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The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid



Offspring frontman Dexter Holland explained the meaning behind this punk rock rager in an interview:


"The guy from 'Pretty Fly' was hooked on the latest fashion culture and [the guy from] 'You're Gonna Go Far, Kid' is busy manipulating other people. You can take him as a high school kid who tries to form his own social group, but on the way he manipulates others with a behavior disorder that will never leave him. You might see that guy later as a United States deputy or running a corporation. Even if that boy has grown up, his idea of manipulating will always be with him."



Lyrics


Show me how to lie


You're getting better all the time


And turning all against the one


Is an art that's hard to teach


Another clever word


Sets off an unsuspecting herd


And as you step back into line


A mob jumps to their feet



Now dance, fucker, dance


Man, he never had a chance


And no one even knew


It was really only you



And now you steal away


Take him out today


Nice work you did


You're gonna go far, kid



With a thousand lies


And a good disguise


Hit 'em right between the eyes


Hit 'em right between the eyes


When you walk away


Nothing more to say


See the lightning in your eyes


See 'em running for their lives



Slowly out of line


And drifting closer in your sight


So play it out I'm wide-awake


It's a scene about me


There's something in your way


And now someone is gonna pay


And if you can't get what you want


Well it's all because of me



Now dance, fucker, dance


Man, I never had a chance


And no one even knew


It was really only you



And now you'll lead the way


Show the light of day


Nice work you did


You're gonna go far, kid


Trust, deceived



With a thousand lies


And a good disguise


Hit 'em right between the eyes


Hit 'em right between the eyes


When you walk away


Nothing more to say


See the lightning in your eyes


See 'em running for their lives



Now dance, fucker, dance


He never had a chance


And no one even knew


It was really only you



So dance, fucker, dance


I never had a chance


It was really only you



With a thousand lies


And a good disguise


Hit 'em right between the eyes


Hit 'em right between the eyes


When you walk away


Nothing more to say


See the lightning in your eyes


See 'em running for their lives



Clever alibis


Lord of the Flies


Hit 'em right between the eyes


Hit 'em right between the eyes


When you walk away


Nothing more to say


See the lightning in your eyes


See 'em running for their lives

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