The Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop Meaning
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Song Released: 1976
Blitzkrieg Bop Lyrics
Hey ho, let's go Hey ho, let's go
They're forming in straight line
They're going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds
The Blitzkrieg Bop
They're piling in the back seat
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Joey Ramone: "I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked The Bay City Rollers. Their song 'Saturday Night' had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go!'. 'Blitzkrieg Bop' was our 'Saturday Night'."
Tommy Ramone: "I wrote 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' but Dee Dee contributed the title and he changed one line. There was a line that went, 'They're shouting in the back now.' He changed it to 'Shoot 'em in the back now,' which is a non sequitur. But to him it made sense."
anonymous Aug 23rd 2020 report
Hey Ho Let's G0 was a chant they wanted to be known for and get the audience into the song.
Forming in a straight line
People lined up at the venue, CBGBs most likely
Going through a tight wind winding through the tight packed crowd to go somewhere like to bathroom or to leave.
Kids are losing their minds The music is so hard and good compaired to the crap that they were hearing at the time
Blitzkrieg Bop, relating the fast moving crowd rushing in and rushing the stage and bopping around dancing in place in the tight crowd to the German army lightning fast rush into a battle
Piling in the back seat has double meaning
1 man and a woman in the back seat of a car...Generating steam heat from their romantic coupling (sexual passion and all that goes with it)
2 People getting a spot at the show in the back seats of the bar generating steam heat due to the people crammed in and generating body heat
Shoot 'me in the back now
Originally Tommy had it as Shouting from the back now What they want I don't know
They hear shouts from the crowd but don't know what they are saying
Dee dee changed it to shoot em in the back
Shoot em, the people in the back of the bar, because they are disrupting the show Don't know what they want
Shoot in the back now adds shock value to the song and makes you pay attention
anonymous Mar 19th 2016 report
The Ramones wrote this as a salute to their fans - it's about having a good time at a show.
Some fans interpret the song differently, however, as "Blitzkrieg" is a German term meaning "Lighting War." The Blitzkrieg was Hitler's army and in this interpretation, the Bop in the song is the march that the soldiers do. Here's a look at this interpretation:
"Hey ho, let's go" - The soldiers marching.
"They're forming in a straight line" - The soldiers are standing in a line.
"They're going through a tight wind" - Cars going down the autobahn.
"The kids are losing their minds" - Boys being turned into soldiers by Hitler.
"The Blitzkrieg Bop" - The soldiers march.
"They're piling in the back seat" - People piling into vehicles to get on the autobahn and soldiers piling into vehicles.
"They're generating steam heat" - The engines were so hot they started to steam.
"Pulsating to the back beat" - Germans getting pumped for war.
"Shoot'em in the back now" - Hitler being shot.
"What they want, I don't know" - Why Hitler was in the war.
"They're all revved up and ready to go" - The soldiers getting ready to fight. (thanks, Josh - Hibbing, MN)
anonymous Jun 10th 2010 report
Some people might think this is about Nazis, but in a way, It's just about having a good time at a rock show. 'The kids are losing their minds' might be referring to all the kids back in the Brit Invasion days who went crazy every time they heard a Rolling Stones song. 'Piling in the back seat', if you ask me, is talking about people hurrying up to get in the car, and get to the concert. One time my mom went to a Smiths show in Chicago, and she had to get up at 2 o'clock in the morning to get there on time, and she didn't stop at all along the way.
Its the sound of the words in the song that made it work. A Bop is a gathering or party. Blitzkrieg is a lightening war. Forming in lines to atack. Its about being organised and going out for a good night. The intention to kill, the steam heat of youth. Hey ho..lets go. You can see the luftwaffe pilot pointing to the Stuka's down to Guernica.
anonymous Dec 3rd 2008 report
Blitzkrieg wasnt an air battle it was a type of attack that the germans used during world war 2. it means lightning fast and its where there was a bombardment (usually by planes) then alot of mobile units would swarm in completly overwhelming everyone. the great big air battle you are refering to is the battle of Britain
anonymous Apr 9th 2006 report
A blitzkreig is a war tactic of a quic strike to take over land...Hitler used this in Poland 1940.
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