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A Closer Look: (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

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Yeah, so, I was listening to the Beastie Boys the other day, because the Beastie Boys are rad. I started listening to them when I was 15 years old, and I have always loved them. But when I was listening to the lyrics of “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” I realized I was having a different reaction to them.


Let’s take a closer look at the lyrics for “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).”

Kick it!

You wake up late for school, man you don’t want to go
You ask you mom, please? but she still says, no!
You missed two classes, and no homework
But your teacher preaches class like you’re some kind of jerk

It sounds like you’re not taking your education very seriously. Your mom wants you to have a good life; a better life than she ever had. If you want a job that pays more than minimum wage, you’re going to have to buckle down and go to school. And your teacher knows that many jobs in the real world require a college degree, and you’re just slacking off. It’s kind of a jerk move on your part. You better just deal with the fact that you have several more years of school left.

You gotta fight for your right to party

Your pop caught you smoking, and he said, no way!
That hypocrite smokes two packs a day
Man, living at home is such a drag
Now your mom threw away your best porno mag (bust it!)

It sounds like your father doesn’t want you to make the same mistakes he has made. Smoking is addictive and can lead to serious health problems and even death. Also, it’s expensive. Your mother threw your pornography away because you probably left it laying around where she could find it. You should watch your porn on the internet like a normal person. Also, your mother probably thinks it’s wrong to objectify women and knows that sometimes pornography can give men unrealistic expectations when it comes to sex and women. She’s trying to help you.

You gotta fight for your right to party

You gotta fight

Don’t step out of this house if that’s the clothes you’re gonna wear
I’ll kick you out of my home is you don’t cut that hair
Your mom busted in and said, what’s that noise?
Aw, mom you’re just jealous it’s the Beastie Boys!

Well, this is tricky. I don’t know what clothes you are wearing. Are you wearing a Confederate Flag shirt or maybe a KKK uniform? Then your parents are probably really disappointed in you, and they are wondering where they went wrong, parenting-wise. Most likely, you are just wearing jeans and T-shirt, which means they are probably not really mad about your clothes. You should trying talking to them and ask them what’s really troubling them. I think the answer may surprise you.

You gotta fight for your right to party
You gotta fight for your right to party


It’s true. You probably do need to fight for your right to party in Trump’s America. You gotta fight for your right to freedom of speech and peaceably to assemble. You will also need to fight for your right to choose if you’re a woman, your right to vote if your African-American and your right to marry the person you love if you are gay in this country. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when you feel like someone is infringing on your rights to party. A little perceptive never hurt anybody.

Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, go to baseball games, kick breast cancer's ass, explore with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

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