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California über Alles

19 October 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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Dead Kennedys, “We’ve got a Bigger Problem Now”, 1980/81(?). Music begins at 1:15.

Even more important now than then. You know that’s true, both because I said so and because I’m older than you are.

I’m looking forward, sadly, to a day when YouTube — and that is to say, Google — caves to pressure from some group or another to take this video and all other versions of this song off the intertube forever. Perhaps then people will wake the fuck up. Save your copy to encrypted storage today!


Last call for alcohol.
Last call for your freedom of speech.
Drink up. Happy hour is now enforced by law.
Don’t forget our house special, it’s called a Trickie Dickie Screwdriver.
It’s got one part Jack Daniels, two parts purple Kool-Aid,
and a jigger of formaldehyde
from the jar with Hitler’s brain in it we got in the back.
Happy trails to you. Happy trails to you.

I am Emperor Ronald Reagan
Born again with fascist cravings
Still, you made me president

Human rights will soon go ‘way
I am now your Shah today
Now I command all of you
Now you’re going to pray in school
I’ll make sure they’re Christian too

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

Ku Klux Klan will control you
Still you think it’s natural
Nigger knockin’ for the master race
Still you wear the happy face

You closed your eyes, can’t happen here
Alexander Haig is near
Vietnam won’t come back you say
Join the army or you will pay

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

Yeah, that’s it. Just relax.
Have another drink, few more pretzels, little more MSG.
Turn on those Dallas Cowboys on your TV.
Lock your doors. Close your mind.
It’s time for the two-minute warning.

Welcome to 1984
Are you ready for the third world war?!?
You too will meet the secret police
They’ll draft you and they’ll jail your niece

You’ll go quietly to boot camp
They’ll shoot you dead, make you a man
Don’t you worry, it’s for a cause
Feeding global corporations’ claws

Die on our brand new poison gas
El Salvador or Afghanistan
Making money for President Reagan
And all the friends of President Reagan

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

  1. 3 Responses to “California über Alles”

  2. By Ethan Lee Vita on 19 October 2008

    I love this song, but I’m a little scared in that when I read this post I had just finished listening to it. :s

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 19 October 2008

    okay, that’s completely out of control :)

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