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Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop


Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - Meaning of the song


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.


The Ramones' famous chant, "Hey, Ho, Let's Go!" is a big part of this song. They wanted their own chant after hearing "Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers, which had the chant "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y, Night." Joey Ramone explained:

"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'."


Blitzkrieg Bop - Lyrics


Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go


They're forming in a 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

They're generating steam heat

Pulsating to the back beat

The Blitzkrieg Bop


Hey ho, let's go

Shoot 'em in the back now

What they want, I don't know

They're all revved up and ready to go


They're forming in a 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

They're generating steam heat

Pulsating to the back beat

The Blitzkrieg Bop


Hey ho, let's go

Shoot 'em in the back now

What they want, I don't know

They're all revved up and ready to go


They're forming in a 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

They're generating steam heat

Pulsating to the back beat

The Blitzkrieg Bop


Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go

Hey ho, let's go

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