What does Come Out and Play mean?

The Offspring: Come Out and Play Meaning

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Come Out and Play Lyrics

You gotta keep'm separated

They're like the latest fashion
They're like a spreading disease
The kids are strappin' on their way to the classroom
Getting weapons with the greatest of ease
The gangs stake own campus locale
And if they catch...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 14th 2008 !⃝

    I believe this song is about the degeneration of youth: "one got wasted and the other's a waste," this relating to drugs and gang violence, kids killing each other and such.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 27th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about gangsters.

    "If you're under 18 you won't be doing any time"- you don't go to 'jail' if you're under 18 in most states. In some it's 16.

    "Come out and play"- Come out and have a gun fight.

    I think this song isn't all that hard to figure out, guys...

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2019 !⃝

    So we're just going to ignore the fact that since we are talking about gang violence in California around that time period, that we are actually talking about the Bloods and Crips, Latin Kings, Sur 13 etc.(If one guys colors and the others don't mix, They're gonna bash it up) which consequently are either black or brown people. So imagine the unsettled bewilderment when it says "Your never ending spree of death and violence and hate
    Is gonna TIE YOUR OWN ROPE"... Just gonna act like this particular line has NO MEANING huh?? I actually came here because I'm in a band and this song was suggested. I knew the music but didn't know the lyrics. Once I realized the content and that particular line I told the rest of the band that I had to do some homework on this song before I'd do it. However, since no one is speaking to that line (as if it doesn't exist) I must look elsewhere..oh by the way..if you hadn't guessed it by now I am in fact black, in a band that covers rock.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2012 !⃝

    A friend told me it was about a law passed out in california. The law was about a type of frog that when licked would cause acid like hallucinations. If you had only one frog it was considered a pet, but if you were in possesion of 2 frogs it made you a drug dealer (since the frogs would mate). The reference to if one guys colors and the others don't mix is actually about the color pattern on the frogs. "gotta bash it up" referenced needing to kill the frog. etc..

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  5. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2012 !⃝

    it came out in the 90's so its pretty easy after reading the lyrics to figure out its about the gang violence in california during the time period

  6. mojolukasmojo
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    Dec 21st 2010 !⃝

    This song is about gang violence and the fights kids get into.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2006 !⃝

    The person above got the wrong song. The song actually seems to be about how the average age for gang members is getting younger and younger.

  8. xnthedragon
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    Jun 18th 2006 !⃝

    This song is about how there is a guy who thinks he's slick but is just a wannabe poser.

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  9. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2006 !⃝

    This is about the ignorance known as, gangs, and what gangs do to eachother and how stupid it is...Read the lyrics people!

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