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Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take it - Meaning of the song


Dee Snider started writing this song in 1980, two years before Twisted Sister released their first album, Under the Blade. He had the hook, but couldn't come up with a verse melody. After Def Leppard released their Pyromania album in 1983, Snider came up with a plan.


"I was studying some of Mutt Lange's work with Def Leppard, I saw that a number of their songs were using variations on the chorus as a verse," he told us. "That gave me the information I needed to come up with the rest of 'We're Not Gonna Take It.'"


The song was finished in time for Twisted Sister's third album, Stay Hungry, which was their breakthrough, taking them out of the clubs and into arenas. "We're Not Gonna Take It," released as the first single, led the charge thanks to the innovative video with cartoonish violence featuring a young kid that turns into Snider, telling his father he's "Not gonna take it!"


Dee Snider explained:


"With 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' whether I was singing about my parents, my teachers, my bosses, my peers, people around me, I felt it was important not to define it by actually naming names and singing, 'Dad, you're so trite and jaded, I hate my teachers, too.' And thus, the song has had a life in sporting events, at political rallies, at protests, pretty much anybody who's not taking something from somebody else, they're going to break into 'We're Not Gonna Take It' all over the world."



We're Not Gonna Take it - Lyrics


We're not gonna take it

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore


We've got the right to choose and there ain't no way we'll lose it

This is our life, this is our song

We'll fight the powers that be just, don't pick our destiny 'cause

You don't know us, you don't belong


We're not gonna take it

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore


Oh, you're so condescending, your gall is never ending

We don't want nothing, not a thing, from you

Your life is trite and jaded, boring and confiscated

If that's your best, your best won't do


We're right, yeah

We're free, yeah

We'll fight, yeah

You'll see, yeah


We're not gonna take it

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore

We're not gonna take it

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore


No way!


We're right, yeah

We're free, yeah

We'll fight, yeah

You'll see, yeah


We're not gonna take it

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore


We're not gonna take it (no!)

No, we ain't gonna take it

We're not gonna take it anymore (just you try and make us)


We're not gonna take it (come on)

No, we ain't gonna take it (you're all worthless and weak)

We're not gonna take it anymore (now drop and give me twenty)


We're not gonna take it (a pledge pin)

No, we ain't gonna take it (on your uniform)

We're not gonna take it anymore


Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take it - Live


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