Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Johnny Rotten

Born John Lydon, in London on January 31, 1956.

Lead singer for the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. Some argue that he and the Sex Pistols started "punk" rock. I don't know about that, but they were certainly at the front.


I recently read his autobiography "Rotten - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs." A difficult read as it is more of a free flowing description of his life as opposed to a coherent story. But, maybe that's how his life is/was. He is very bitter... hostile to other bands of the time, particularly The Clash. It probably doesn't help that he and the other members of the Sex Pistols were ripped off during their brief, but profitable career.


Lydon wrote the lyrics to "God Save the Queen." He later explained: "You don't write a song like 'God Save The Queen' because you hate the English race. You write a song like that because you love them, and you're sick of seeing them mistreated."


The song was a hit, but caused so much controversy that at one point Lydon was attacked in the streets by an angry mob. He described the attack in his book. He was knocked down, kicked, stabbed in his left hand and leg. Because of those injuries he cannot make a fist properly with his left hand and has to play guitar right-handed even though he is left-handed.


God Save the Queen

God save the queen
her fascist regime
It made you a moron
a potential H bomb!

God save the queen
she ain't no human being
There is no future
in englands dreaming

Don't be told what you want
don't be told what you need
Theres no future,
no future,
no future for you.

God save the queen,
we mean it man (God save window leen)
We love our queen.
God saves (God save... human beings)

God save the queen
cos tourists are money
And our figurehead
is not what she seems

Oh God save history
God save your mad parade
Oh lord God have mercy
All crimes are paid

When there's no future
How can there be sin
We're the flowers
in the dustbin
We're the poison
in your human machine
We're the future,
your future

God save the queen
we mean it man
There is no future
in England's dreaming

No future
No future for you
No future for me

3 comments:

turalura said...

You might enjoy my current post about how my musical pet peeves.

[If I knew anything about bikes I would say something about them in this space. So, I will just second Kristy's "Butts!"]

fasterjim said...

Lura-

It is never too late to learn about bikes. Thanks for the comment. I liked your music post.

Kristy said...

Butts!