
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    Sep 5th 2008 report

    This song is all about being free to live your life with no higher authority. It's also about sticking it back to the man and fighting for what you believe and to be free to do whatever you want. Straying away from what society thinks you should or should not do.

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